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Justin Abdelkader’s OT heroics lead Griffins over Marlies 3-2

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Justin Abdelkader scored twice, including the overtime winner as the Grand Rapids Griffins won 3-2 over the Toronto Marlies in AHL action Wednesday.

Both Abdelkader’s goals came on the power play, opening the scoring at 3:35 of the first and finished it in overtime for his 14th of the year. Francis Pare had the other goal for Grand Rapids.

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Mark Bell and Bates Battaglia both scored their 11th of the year for Toronto.

Justin Pogge made 27 saves for the Marlies, who move to 21-16-2-5.

Jimmy Howard stopped 24 shots for Griffins (15-21-1-5).