Lidstrom scores in overtime, Crunch push Marlies to brink of elimination

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Joakim Lindstrom scored in overtime as the Syracuse Crunch beat Toronto 5-4 Wednesday, pushing the Marlies to the brink of elimination from the American Hockey League playoffs.

The Crunch lead the second-round Calder Cup series 3-1 and can wrap things up in Game 5 on Friday in Toronto.

The Marlies led 4-2 after two periods, but third-period goals from Derek MacKenzie and Derick Brassard sent the game to overtime.

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Zenon Konopka led the Crunch with a goal and three assists, including helpers on the game-tying and game-winning goals.

Tom Sestito also scored for Syracuse.

Derrick Walser, John Mitchell, Kris Newbury and Jamie Sifers scored for Toronto. Jay Harrison assisted on all four goals.

Karl Goehring was outstanding again for Syracuse, making 39 saves. Scott Clemmensen was equally impressive for the Marlies, stopping 42 shots.