Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos

TORONTO — Its the toughest loss of Dallas Eakins coaching career. Tarell Brown Jersey . Mike Kostka scored a fluke goal in overtime as the Norfolk Admirals defeated the Toronto Marlies 1-0 in American Hockey League championship final action on Thursday. Kostka wristed a shot from centre on a dump-in 9:09 into overtime that deflected off a stanchion along the glass into the empty Marlies net. The Admirals now lead the series 3-0 after taking Games 1 and 2 last week in Norfolk, Va. “I would rather someone take a pair of steel-toed boots and hit me in a delicate region than to lose a hockey game like that,” Eakins said. “That is a tough way to lose in the playoffs — off a stanchion — after our boys battled so hard. “I can never recall in any kind of league final a puck going in like that.” It was such a fluke goal that many of the players and coaches didnt see it go in. “I was about to vent on something to (assistant coach) Steve Thomas,” said Admirals head coach Jon Cooper. “I heard our fans and then I saw Kostka backing up and it was just disbelief. “Im sick to my stomach for Scrivens. That was a tough break for the kid. But Id rather obviously go in our favour instead of theirs. In saying that…I thought we actually earned it.” Scrivens went out behind the goal to play the puck, lost it along the glass and only picked it up just as it went in the net. “Stuff happens — thats the only explanation,” he said. “It sucks to lose a game like that. But thats a one in a million thing. If you watch the replay, the puck was in almost before it hit that stanchion. “I was just hoping it wouldnt go in, but it looked like it even curled around the post to go in.” The goal wasnt without controversy, however. “Its a real interesting one for the referees, too,” Eakins said. “The puck comes out (of the zone). Then its rimmed in and theres a guy thats offside about eight to 10 feet. The puck hits the stanchion, but now hes onside and the puck goes in your net. “Its a fairly grey area. Its something Ive never seen and Im sure the referees have never seen, either.” Dustin Tokarski stopped 21 shots for his third shutout and 11th win of the post-season. Scrivens made 30 saves in defeat. After the first period, when Toronto outshot Norfolk 11-6, the Admirals took control of the game and outshot the Marlies 25-10 the rest of the way. “That first period, we did lay an egg,” said Norfolk centre Cory Conacher. “We knew what we were in for and we were lucky to get out of that period 0-0.” The Admirals thought theyd opened the scoring late in the second period. Tyler Johnson ripped a slapshot from the top of left circle and it appeared to beat Scrivens just inside the post, but the referee waved the goal off immediately. “It looked in to us,” Cooper said. “I thought it was in, Stumpy (Tampa Bay Lightning player development consultant Steve Thomas) thought it was in. But in saying that, in the one video feed we had, it didnt appear to go in. I was shocked.” Toronto went 0-for-6 on the power play is now 1-for-21 in the series. “Theyre killing penalties as well as we are right now,” Eakins said. “Its tough for both teams to score on the power play right now.” Toronto will try to stave off elimination in Game 4 on Saturday afternoon, while Norfolk has a chance to win its first ever Calder Cup. “Everyone on this team deserves everything were getting,” Conacher said. “Weve worked so hard for this all year…But its not over yet.” Notes: Mike Zigomanis was back in the lineup after missing four games to injury, replacing Jay Rosehill….Nazem Kadri missed his fifth straight game to injury… The game marked the first professional hockey game ever played in Toronto in June….Announced attendance was 8,084. Patrick Willis Black Jersey . — Scott Stallings trudged back to the clubhouse after making par on the 10th hole, his third round suspended because of the darkness that enveloped Annandale Golf Club. Kyle Williams Jersey . It was the 26-year-old Monfils first match since he lost to American player Brian Baker at the Open de Nice in May. The former Metz champion hit 21 aces as he won in a little more than an hour to set up a match against either countryman Nicolas Mahut or Daniel Brands of Germany. . Roy Hodgsons team reached the quarter-finals at the recent European Championship, while winner and world champion Spain remains top of the rankings issued on Wednesday. Kendall Hunter Womens Jersey . Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Smith averaged 2.8 points, 1.6 assists and 1. Aldon Smith Pink Jersey . The 37-year-old Hernandez was 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA and one save — the first of his 17-year career — with the Braves. He gave up seven hits and five runs in 1 2-3 innings against Toronto in his last appearance Sunday.TORONTO — Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos says his teams biggest need for next season is a stronger starting rotation. He says it will definitely be a “major area of our concentration” in the off-season. Anthopoulos held a 30-minute media availability before the clubs regular-season finale against the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre. It has been a diisappointing season for the Blue Jays, who enter the last game of the year with a 72-89 record. Aldon Smith Womens Jersey. Several Toronto pitchers went down with injuries this season and ace Ricky Romero struggled over the second half of the year. The Blue Jays played well over the first few months but had a poor second half and have been out of playoff contention for weeks. ‘ ‘ ‘

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