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There's not much point in changing the title, the reasons to cheer haven't changed.

Last night, the Toronto Marlies defeated the Oklahoma City Barons 3-1 to advance to the Calder Cup finals. Matt Frattin had two goals (including an empty-netter to seal the deal), and Simon Gysbers had the winner. Catch the Game In Six here.

Over at Marlies HQ, Jeffler has some thoughts on the game.

Now, the New Jersey Devils defeating the New York Rangers is more good news for people who enjoy entertaining hockey. The old, trapping Devils we grew to loathe have been gradually transformed into a more entertaining team to watch, even if the old goalie hasn't been changed.

Check out In Lou We Trust's recap of the evening for a detailed account of the game.

2012 Calder Cup: Spencer Abbott, Working with What he Has
Kyle the Reporter has the story on the recent NCAA graduate.

Toronto Marlies dump Oklahoma City to advance to Calder Cup final
This recap is from Ronnie Shuker at the CP, via the Globe.

Dudley believes Maple Leafs are ‘so close’ to being good
If I had just ticked off my former organization, I'd probably try to say some nice things, as well. Story from David Shoalts.

Yes Mr. Dudley, we "average fans" do understand more than you seem to think…
Michael Langlois takes exception to the tone of Dudley's parting remarks.

Take the quiz: How well do you know the LA Kings?
I present you with DGB's latest offering.

NHL teams that spend tend to win
James Mirtle points out the increasing gap in spending in the NHL.