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[LL] It's Game Day, And the Playoff Race is On

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As Chemmy pointed out yesterday, the Leafs can't drag their feet on any of these upcoming games, especially not tonight against the Flyers - they call it Death March for a reason (although to be honest, "they" don't call it that - we do). Dion took the ice in this morning's optional skate, and is expected to play tonight, despite dealing with what Carlyle claimed were "bumps and bruises." He'll play an important role in shutting down Giroux and Schenn - haha, no, the good one. Bernier is expected to get the start, since he wasn't on-ice for the optional, and Clarkson - surprise! - may be nursing some sort of leg injury. Both of those could be key to a win tonight.

Some links:

Vintage Leafs: Hoist it
New pictures up at Vintage Leafs - including this one, of George Armstrong, Cup-in-hand.

Jersey Fouls: Marty St. Louis backlash; most Canadian jersey ever | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Jersey Fouls rule.

Shannon Szabados, women's hockey star, signs with U.S. men's pro team | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Canadian gold medal winning goaltender signs with the Southern Professional Hockey League's Columbus Cottonmouths.

They Are Going to Re-Sign Mark Fraser Aren't They? - The Copper & Blue
Laugh at the Oilers' expense, then remember that the Leafs went to arbitration with him.

Answer This! Feelings for Martin St. Louis - Raw Charge
TBL fans talk about the departure of a franchise icon.

Klesla hasn't reported to Rochester
Neither would I.

The Final Chapter of the Kovalchuk Saga
In case you missed it, the NHL decided they're giving the Devils back their first round pick, because NHL's punishments are arbitrary. Shame on every GM that didn't try to structure a contract with 30M in cap savings.

Canada Sledge Hockey
Dave Arrigo did a great job painting the goalie helmets for much of team Canada, despite the IOC's best efforts to arbitrarily curtail creativity. Here are some of the sledge hockey masks.