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From the Branches: Leafs play well in honorable defeat, rinse, repeat

It's a story we're going to hear over and over until players with offensive power rise.

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Last night was so busy that it's 3:20 AM and I'm finally finishing up these links. I went from taking a friend to dinner for her birthday to attending the Solar Bears game to a Halloween party, but I vowed that I wouldn't forget my PPP children tonight. Speaking of being a mom, I slipped and used mom voice during my game tweets.

Yeah, I mean, it was Ryan Massa's first ever professional start (and win) and they kicked his water bottle through OTHER PEOPLE'S SPIT.

Aside from that moment of sheer WTF-ery, the game was great. You can read the recap from my friend Don Money over here, I'll have interviews with Rodewald and Massa up later.

Maple Leafs

Recap: Puke City 5, Toronto 3 | PPP
The Leafs deserved better than they got in this one.

Canadiens vs Leafs Top Six Minutes: And still... | HEOTP

Frolunda wins again, Andreas Johnson picks up three points | PPP

Solar Bears defeat Admirals 6-3 | OSBH

Marlies improve to 4-1 with 8-2 win over Rochester | PPP

Senators Top Marlies 5-1 Behind Schneider, Puempel & Driedger | SSS

Toronto Maple Leafs Should Not Rush to Acquire Steve Stamkos | Rant Sports
"It is pretty obvious that if Yzerman does indeed trade Stamkos, he will want lots of prospects and youth. The Maple Leafs are in a state of rebuilding and want to do so properly via the draft and acquiring other teams’ young talent."

The NHL’s Latest Injuries Could Be Dynamite for Toronto Maple Leafs | Rant Sports
"This is a golden time for Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Lou Lamoriello to be proactive and entice these teams to work out a trade."

Blue Jays

Blue Jays’ brilliant season ends by tiniest of margins | Sportsnet

#MLBFrontOffice: What's next for the Blue Jays? | ESPN Insider

Blue Jays could boast prolific offense again in 2016 | USA Today

Troy Tulowitzki has never felt at home as a Blue Jay | National Post

Is there a Taylor Swift curse? Or are Blue Jays fans just creating bad blood? | Zap2It

Other News

Anaheim's early season spiral continues with loss at Wild | Puck Daddy

Blue Jackets end losing skid with third period comeback at Colorado | Puck Daddy

Kessel scores in OT to lift Penguins past Predators | AP

Sabres' Evander Kane injured in 'knee-on-knee' play | ESPN

Special moment from Puck Daddy: "Did You Know? The Blackhawks are the third team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with a shutout and then post a shutout against the same team in their first meeting the following season."