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From the Branches: Two in a row?

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Good morning. Can Reimer and the Leafs string together two wins? Who knows. Stay tuned. They play the Predators tonight at 8:00.

Leafs things

Nazem Kadri had some...words about James Reimer and his goaltending.

That's a great sentiment and all, but I've loved this team since I was six and, well The Leafs have given me lots of things in return for my love (mainly frustration, heartbreak, and a deep, crushing, omnipresent sense of despair) but I don't think any of those things count as loving me back.

Kadri seems to have a lot to say about the Leafs goaltenders. Is something going on? Can we get an update from Basement Correspondent Species 1967 on this situation?

[Species: Don't forget goalies are getting bigger too]

Nylander wants to play for Leafs this season | TSN

My body is ready.

Games from last night:

I never stay up late enough or get up early enough to get these in before this gets published. Maybe someone else will edit them in. Watch this space for links and recaps.

[Here they are!]

There were two games last night.

Edmonton beat Anaheim in OT, but not before Perry earned his 299th career goal in a very LOLOILERS way.

And then Perry earned his 300th career goal in a very LOLOILERS way.

The Department of Player Safety will probably take a look at this too.

GAMER: Ducks Drop Second Straight In OT, Lose 4-3 To Oilers - Anaheim Calling
Corey Perry's 300th goal with Anaheim, Rickard Rakell's return not enough against Edmonton as the Oilers rally for two third period deficits to force and win in three-on-three overtime.

Over on NBCSN it was "Wednesday Rivalry Night" meaning it was a game featuring two teams with general antipathy towards each other. In last night's nont-hot rivalry action the Penguins defeated the Habs on a shootout goal from Crosby.

That was Condon in net, and he definitely got off to a bad start, letting a goal 13 seconds in the first period.


Penguins vs. Canadiens recap; Pens win 4-3 in the shootout - PensBurgh
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens play until the shootout. A nice night for Sidney Crosby with 2 assists and a shootout winner.

From around the league:

For Now, Hockey is Fun Again in New Jersey | All About The Jersey
Hockey may be fun in New Jersey [citation needed] but youth soccer certainly isn't thanks to Devils owner Josh Harris. He landed his helicopter in the middle of a soccer field, leading to the cancellation of a U13 soccer game. Poor kids.

What's going on with Andre Burakovsky? | Japers' Rink

Riveters News: Sydney Kidd is Brooklyn-Bound | Blueshirt Banter

Zeitgeist: To increase scoring, NHL to test out straight jackets for goalies | Lighthouse Hockey

Clique Bait: Bob McKenzie And The (Too) Slow Demise Of The Hockey Media Gatekeeper | Stanley Cup of Chowder

Ian Laperriere, Philadelphia Flyers coach, leading charge against pancreatic cancer |

Non-goalie solutions to the NHL's lack of scoring | Arctic Ice Hockey