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While their vacation continues, some hot and steamy Leafs action was captured in The Blueprint.

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Last night episode 2 of The Leafs Blueprint aired! We have a recap and a link to the video of the whole episode here.

The Leaf Blueprint Episode 2: Building the, uh, foundation - Pension Plan Puppets
Metaphors fly fast and furious as this next bit of Leafs franchise building lays out its story arc.

Or you can skip to the most important part of the blueprint: keeping Morgan Rielly shirtless.

We also have some great community content from Dr_Furious about future Leafs first line centre Steven Stamkos

Can the Leafs afford Steven Stamkos? - Pension Plan Puppets
An in-depth projection of the Leafs cap if they acquire a certain 91.

Eisido's Maple Leafs moments series will continue today at 9:00AM with a look at a unique 1980's draft in which the Leafs passed on some great players, instead picking all their eggs form one OHL team's basket.

Don't forget to read our updates on Leafs prospects too.

Desrocher, Leafs camp invitee Peressini, counted on heavily with Frontenacs - Pension Plan Puppets
Without the pressure that comes with being a top prospect, Leafs sixth round pick Stephen Desrocher and training camp invitee Lucas Peressini are trying to forge a successful path to professional hockey in Toronto.

Last Night's GIFs

There were 7 games last night and all of them ended in regulation. I can't remember the last time that happened on a night with so many games. There were several other records and firsts last night.

The Panthers blew up the Caps with Jagr collecting his 731st career goal, tying Marcel Dionne.

The Blackhawks were downed by the Predators 5-1, but that one goal was scored by Patrick Kane, extending his points streak to 24 games in which he has picked up 38 points.

Rasmus Ristolainen had his first ever hat trick for Buffalo. They still lost to the Flames 4-3, but there was at least one Sabres fan in Calgary!

Here are some of last night's best GIFs!

Casting a curse on Torts?

Statler: Wake up you old fool. You slept through the whole game.
Waldorf: Who's a fool? You watched it.

Jagr ties Marcel Dionne with 731 career goals. Next up is Brett Hull with 741.

Lots of big hits last night.

Some roller derby action.

Some goon action because "there's no enforcers to hold him accountable."

Also an unfortunate mishap.

Overall it was a fun night. For most.

Game Recaps

It's Always Fun to Break a Bad Habit: Red Wings 3 - Canadiens 2 - Winging It In Motown
The Red Wings came into Thursday night's game having lost 7 straight games against the Montreal Canadiens. That streak is now over!

Lightning celebrate homecoming with 4-1 win over Ottawa - Raw Charge
The Lightning built a big lead, getting two goals from Nikita Kucherov, as well as outstanding goalkeeping from Ben Bishop, to beat the visiting Ottawa Senators 4-1 Thursday night.

ReCat: The Jagr'd Edge - Litter Box Cats
Jaromir Jagr finally scored his 731st career goal to tie him in fourth all-time with Marcel Dionne.

Flyers at Blues recap: Flyers score goals in St. Louis, get Central trip off to good start - Broad Street Hockey
In a building where they've had trouble scoring lately, the Flyers rode a strong second period and held on in the third to beat the Blues in the first half of their tough Western road swing.

Predators 5, Blackhawks 1: James Neal Scores Two In Dominant Win - On the Forecheck
The Predators got back to their scoring ways as they defeated the Blackhawks in Nashville tonight.

Flames Burn Sabres In 8th Straight Win At Home - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Flames found themselves down a man even before the game began. Jiri Hudler was a late scratch with flu like symptoms. This setback couldn't come at a worse time for the Flames forward who's been playing much better as of late.

Jets vs Blue Jackets - Arctic Ice Hockey
A few days off and the Jets come out flying, with a 6-4 win over the Tortorellas.

Other News

Want to know about the CWHL All-Star Game? Ben Smith has all the information you need.

Furies Recap: Game Recaps and All-Star Game Details - Pension Plan Puppets
The Toronto Furies took-on Calgary last weekend, and the CWHL All-Star Game will have a new look and feel to it.

NWHL announces first suspension, changes bench door rules - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Molly Engstrom punched Meghan Duggan in the head and dropped her pretty bad. She was ejected and suspended for the next game.

Interview With New York Riveters Captain Ashley "Stretch" Johnston - Blueshirt Banter
Captain, defenceman, and mechanical engineer, Ashley Johnston may have been an unheralded addition to the Riveters' roster before the start of the season but she is fast becoming one of the most respected blueliners in women's hockey.

Matt Read's neutral zone dominance cannot be ignored - Broad Street Hockey
After a poor 2014-15 season, the pressure was on Matt Read to produce a rebound season. While his scoring is still down, Read's play in the neutral zone is making up for that.

What's Going On With Denis Guryanov? - Defending Big D
The 2015 1st round draft choice is billed as a dangerous offensive player, but hasn't produced a lot of points so far this year. What gives?