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It's the Boxing Day holiday for many Canadians. Sit back, relax, and watch our juniors destroy the Danes.

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"He's outside waiting for me right now! Why won't anyone believe me?"
"He's outside waiting for me right now! Why won't anyone believe me?"
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Last night The Leafs won the first game of their home-and-home series with The Islanders. The action comes back to the ACC tomorrow.

Leafs 3, Isles 1, Bernier wins again! - Pension Plan Puppets
The Leafs down the Isles in Brooklyn on a pair of second period goals.

Leafs 3, Islanders 1: Michael Grabner returns, scores winner - Lighthouse Hockey
The New York Islanders brought a good Christmas hangover into an unimpressive 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The big club weren't the only ones playing yesterday. PPP International Cat Crack Manufacturing and Pug Cloning Research GmbH COO Scott Wheeler; and Florida Bureau Chief Achariya; have all the action from the Baby Leafs.

Orlando loses to Everblades, 4-3 - Pension Plan Puppets
Halfway through the schedule, tonight's loss shows signs of positive development, but spawns questions about affiliation.

IceCaps 5 @ Marlies 4 Recap: Leipsic continues to impress in loss - Pension Plan Puppets
Brendan Leipsic continues string of dominant recent performances with three-point night as Marlies four-game win streak comes to an end.

World Juniors

The PPP World Juniors Game Chat is here! Join us for today's games, including Canada vs. Denmark at 1:00PM EST.

WJHC Ice Chips: Gearing up for Denmark - Article - TSN
Team Canada and Team Denmark both stayed off the ice this morning. Mackenzie Blackwood, who will serve the final game of his suspension tonight, was the only player skating.

Canada’s Brendan Perlini shifts to Strome-Marner line against Denmark - The Globe and Mail
After experimenting with several wingers in Saturday’s loss to the United States, coach looks for Mississauga IceDogs winger to help top line click against Canada’s next opponent

Last Night's Games

The Florida Panthers won their sixth in a row last night, propelling them to first place in The Atlantic Division, and second only to the red hot Capitals in the Eastern Conference. It's a nice reward for the die hard fans, 17,000 of which made it out last night, including this family:

I am in full agreement with this tweet.

You have to love a nice breakaway goal.

OWWWWWW!

Battle Of Alberta Now In Favor Of The Flames - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Flames take the lead in the Battle Of Alberta with a 5-3 win tonight at the Saddledome.

Holiday hangovers aren't fun - Broad Street Hockey
In their first game back in action as the Christmas break, the Flyers were dominated by a struggling Anaheim Ducks team and fell by a score of 4-2.

Coyotes combine altitude and attitude in 2-1 victory over Avalanche - Five For Howling
After a thrilling finish against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, the Arizona Coyotes went to OT again. This time, they came out on top.

Connor Hellebuyck stops helle-pucks. Jets defeat Penguins 1-0 - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Winnipeg Jets returned to action post-holidays with a matchup vs the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Jets delivered their fans a win in relatively tidy fashion.

Hurricanes 2, Blackhawks 1 - Canes Country
Eddie Lack makes 35 saves and Justin Faulk with another huge game as Canes beat Chicago

Stars Strike Back, Shutout Blues 3-0 in Back-to-Back - Defending Big D
The Stars needed to make a statement after getting dominated twice in St. Louis. On the strength of their power play they did.

Craig Anderson Steals Yet Another Win for the Senators - Silver Seven
The Sens prevailed 3-1 over the Bruins.

Stars Get Revenge Against the St Louis Blues in Dallas for the 3-0 Shutout Victory - Defending Big D
The Dallas Stars managed to get revenge against the St. Louis Blues with a 3-0 shutout victory thanks to some stellar play from their captain Jamie Benn, and some quiet play from their rebounding goaltender, Kari Lehtonen.

Bruins Dominate Senators, Yet Drop Third Straight - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The look on Claude Julien's face really said it all. Contorted with irritation, Julien knew that his team outplayed their counterparts, yet came away with zero points.

Evander Kane

Most of you are no doubt already aware of the situation involving Evander Kane. If you have not yet heard the news you can find coverage at Die By The Blade linked below.

Report: Evander Kane under investigation for sex offense - Die By The Blade
The Sabres winger is the subject of police investigation, per reports from the Buffalo News.

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Other News

Shannon Szabados registers 1st shutout in men's pro hockey - Hockey - CBC
Edmonton-native Shannon Szabados led the Columbus Cottonmouths to a 3-0 win Saturday night, registering the first shutout for a female goalie in a men's professional hockey game.

Oh Lumbus. Here's a 4 minute interview of John Tortorella in which he absolutely torches his team.

Carey Price Named Canadian Press Athlete Of The Year - Eyes On The Prize
Carey Price was the landslide winner of the Lionel Conacher Award

WATCH: The coolest parrot ever, cheering for the Flyers - Broad Street Hockey
It is unclear to me how this parrot could possibly be considered 'cool', but it is a good Flyers fan.

The coaching conundrum - Eyes On The Prize
Is the method that the Canadiens use to select their coaches fundamentally flawed?

Calgary is red hot at home, but where do they stand historically? - Matchsticks and Gasoline
How many more wins at home do they need to set an NHL record?

Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar are trolling each other on Instagram - Winging It In Motown
Red Wings veteran winger Johan Franzen made yet another funny on Instagram. This time, his trolling was directed towards another one of his wingmates.

Blake Bolden, Jessica Koizumi bask in a pro league of their own | The Color Of Hockey
It's in a picture frame hanging on a wall in Blake Bolden's Boston apartment, the historic and happy reminder that she is indeed a professional hockey player. Bolden looks at her first paycheck for playing for the Boston Pride of the first-season National Women's Hockey League from time to time and still can't believe it.

Women surge on playing field in 2015, but fall behind in league boardrooms - The Globe and Mail
Serena Williams, the U.S. women’s soccer team and Ronda Rousey dominate headlines, but by year’s end, there are no women leading a major professional sport

Peyton Manning refutes report linking anti-aging treatment with illegal drugs - The Globe and Mail
Denver Broncos quarterback calls allegations that a clinic sent his wife shipments of human growth hormone ‘complete garbage’

John Beeden becomes first to row solo across Pacific Ocean - The Globe and Mail
Rower from Burlington, Ont., spends 209 days alone at sea to become first person to cross Pacific Ocean on his own

Winter Classic Live Web Cam - NHL VideoCenter
Construction of the arena for this year's Winter Classic is now complete. I suspect the ice will be laid today. At 7:00AM there are already staff working on site.