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I promise there will be no more Sparks puns. Well maybe one.

Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports

Sparks sparkled last night leading the Leafs to a 4-1 romp of the Blues. Nazem Kadri scored twice!

Recap: Leafs 4, Blues 1 - Pension Plan Puppets
[Remember to write a joke later about the Blues having the blues.]

Blues "Allow" Leafs to Win in Hockey Night in Canada Match-Up - St. Louis Game Time
The Blues have the blues and it's showing on the ice.

Leafs defencemen and shots against - KatyaKnappe
Charts of Leafs D, arranged by time on ice per game, lowest to highest, with the types of shots they are on the ice defending against.

Last Night's Games

There is renewed controversy surrounding the coaches challenge and video review last night. The Jets scored in OT vs. the Capitals and thought the game was over, but Barry Trotz demanded a review to see if the play had been offside about 30 seconds before the goal. The review took nine minutes. It was then called in favour of the Jets as the review was "inconclusive".


There were a lot of injuries last night, including one in the Leafs game.

Bishop was poked in the face by a stick through his mask. He left the game and did not return.

Kyle Turris' leg moves here in a way that does not look possible.

When you're in the middle of ordering a pizza and you have to do a goal review.

"Sorry. We only have one phone here so we couldn't order the pizza."

"Where's the puck? Is it in my pads? Nope. Is it in the net? Yep."

Recaps

Winnipeg Jets vs Washington Capitals - Arctic Ice Hockey
Oh, the drama!

A Fleury of Goals - Jewels From The Crown
Early in the season the Kings' defenders struggled to contribute offensively. That seemed a distant memory in the second period.

Sens Win 3-2 in OT over the Isles - Silver Seven
The Sens pulled out a 3-2 OT win over the Islanders but lost Kyle Turris to injury

Red Wings beat Predators in Overtime 5-4 - Winging It In Motown
The Red Wings came into tonight with a 9-game point streak, looking for the second-best streak in the NHL so far this season.

The Habs can't find a win in Raleigh - Eyes On The Prize
The Habs can't find a win in Raleigh.

Blue Jackets at Flyers - The Cannon
Justin Falk and Kerby Rychel were sent back to Lake Erie. Scott Hartnell and Fedor Tyutin drew in, returning from Torts’ doghouse.

Wild trample the Avalanche 3-0, lose Dubnyk - Hockey Wilderness
The Wild versus the Avalanche is supposed to be a rivalry. At least they play in the same division.

Other News

Report: NWHL, CWHL teams to play televised game at the Winter Classic - SBNation.com
What has been a huge year for professional women's hockey may have just gotten their best news of the season.