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While the Leafs are taking time off, the PPP staff is not!

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The Leafs kick off a six day break with a shootout win over the devils.

Recap: Leafs 3, Devils 2 (SO) - Pension Plan Puppets
Garret Sparks remains unbeaten at the ACC as the Leafs win their second in a row.

Familiar Flaws in Devils Shootout Loss to Maple Leafs - All About The Jersey
The Devils got rolled on early, rolled on power plays, but managed to force post-regulation play against the Leafs.

Parenteau credits Babcock for bounce-back season - Article - TSN
"I worked to get there," Parenteau says of gaining Babcock’s trust. "The first 10 games I was fighting for ice-time. I worked hard, I stuck with it and Babs is rewarding me with my hard work right now.

While the Leafs will have some time off, our PPP writers will be busy! Starting today we will begin a series on memorable moments in Leafs history with the first installment at 10:00AM.

Game Recaps

Isles nab two points they hardly deserve - Lighthouse Hockey
The Islanders only looked like themselves for the first 20 minutes, but they somehow took two points because the gods already predetermined the 2015-16 Philadelphia Flyers' destiny.

Top Cop Down - The Cannon
The Blue Jackets blow a 2-0 lead at home and OH NO BOBROVSKY IS HURT

Sorry Mike! Caps Clip Wings 3-2 in Shootout - Japers' Rink
It took a shootout to settle Mike Green's homecoming to Washington as the Capitals clipped the Detroit Red Wings 3-2.

Senators Overcome Coaching Decisions to Beat Panthers - Silver Seven
In a game marred by inexplicable coaching choices, the Sens still prevailed.

Coyotes Vs. Blues Recap: All Aboard The Umlaut Train - St. Louis Game Time
Choo-Choo!

Patrick Kane extends point streak in 4-1 win - Second City Hockey
A good night for the Hawks in everything but shot attempts.

Four Goalies, Eleven Goals - Defending Big D
Both teams' second-stringer got the decision tonight, which isn't that surprising in an eleven-goal contest.

Flames spoil Couture's return - Fear The Fin
With Couture back, but Vlasic still missing, the Sharks lost their fourth straight game as they fell 4-2 to the Calgary Flames.

Other News

NHL scraps draft pick compensation policy - TSN
"What we were trying to do was provide an orderly way for young management people or coaches to be allowed to progress and move up the ladder," Calgary Flames president Brian Burke said. "It was never envisioned it would apply to terminated employees. The league applied it in that manner."

Pascal Dupuis' hockey playing career over due to blood clot condition - PensBurgh
Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis is at the end of his hockey playing days due to a third recurrence of a blood clot condition.

Florida Panthers get $86 million public aid package - Sun Sentinel
A majority of commissioners said they were swayed by an analysis that showed the team was bleeding millions, and that if it were to declare bankruptcy or leave, the county could be on the hook for even more than $86 million.

Family of Steve Montador sues NHL - TSN
The statement of claim includes in part: "During regular season NHL games, preseason NHL games, NHL practices and morning skates prior to NHL games, Steven Montador sustained thousands of sub-concussive brain traumas and multiple concussions, many of which were undiagnosed and/or undocumented. The league induced him into continuing to play, and fight, in NHL games and practices."

NHL Names Steve Mayer EVP, Programming and Creative Development
Mayer has produced several network variety specials, including "NHL Awards," "NBA All-Star All-Style," "Hall of Game Awards," "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular," "Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials" and "Christmas at Rockefeller Center." He has also produced numerous live sporting events and coverage of five Olympics games.

NHL remains in contact with Seattle parties - TSN
Some believe the NHL’s expansion process has slowed considerably in the last six months to wait and see if an arena does indeed materialize in the Pacific Northwest.