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From the Branches: Welcome Perth Thunder

PPP throws its support behind the AIHL's Perth Thunder

Thunder from ... Australia!

It's official: PPP Loves the AIHL's Perth Thunder! | PPP
Go find out how to follow the team over here!

Dorr goes Down Under for summer of ice hockey |Fife Today
"Dorr, from Minnesota, only left Kirkcaldy last week at the end of the 2015-16 EIHL campaign which saw Flyers reach the semi-finals of the play-offs for the second time in three seasons."

Thunder in Toronto? | Thunder site
They reported on us!

Leafs News

2016 NHL Draft Profile: Clayton Keller deserves to be in fourth overall conversation | PPP
In recent drafts, some pretty good American-bred prospects have turned into steals in the first round. This year, Clayton Keller might join Brock Boeser, Dylan Larkin and Kyle Connor in that conversation.

Toronto Maple Leafs: A Review Of The Defensive Group | Editor in Leaf
The Toronto Maple Leafs had five defenders suit up in a significant amount of games (39+) by the time the year ended. Let’s take a quick look at how the group performed.

Prospects trying to find balance between Maple Leafs and Marlies | Eh Game
"Nineteen players, available to the Marlies for the Calder Cup playoffs this spring, spent sometime with the Leafs this season providing an excellent learning opportunity. William Nylander, Zach Hyman and Connor Brown along with goaltender Garret Sparks are amongst those now with the Marlies who got a taste of the NHL game this season."

Maple Leafs Have Important Summer Ahead | THW
" The Blue and White go into this summer with some large decisions looming. The first, and arguably the biggest, was what to do with Nazem Kadri and Morgan Rielly, two players that are seen by many as the future of this team. In a surprising move, both players were signed to six-year deals at very reasonable cap hits. You can check out a breakdown of those deals in this piece here."

Toronto Maple Leafs: How Taxes Will Impact Steven Stamkos’ Decision | Tip of the Tower
"As Steven Stamkos begins the process of making the most important decision of his NHL career, we look at how taxes could affect the Toronto Maple Leafs chances."

5 Goalies the Maple Leafs could target this Summer | Good Grief Leafs
MAF? Howard? Andersen?

Playoffs

Red Wings vs. Tampa

Y'All Going To Make Me Lose My Mind: Lightning 5 - Red Wings 2 | WIIM
"Tampa once again scored first, they responded every time the Wings tied the game, and they were the better team over 60 minutes. By the end of the game, the Wings had lost their composure and their minds, and it wasn't a good look for a team that has now lost 4 consecutive playoff games dating back to last season."

NY Islanders vs. Florida

Determined Panthers even the series with 3-1 victory over Islanders | LBC
"On Friday night in Sunrise, the Florida Panthers handed the New York Islanders a 3-1 loss to even the opening round best-of-seven series at one game apiece. The Panthers will head to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY for games three and four. The victory also guaranteed a return to Sunrise for game five on Friday."

Chicago vs. St. Louis

Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game 2 Results: Blackhawks prevail 3-2, tie series at 1-1 | SCH
"On the strength of a comeback sparked by Duncan Keith in his return as well as a successful coach's challenge, Chicago got a big win in St. Louis to steal home ice."

Nashville vs. Anaheim

Nashville Predators 3, Anaheim Ducks 2: Preds Ride Solid Defense, Clutch Shooting In Game 1 Win | OTF
"The Preds took Game 1 with a solid defensive performance and some timely goals. The playoffs are here and I already forgot how to breathe."