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From the Branches: The last mile

The Maple Leafs play their final game of the season tomorrow.

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Well that was something. We bumped the Flyers out of a playoff spot. With a game in hand over the Red Wings and Bruins, their last two games will be interesting to watch. They play the Penguins tomorrow afternoon, then wrap up the NHL regular season with a game Sunday night against the Islanders. If they lose tomorrow that Sunday game will be a can't miss gong show.

Leafs 4 - Flyers 3 (OT) : Toronto wins game, annoys fans - PPP
Both fanbases walk away upset.

Flyers vs. Leafs recap: Wounded but still alive, somehow - Broad Street Hockey
The outcome certainly could have been worse, but the Flyers were still only able to secure one point against one of the NHL's worst teams, falling 4-3 in overtime to the Leafs.

How Brendan Shanahan hacked the system to make the Leafs winners - PPP
The Leafs knew there was going to be pain this year. So why are Leaf fans so happy?

T.J. Brennan named to AHL First All-Star Team - PPP
Brennan is the only member of the Marlies to make either of the AHL's All-Star Teams this season.

The Leafs don't play tonight, but the Marlies are in action at Ricoh Coliseum vs the Lake Erie Monsters. Our own Elseldo will be there to keep you up to date on the action.

A GIF a Video and a Vine

Everyone was boarding last night.

How does he even?

Because of course he scored in his return.

OK one more GIF because LOL

Other News

Russian players may drop in priority for NHL after doping scandal - G&M
Many Russian players won’t be able to attend the under-18 world hockey championship which is where GMs go to watch the new talent

Yost: An attempt to measure true coaching impact - TSN
I ran two simple correlations: total ice-time together versus offensive performance together and total ice-time together versus defensive performance together. Which team managed their lineups most properly? [Species: Guess who is in the top right quadrant?]

Oh, Canada: Give the Wild your allegiance in the playoffs - Hockey Wilderness
DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK.

Colborne Wins Peter Maher Award For Third Consecutive Year - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Flames centre Joe Colborne has been awarded his third Peter Maher Award for being a "Good Guy".

Quebec senator Jacques Demers in hospital after suffering stroke - G&M
Former NHL coach led Montreal to a Stanley Cup victory in 1993.

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