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From the Branches: Marlies win and tie series; Capitals lose in OT

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What a busy night for hockey! We've got lots of news today, so let's go!

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Marlies!

The Marlies came roaring back and absolutely demolished the Devils 7-2 last night. And that wasn't all that was demolished!

Everyone got in on the action with goals by Arcobello, Kapanen, Brennan, Leipsic, Soshnikov (x2), and Brown. Nylander, Connor Carrick and Sam Carrick each picked up 2 assists.

Unfortunately there was also some very bad news form the game: Andreas Johnson took a vicious elbow to the head. He was down several minutes, carried of the ice and taken to the hospital. Katya has a full report here.

There will likely be an update on his condition today, but as of last night Sheldon Keefe said Johnson did not remember being hit, or anything that happened after that.

The goon from the Devils was handed a match penalty. Keefe believes he could be suspended well into next season based on AHL precedent, known to be harsh on these hits.

Some good news is that the Marlies' win guarantees there will at least be a game 6 back at Ricoh Coliseum this Saturday at 3:00PM. Make sure to use our 30% discount code when you buy tickets "PPPMARLIES16".

Stanley Cup Playoffs

What. A. Game!

This guy you've never heard of was the big star of the night.

Down 3-0 the Capitals staged a third period come back and tied up the game. The final Capitals goal was on a 5 on 3 power play stemming from a truly bizarre two minutes where the Penguins somehow took 3 consecutive delay of game penalties, practically gifting the Capitals the tying goal.

In OT the Penguins almost put it away first, but Jay Beagle somehow did this!

I don't even!

But then Nick Bonino put it away for real (off a setup by PHIL!), and Ovi could do nothing but sit dumbfounded on the bench that this was all happening again.

So that's it. The Capitals are unceremoniously dumped out in only the second round.

Gird your loins. The taeks will be coming soon, and they will be hot!

Other News

Does Stamkos Fit in the Shanaplan? A Long Term Analysis of the Leafs’ Salary Cap? - O6Analytics
"Looking at this analysis, my own conclusion is that Toronto should definitely attempt to sign Steven Stamkos – however, like in any negotiation, they should do so own their own terms, and only in a manner that fits within their broader salary cap strategy."

End of season report card for Morgan Rielly - Shanaplan Debate
We continue our end of season report cards by focusing on the Toronto Maple Leafs core. This time we are breaking down Morgan Rielly's season.

The Ice Dogs make a final stand tonight at the Meridian Centre. Eisido will be there (I think?) and will keep us up to date on all that is happening.

Germany stuns Slovakia for first win of world hockey championship - The Globe and Mail
The 5-1 win keeps alive their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in five years. [Species: Korbinian "battlin' slagheap" Holzer moves on!]

Refreshing Feel to Senators' New Front Office - Silver Seven
Pierre Dorion is the new sheriff in town, and his first decision to bring in Guy Boucher - who brought Marc Crawford with him - is feeling more and more like a solid move.