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The Finns shut out Canada, and the Sharks shut out the Blues.

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Happy Wednesday! Here is your hockey news for the day.

Women's Hockey Roundup: Scrivens, #BestKessel, Blades Prospect Camp - PPP
Jenny Scrivens retires, #BestKessel for sale, Boston Blades prospect camp approaches and Manon Rhéaume reflects...

Marlies @ Bears game 1 is Friday. The details of the broadcasts and radio calls are still TBD. The Marlies will be back here in Toronto for games 3, 4, and 5, starting next Wednesday. Have you bought your tickets yet? Remember to use our discount code!

Eastern Conference Final Preview: Toronto Marlies at Hershey Bears - PPP
Former Hershey Bear Connor Carrick confronts former Leaf Zach Sill in a battle of two tired teams.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Sharks 4 - Blues 0

Anatomy of a Loss: Grading the Stars Defensemen - Defending Big D
A stats focused analysis of why the Stars lost to the Blues.

What went wrong for the playoff losers (and can they fix it)? - DGB
"12 playoff teams are now sitting at home, wondering where it all went Let's look at each of them and try to pinpoint the key flaw that sent them packing. And, more importantly, let’s ask the question: Can they fix it?"

World Hockey

Team Canada gets a lesson in humility, except for Corey Perry.

Leo Komarov is the winner in a shutout of Team Canada by Finland - PPP
Finland shut out Canada 4-0 to take the first overall spot in the IIHF World Championships, while Russia and Nikita Zaitsev easily beat Sweden 4-1.

How South Korea added nine hockey ringers for the 2018 Olympics - Mirtle
The IIHF didn’t want to guarantee anything, even though every Winter Olympics host nation in history has at least had a men’s hockey team in the tournament

Other News

The Intersection of the Genius of Hunter and the Magic of Marner - MLHS
Long-time MLHS member, Knights2Leafs, reflects on the stunning playoff run by the 2016 OHL champion London Knights (sorry Elseldo).

Flint Firebirds hire George Burnett as GM - Buzzing the Net
Could the drama finally be over for this team?

Season Review: Ondrej Pavelec - Arctic Ice Hockey
A eulogy for a goaltender.

Claude Giroux does skip leg day - Broad Street Hockey
His crutches are almost as thick as his legs!

Tucson approves AHL lease of Convention Center - Five For Howling
Arizona now has more pro-hockey franchises than Quebec!

Canucks Sign Yan-Pavel Laplante to Three-Year ELC - Nucks Misconduct
The 21-year-old UFA was not signed by the Arizona Coyotes,who drafted him in the third round in 2013.

Looking at a hopeful Maple Leaf future while checking in on some ex-Leafs in the playoffs - Vintage Leaf Memories
When you watch the NHL playoffs, you realize just how big a gap there is between a roster like the Leafs have—even with all their "potential" and the youngsters in the pipeline—and clubs that know what it takes to compete at the highest levels in the month of May.