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From the Front Page

World Championships quarterfinal recap - Pension Plan Puppets
All of the quarterfinals are done, and Auston Matthews was the name on everyone's lips as the USA staged the only upset of the day.

Andreas Johnson isolated in Toronto hotel room after the head hit - Pension Plan Puppets
Not yet well enough to travel, Johnson's season is almost certainly over, but he's stuck waiting to go home.

The Leafs Should Follow the Chicago Model (Not THAT One) - Pension Plan Puppets
One team in professional sports can sympathize with the Leafs' recent struggles. Now, built on a similar plan to the one in Toronto, they're thriving.

Around the Blogosphere

How to sleazily acquire Sami Vatanen | The LeafsNation

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #33 Taylor Raddysh | CanucksArmy

Sportsnet's Final Top 30 2016 NHL Draft Rankings - Sportsnet.ca
While there is little debate surrounding the order of the top three prospects, there is movement after that. Damien Cox breaks it all down in his final 2016 NHL Draft rankings of the season.

La fin d'une mauvaise décision - TVA Sports
Quatre formations de la LNH ont appris une grosse nouvelle au cours des dernières heures. Ils vont pouvoir faire des offres hostiles (offer sheets) à des joueu

NHL Playoffs

Game 4 Recap: Comeback falls short, Lightning even series - PensBurgh
The Pittsburgh Penguins suffer a comedy of painful errors in the 2nd period with injuries, needless penalties and defensive breakdowns to let Game 4 slip away. Tampa evens the series at 2 games a piece.

2016 Eastern Conference Final Game 4: Lightning build big lead, survive rally to even series - Raw Charge
The Tampa Bay Lightning built a four-goal lead through two periods only to see the Pittsburgh Penguins score three in the third. But Tampa Bay hung on to win a harrowing Game 4 in the Eastern Conference Final

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie "controversy": Matt Murray vs. Marc-Andre Fleury - PensBurgh
Pandora's box is now open for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Should they play Matt Murray or Marc-Andre Fleury for Game 5 in the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night?

AHL Playoffs

Marlies lose Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals to Hershey | The LeafsNation

Mitch Marner is good at hockey

CHL fails miserably in attempt to make tournament tough enough to stop Mitch Marner | The LeafsNation
Marner with 5 points in the Memorial Cup opener.