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From the Branches: Reimer's going to the Final

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Let's accentuate the positive, shall we?

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Welp, many sports things happened yesterday. Marlies lost, Sharks won, Raptors lost, Jays won, Vasek Pospisil lost, Milos Raonic won. (Also, I got up at 5:30 to watch Bouchard and... ended up doing the FTB)

We'll have a Marlies recap for you later, should you wish to revisit that particular horror.

Sharks 5 - Blues 2

I did not have a good time of it when the score turned to 4-1, I can't imagine how Reimer felt on the bench. Fortunately, we didn't have to fully revisit the game that none of us remember

Sharks vs. Blues Game 6: Moving on - Fear The Fin
San Jose will take on Tampa Bay or Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final.

Game 6 Recap: Fin. - St. Louis Game Time
Hello darkness my old friend...The offense didn't show up until it was too late again.

NHL -- 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs -- San Jose Sharks advance to the Stanley Cup finals after years of unfulfilled promise
After all these years of being picked to win it all, it figures the San Jose Sharks finally get to the Stanley Cup finals in the season in which nobody picked them.

Sharks have a few days off, there's no NHL or CHL hockey on tonight... the specter of the offseason looms

Netflix and Phil: Kessel and the Mystery of Clutch - PensBurgh
Kessel has been huge for the Penguins this season. But could you call Kessel as a Penguin a "clutch" player. Well...that all depends...

I'm not sure I buy the argument here but I couldn't resist the title.

AHL

Lake Erie one win away from Calder Cup finals - The Cannon
Monsters use the same script to beat the Ontario Reign yet again, take 3-0 series lead

Must be nice...

Memorial Cup

2016 Memorial Cup Recap: London makes the finals - Pension Plan Puppets
The London Knights swept the round robin and earned a bye to the Memorial Cup finals.

Memorial Cup: Rebels eliminate the Wheat Kings and book a berth in the semi-finals - The Copper & Blue
By beating Brandon by a score of 2-1 in OT, the Red Deer Rebels have knocked out the Wheat Kings from the 2016 Memorial Cup.

Trade!

One of the joys of the offseason: mocking Jim Benning

Florida Panthers trade D Erik Gudbranson to Vancouver for F Jared McCann; multiple picks involved - Litter Box Cats
Prized forward prospect McCann, picks coming to Sunrise

Canucks Trade McCann for Gudbranson - Nucks Misconduct
Gudbranson is good. right ? Also, we do a lot of trades with Florida, eh?

Other News

Hockey’s loonie problem may cost NHL $200-million, Bettman says - The G&M

NHL commissioner still believes the league will set a revenue record this year in spite of the slide of the Canadian dollar

Doin' joga, missin' the Flyers: Michael Del Zotto's off-season adventures - Broad Street Hockey
MDZ is keeping busy this off-season.

(another joy of the offseason, the shirtlessness/60 of players goes way up)

Introducing the Newest Advanced Stat: Colesi - Arctic Ice Hockey
In hockey, players will block shots to stop goals from being scored, but the players who do it the most have to the most. I'm setting out to see which players are better in such situations, regardless of how often they occur.

I'm just going to leave this here, you guys can go nuts.

Arizona Coyotes excited to have AHL franchise close to home - Five For Howling
There are several things the Coyotes will be able to do this year that they weren't able to do before just by having their AHL affiliate closer to home

We started a trend and Coyotes finally have the chance to catch up.