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Tampa Bay advance to the ECF, plus other news.

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Good morning. Here are some links.

Leafs links

Marlies drop Game 3 in overtime, trail Albany 2-1 in second-round series | Kyle Cicerella

The Marlies lost game three in Albany and now trail 2-1 in the series. They gave up the game tying goal with just 21 seconds left on a truly dreadful sequence and really did not look very good for long stretches.

LTIR Isn't Free Cap Space And The Leafs Need To Be Cautious In Using It | The LeafsNation

Dr. Ag has some good analysis about using the LTIR. You should read it.

Mitch Marner, JJ Piccinich not slowing down | Pension Plan Puppets

JP has been doing some great work covering the London Knight's playoff run. Read his latest about Marner and Piccinich if you haven't already.


Lightning (4), Islanders (0)--Lightning win series 4-1

Recaps: Raw ChargeLighthouse Hockey

Statistically Speaking: Hedman handles Tavares | TSN

Some good stats stuff from Scott Cullen about the series.


2016 NHL Entry Draft Profiles: Meet Me In St. Louis | St. Louis Game Time

SLGT looks at some of the St. Louis natives in this year's draft class.

A Very Early 2016 New Jersey Devils Draft Preview | All About The Jersey

New Jersey draft plan: trust in Lo--wait.

Other hockey news

Losing Out on Boudreau Just Another Shortcoming in Ho-Hum Era | Silver Seven

Guy Boucher Named Senators Head Coach | Silver Seven

A two-fer for you from Silver Seven, first about missing out on Bourdeau and then hiring Boucher instead.

What do we know about John Chayka? | Pension Plan Puppets

Arvind had some good stuff about the new Coyotes GM, John Chayka.

Kaliya Johnson goes from being a BC Eagle to a NWHL Connecticut Whale | The Colour of Hockey

Read a bit about the Connecticut Whale's newest free agent signing, Kaliya Johnson. Good stuff as always from The Colour of Hockey.

The California-born, Arizona-raised Johnson was one of the more compelling hockey stories of the 2014-15 hockey season. Prior to the season she learned that she suffered from a Chiari malformation,  a rare structural condition of the brain and spinal cord that contributes to a smaller than normal space for the brain, pressing it downward.

"Basically, my brain was sitting below the base of my skull. It was something I was born with," Johnson told me in February 2015. "I had symptoms all my life  – little things like pressure headaches, getting migraines. I thought it was normal for me."