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WATCH: Mitch Marner dazzles to tie the game for the Knights

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With some beautiful moves, not to mention a lot of stubborn persistence, Mitch Marner scores his first of two against the Niagara IceDogs tonight.

Between this gem, which was named the "Play of the Knight" and the eventual game winning goal, Marner earned first star honours in the 3-1 Knights win.

Currently Marner sits second in the OHL scoring race with 44 goals and 82 assists.

Make sure to watch the slow-mo replay to get the full effect: this is definitely one to watch a few times.

Marlies guaranteed to finish above .500

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Last night the Toronto Marlies defeated the Manitoba Moose 6-2. According to the AHL, this win puts the Marlies well above a .500 winning percentage, and they have no chance of falling below that mark.

TheToronto Marlies currently have an .802 win percentage, with a record of 37-8-3. And remember, the AHL uses the proper win/loss record to decide playoff contenders, so no fancy math to make every team hit the .500 mark, like the NHL does

This was the first of a four game road trip, that sees them play Manitoba again on Saturday, then to St. John's next weekend for 2 games vs. the IceCaps

WATCH: Josh Leivo scores for the North Division in the AHL All-Star Game

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Josh Leivo, William Nylander, TJ Brennan, and Sheldon Keefe are in Syracuse, NY, for the 2016 AHL All-Star Game and it was the former who found the scoresheet for the game-winning goal.

Watch Leivo walk in and fire a vintage snapshot to give the North Division the win in their first game of the night.

The goal was his '14th' of the AHL season. Through 36 games with the first-place Marlies, Leivo has 34 points.

Leivo also participated in the Skills Competition yesterday.

Nylander says appendicitis, not a concussion, kept him out

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William Nylander, speaking with Todd Crocker today, said it was actually appendicitis that kept him out longer than he'd anticipated.

Nylander, who was knocked out of the World Juniors after suffering an apparent concussion, said he was cleared through the AHL's protocols fairly quickly.

After a prolonged absence, Nylander -- who was the AHL's leading scorer before the injury -- returns to the Marlies lineup tonight riding 34 points in 27 games on the season. Good news for Leafs fans.

Watch the interview above. Also: What happened to Nylander's hair?

Marlies injury update: Kasperi Kapanen out

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The Marlies took on the Grand Rapids Griffins today without the help of Kasperi Kapanen, who is out with an unknown injury. Kapanen didn't make the trip with the team Michigan. Toronto has another game in Grand Rapids on Friday before travelling home to play Binghamton on Saturday.

Justin Holl and Sam Carrick remain out with injuries. [Edit: Update, Holl is in the lineup, a last-moment decision from the Marlies.] The good news for the Marlies is that William Nylander is expected to make his return sometime this weekend.

Lupul throws shade at the Habs

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Joffrey Lupul verbally smacked the Habs before tonight's game. It's nice to get quotes like that show the players are into the games.

Hopefully he speaks with his stick too and scores the game winner.

This isn't the first time he's tossed bricks at the opponent. In Buffalo he tweeted a picture of his hotel room view and asked "Are there any windowless rooms in Buffalo?"

Wickenheiser stirs up controversy at CWHL All-Star Weekend

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After being selected to join Julie Chu's All-Star team for today's game, Haley Wickenheiser took to the podium and declared "We've got 2 leagues in women's hockey and we only need one." The audience of CWHL fans applauded loudly. The CWHL has had an, at times, testy relationship with the upstart US based NWHL. Both teams did come together for the first ever Outdoor Women's Classic this season and there have been signs of a thawing in relations, but Wickenheiser's comments will no doubt stir the pot yet again. The CWHL All-Star game is today at 1:00PM EST and will be broadcast on Sportsnet starting at 3:00PM EST.

Kessler's new mask

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Christina Kessler's finally getting a Furies mask! She's been wearing her Team Canada mask at games.

William Nylander takes to the ice

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According to the Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan, Marlies forward William Nylander is skating this morning. He joined Connor Brown, Nick Spaling in a skate with Maple Leafs skating coach Barb Underhill

Nylander was struck with a concussion in the first game of this year's Men's U20 World Junior Championships, and had to wait a little while before he could fly back to Toronto.

While this is most likely not be a sign of an immediate return to game play, a light work out on the ice can test to see if symptoms return.

Nylander has 14 goals, 20 assists so far for the Marlies, and has played in 27 games.

Marlies Nylander, Leivo, Brennan join coach Sheldon Keefe at AHL All-Star Game

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The Toronto Marlies are one of three teams that will send three players to the AHL All-Star game.

AHL leading scorer William Nylander, concussed at this year's World Junior Championship, has been named to the All-Star Game after registering 34 points in 27 games this season.

Becoming an AHL veteran of sorts, Josh Leivo has also been named to the roster after registering 28 points in 33 games. This summer, PPP ranked Leivo 15th in our annual T25U25 countdown.

Former AHL defensemen of the year and First Team All-Star TJ Brennan, who sits an astonishing fifth in AHL scoring (first among defensemen), has also been named to the team.

Last week, it was announced that head coach Sheldon Keefe, in his first season with the Marlies, would coach the North Division team.