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Carl Grundstrom scores two goals in World Juniors tune-up action

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Team Sweden kicked off their summer evaluation camp WJCs scrimmages with a big 6-3 win over Team USA White on Sunday afternoon.

Leafs prospect Carl Grundstrom picked up a pair of goals in the game, helping to secure the victory for the Swedes.

Watch the 57th overall pick's two goals above. Grundstrom is a virtual lock to make the team, having played at last year's World Juniors. He is committed to play for Frolunda in 2016-17 after MODO was demoted from the SHL.

WATCH: Auston Matthews scores his first goal of the World Championships

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After going scoreless, despite three shots, in the United States' 5-1 loss to Team Canada yesterday, Auston Matthews has responded with two points today.

His first point came on a pass to the point to set up Chris Wideman for a primary assist.

His first goal came off a pass from Winnipeg Jets prospect Kyle Connor.

Matthews is playing top-six minutes for Team USA as they lead Belarus 5-2 in the second period.

The best amateur female hockey teams in Ontario play April 7 – 10, 2016 in the GTA Area

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PPP has done an exemplary job of covering the higher levels of women's hockey this season. If you want to see some of the up and comers, take a look at the OWHA Provincial Championships. Senior AA and Midget AA is some really good hockey. And remember, there's no gate fee for girls hockey in the OWHA. Hit a rink and watch all day. If you happen to watching a Bluewater Hawks team, cheer loud for the girls, one may be mine!

Vote Duke as best AHL Mascot!

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Toronto Marlies mascot Duke needs your help! In the AHL's Mascot Madness voting, he's falling far behind Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins mascot Tux in voting to move on to the next round.

Leafs fans, we can not stand for this. The best AHL team can't see it's mascot lose to a penguin.

Head over in the link above and vote for Duke!

Soshnikov injured in Sabres game

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Nikita Soshnikov took an awkward fall into the boards during the first period of tonight's game against the Buffalo Sabres. As you can see in the above gif, Soshnikov was trying to go for a check but tripped over his intended target and instead went down backwards.

Soshnikov lay on the ice for a few scary minutes while the Leafs trainer came out. He was escorted off the ice to the quiet room, but returned to the Leafs bench near three-quarter mark of the period.

Earlier in the period, he tallied his first NHL assist on a goal by Leo Komarov.

WATCH: William Nylander's first NHL goal

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Brooks Laich passes to William Nylander who snipes it high glove side for his first ever NHL goal.

A familiar family moment as Brooks Laich also assisted on Michael Nylander's last NHL goal.

This is one of many, many, to come, though this one is extra nice as his first NHL goal AND it's versus the Senators!

A Box For Mr. B, please

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http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/bergevin-this-team-is-going-in-the-right-direction/

Could someone tell me A) When did Bergevin become a homeless man and B) Am I the only one delighted that he is ok with the "direction" of it all?

Nazem Kadri beats the Flyers for the assist of the year

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We know Nazem Kadri is good, extremely talented even. But this, this is something.

Watch Kadri step around or through three Flyers players before dishing cross-crease to Peter Holland.

The assist was Kadri's 18th of the season and 106th in the NHL, but it might be his nicest.

What a play.
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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