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The NHL season kicked off with a Maple Leafs loss to Montreal, but I didn't find it to be a painful loss, aside from that first goal.

.........aw dammit
.........aw dammit
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Good Morning!

How y'all feeling today? I enjoyed last nights game, dribbler goal to open the game aside. We got to see the first ever coach's challenge which is neat and falls into the history of the Leafs doing new things, they had the first shootout in NHL history as well.

No Leafs game tonight, but game 1 of the ALDS series between the Blue jays and the Rangers happens. If you want we can make a GDT for everyone to chat in if you don't feel like going all the way to BBB. Game 1 is at 3:30 this afternoon, so skip out of work early, eh?

Enjoy your links, it's the most wonderful time of the year.

Leafs Coverage

Game Recap: Montreal Canadiens 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs 1 - Pension Plan Puppets

Toronto Maple Leafs Post-Game: Leafs Get Carlyle'd | The LeafsNation

Leafs win first coaches challenge in NHL history | The LeafsNation

BWB Post-Game: Opening Night, Leafs vs. Canadiens

Canadiens vs Leafs Top Six Minutes: So It Begins with a big win - Eyes On The Prize

Price makes 36 saves in opening-night win over hard-working Maple Leafs | theScore

Vintage Leaf Memories - Michael Langlois: Nothing quite like opening night for the Leafs and the NHL…

Non-Leafs Recaps

Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks recap: That's not the start you want - Matchsticks and Gasoline

Quick Bite: Sharks score five straight to beat Kings - Fear The Fin

Rangers Vs. Blackhawks Recap: Rangers Hang On To Spoil Hawks Cup Celebration - Blueshirt Banter

Postgame Thread: Why Are the Kings - Jewels From The Crown

Blackhawks vs. Rangers recap: Chicago falls to New York in opener, 3-2 - Second City Hockey

Non-Leafs Coverage

Alphonso and Sharrers share bond in NHL’s zebra fraternity | TheColorOfHockey

Down Goes Brown: Seven opening night story lines to overreact to

It sure sounds like Rob Zombie's 'Broad Street Bullies' movie isn't going to happen - Broad Street Hockey

Jack Eichel: "We are the future" - Die By The Blade

New Jersey Devils to Retire Martin Brodeur's No. 30, Build Statue for Prudential Center - All About The Jersey

The anniversary to the start of Tampa Bay Lightning hockey - Raw Charge

Blackhawks try to sneak Gary Bettman past boos and they fail (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Fans unite through #RaiseTheBanner, #NotMyNHL to raise awareness of sexual assault | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

10 Pens Thoughts: Power play alignment, 3v3 OT, coaches love Scuderi and more! - PensBurgh

Milan Lucic believes he didn't deserve a match penalty at end of Sharks/Kings game | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

VIDEO: Dustin Brown nails Logan Couture with clumsy, dirty open-ice hit | theScore

Kings' Lucic receives match penalty for attempting to injure Sharks' Couture | theScore

Five reasons why the Jets will improve over last season - Arctic Ice Hockey

The Oilers Will Have Four Alternate Captains and No Captain This Season. - The Copper & Blue

Bayes-Ball

Arrieta dominates Pirates, propels Cubs to NLDS | theScore

I'm rooting for the Cubs in the NL. I want a Cubs/Jays world series!

Enjoy your Thursday, and everyone, let's be careful out there.