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From the Branches: Playoffs baby!

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Yeah, yeah, but let's dream for a second, okay?

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Here is a thing of beauty and a joy forever to start your Saturday:

playoffs Katya

Game Recaps

Recap: Leafs 4 - Devils 2 by yours truly

Red-hot Maple Leafs ride fast start to win over Devils - The Globe and Mail

or have the Game in Six:

Leafs face the Habs tonight, so laissez les bons temps rouler... for as long as they can anyway.


Leafs-related

The Next Eight Months And The Leafs’ Rebuild - Pension Plan Puppets
Fulemin sums things up nicely.

Eagles Fall 4-3 to Solar Bears - Mile High Hockey
Solar Bears score three unanswered to top Eagles

Kadri's dad has a sweet shot
Things I learned during the game yesterday... Paul Hendrick has an Instagram

Friday's Games

Arizona Coyotes end pointless streak at eight with 3-2 overtime loss against Anaheim Ducks - Five For Howling
The game winning goal is... worth checking out.

Flames Outshoot Canucks 46-13, Lose 4-2 - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Ryan Miller....

Avalanche don’t lose at home, in fact beat Islanders 2-1 in OT - Mile High Hockey
The incredulity in this recap still feels familiar

Blackhawks vs. Hurricanes final score 2017: Scott Darling saves 39 in dominant effort - Second City Hockey
Scott. Darling. Enough said.

Nashville Predators 1, Florida Panthers 2: Not Great - On the Forecheck
With a shuffled lineup, the Preds just didn’t have it tonight against the Panthers.

I would like to register a complaint: As I write this FTB Emerance Maschmeyer and Team Canada are facing off against Noora Raty and Team Finland for gold at the Nations Cup and I can't watch it.

Other things

Hockey East Frozen Fenway Double Header Postponed - SB Nation College Hockey
The Hockey East Doubleheader at Fenway Park scheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2017 will be played on Sunday, January 8, 2017 due to the impending snow storm

The Ducks’ Trade Wars - Anaheim Calling
Anaheim Calling wants JVR

Bruins diverted to Miami International in the wake of the Ft.Lauderdale shooting. Everyone is fine. - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Everyone made it. Our thoughts are with Ft. Lauderdale.

How this year’s NHL stories are shaping up, halfway through the regular season - The Globe and Mail
Taking stock at the midpoint of the 2016-17 regular hockey season, Eric Duhatschek finds some unexpected and startling developments