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From the Branches: Maple Leafs win a game in the middle of the night

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This is your Pacific road trip hangover open thread.

Chicago Blackhawks v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

It’s the morning after a 10pm Maple Leafs game (a win! They won a hockey game!), and I’m feeling pretty cranky towards the entire state of California right now. Also, the concept of time zones. I hope the rest of you got more sleep than I did. If you were a responsible adult and went to sleep before the end of the game, Seldo’s got your recap here.

On a more cheerful note, to start your morning off right: according to Google, the Buffalo Sabres have been relegated.

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Stuff We Didn’t Write

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The Leafs have another California game tonight, a 10:30pm start against the LA Kings. I encourage napping this afternoon. Self-care is important, guys.