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Read up on what’s going in the sports world while we wait impatiently for the blue and white doom to roll in on Vancouver.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Check out the recap right now if you haven’t to relieve the fun and excitement of the Oilers giving Toronto a win! (And a lesson on how not to play a second period.)

It was the best game ever in the last minute last night, but I think the Leafs levelled up the Oilers goalie, and the next team that faces him will have a harder time.

Our Stuff

All Connor Brown does is score - Pension Plan Puppets
Score, score, score no matter what \ he’s got goals on his mind, he can never get enough

Recap: Toronto Marlies lose to Syracuse Crunch 3-1 on Wednesday night - Pension Plan Puppets
It’s the first Marlies loss to the Crunch this season.

The Leafs have their own set of killers - Pension Plan Puppets
For years there have been players who walk into games against the Leafs destined to score, but we are finally understanding how it feels to be on the other side of it.

Maple Leafs by the Numbers: #17 Wendel Clark - Pension Plan Puppets
I could have put someone else in this spot but I like my blood in my body

Other Stuff

Is second place in the Atlantic actually the NHL’s biggest regular season prize? – TheLeafsNation

[Spoiler: yes]

Fly on the wall: A day with Steelheads GM and coach James Richmond | Toronto Sun
James Richmond, the general manager and head coach of the Mississauga Steelheads, was thrown into the fire as a hockey coach 30 years ago — and he’s never looked back.

Rookie Marlies defenceman Liljegren starting to feel at home in Toronto | National Post
Timothy Liljegren is finally feeling at home in Toronto, and it has nothing to do with his play on the ice. The Toronto Marlies rookie was finally able to move out of a Toronto hotel and into his own condo.

SBN Stuff

Golden Knights sign Brayden McNabb to 4-year extension - Knights On Ice
In establishing a core in Vegas, the defenseman will be around for the foreseeable future.

Daniel Walcott injured in Syracuse Crunch’s 3-1 win over Toronto - Raw Charge
The Crunch take down the top team in the North Division.

Sami Vatanen’s Trade to New Jersey May Raise More Questions Than It Answers - Anaheim Calling
Sami Vatanen is now a New Jersey Devil, and Adam Henrique is now an Anaheim Duck. Does that make Anaheim a better team?

Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi traded to Anaheim for Sami Vatanen - All About The Jersey
The New Jersey Devils acquire much needed help on defense but say fairwell to Adam Henrique.

Rangers acquire Peter Holland for Adam Cracknell - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers make a minor deal to improve their center depth and pick up a player who could challenge for fourth line minutes.

Habs Cash in 2-for-1 Coupon, Down Wings 6-3 - Winging It In Motown
We’re all muttering under our breath like an angry Elmer Fudd after that one.

Have a happy and fun Friday, everyone!

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