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FTB: The Maple Leafs now have one win and one loss on their road trip

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After easily beating the Coyotes, the Leafs lost to the Avalanche on Friday night.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Colorado Avalanche Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

After their easy 7-4 victory against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, the Leafs stumbled Friday night, losing in overtime 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche. The Leafs trailed the Avs most of the game until James van Riemsdyk tied it up in the final minutes of regulation. However, overtime didn’t work out.

Recap: Leafs lose in OT to Avalanche after tying game 3 times - Katya
“Nate MacKinnon outplays the Leafs, and a tired team can’t do more than get the loser point.”

The Leafs have today off before heading to Las Vegas to face the Golden Knights on New Year’s Eve to finish their road trip and 2017. The Knights have an incredible 25-9-2 record which, though I have not investigated, I assume is the best ever for an expansion franchise in the modern NHL era.

ICYMI

Holiday Mailbag Special: A Family Gathering with PPP - ATFulemin et al
The gang rallies to answer your questions.

World Junior Championships

Canada lost to the US in a shootout in an outdoor game which, irrespective of hindsight, was a really dumb idea. The snowy blizzardy, ‘why is this outside?’ game was a sloppy mess for Canada who blew the lead twice.

Today’s games (EDT)

Czechia vs. Belarus: Noon
Sweden vs. Switzerland: 2:00 PM
Finland vs. Slovakia: 4:00 PM
Denmark vs. Canada: 8:00 PM

Spengler Cup

Semifinal - Canada vs. Mountfield HK
9:00 AM ET on TSN 2

Other News

Jeff Glass, a journeyman goalie who spent a long time in the KHL, and was very briefly a Marlie, made his NHL debut Friday night with the Blackhawks at 32 years of age.

And he won his first NHL game.

How a boy with cerebral palsy brought sledge hockey to Yellowknife - CBC
Yellowknife's first-ever sledge hockey team is mostly comprised of children without disabilities. But they were brought together by Riley Oldford, a 12-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who defied considerable odds at birth and has found a second home on the ice.

Molson Coors recalling collectible NHL beer glasses after 8 injuries - Toronto Star
The injuries may have been due to drinking Molson Coors products.