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Good morning, PPP! It's the Monday of a three-day weekend--Family Day in Canada, which sounds so delightfully cuddly and warmhearted, and President's Day in the US, which sounds, uh, the other thing. A Monday off is always wonderful, but the Monday off after a Maple Leafs win is the all-time best kind. It's a gift, from the Toronto Maple Leafs, to families all over Ontario. (Even Sens fans).

Just in case any of us had forgotten, Auston Matthews went to great trouble in last night's 4-0 win over the Hurricanes to remind us that he's stupendous.

You want to watch that again, only up close and slowed down? Of course you do:

ICYMI

Recap: Leafs stifle the Hurricanes 4-0 - Pension Plan Puppets
McElhinney records a 37 save shutout, Matthews does a thing.

European report: Playoffs! - Pension Plan Puppets
Everything is happening. Yegor Korshkov is back, the KHL playoffs are about to start and there’s hockey all over the place.

Maple Leafs News

Mirtle: Maple Leafs need to make over their veteran core to make next step – The Athletic
The Maple Leafs have been incredibly fortunate this year. They've been so healthy all year.

Clark among four added to Leafs Legends Row | Maple Leafs | Hockey | Sports | To
Nearly 60 years since Red Kelly seamlessly switched from defence to centre and helped the Maple Leafs win four Stanley Cups, Frank Mahovlich is still amazed how he did it.

News About Less-Cool Teams

Report: Alexander Radulov seeking a long-term contract - Eyes On The Prize
On Hockey Night in Canada, it was mentioned that Radulov is hoping for a six-year deal.

Blackhawks treat emergency backup goalie Eric Semborski to a new mask - Second City Hockey
Painted by regular NHL mask artist Dave Gunnarsson, of course!

"Cocaine, Alcohol, and Economic Problems in the NHL": A report by Expressen - Eyes On The Prize
A look into how widespead substance abuse has been in the world’s top hockey league.

‘Crunch time’ for Ottawa Senators begins with loss against Winnipeg Jets - The Globe and Mail
In a game with real stakes involved for both teams, Winnipeg outlasts Ottawa as the postseason looms

Women's Hockey

Les Canadiennes fall to Inferno, finish in second place - Eyes On The Prize
This means that the Toronto Furies will visit the Calgary Inferno next weekend for the CWHL playoffs.