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From the Branches: The 2017 Toronto Maple Leafs are leading a playoff series

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Good thing the Washington Capitals already won the most important trophy in the NHL.

Washington Capitals v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Three

Last night the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Washington Capitals in overtime.

Last night the rookie laden Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the veteran Washington Capitals in overtime.

Last night the rookie laden Toronto Maple Leafs who are coming off a season where they finished dead last in the league defeated the veteran Washington Capitals who won the Presidents Trophy.

Last night the rookie laden Toronto Maple Leafs who are coming off a season where they finished dead last in the league and were picked to lose this series in 4-5 games defeated the veteran laden Washington Capitals who won the Presidents Trophy and have not been past the second round since 1998.

LAST NIGHT THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS TOOK THE LEAD IN THEIR OPENING ROUND SERIES AND SIT WITH A 2-1 ADVANTAGE.

THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS ARE TWO WINS AWAY FROM THE SECOND ROUND.

THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS. LED IN SCORING BY ROOKIES.

ARE TWO WINS FROM BEATING THE CAPITALS.

Here are your morning links.

Recaps for last nights game can be found here at PPP, MLHS, and TLN.

You can head to Japers Rink for the losing side’s take on things.

Down Goes Brown picks the best Leafs playoff moments from the past 30 years.

The Athletic takes a peek and what makes the Kids so good. (Unlocked)

Vintage Leafs Memories knows that the Leafs are the team everyone fears.

Puck Daddy tells us what we already knew: Nazem Kadri is a stud and we’re lucky to have him on such a damn fine deal.

Matchsticks & Gasoline has a PSA that it’s not the ref’s fault the Calgary Flames are down 3-0 to the Anaheim Ducks.

Pensburgh looks at how the Penguins beat down the Blue Jackets. Read up on our round two opponent.

On the other side of that series, The Cannon blames Torts and...well, yeah.

The Ottawa Senators got into it with fans after winning the game? Cup o Chowdah has you covered on that while Silver Seven Sens has the recap.

Second City Hockey is all “bloo bloo bloo interference call” after going down 0-3 to the Predators. (Or maybe not, I didn’t read the link).

The Colour of Hockey loves springtime hockey.

Enjoy the day folks. Game four is tomorrow night.