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From the Branches: Marlies advance to the second round

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People who are definitely not up this morning: everyone on the Marlies

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Happy Saturday PPPers!

Much later today, Species will have a recap of the marathon playoff game between the Toronto Marlies and the Albany Devils. As I’m typing this they’re in triple overtime. Oh hey, Marlies win! They’re on to the next round of the Calder Cup playoffs. Also no one needs to play game five, which was scheduled for tonight. I’m sure even some of the Devils are glad of that.

Also today: the NHL draft lottery! I’m sure you’re all waiting on pins and needles to see how that unfolds. elseldo will have all the pertinent details of how to watch in a while.

ICYMI

Toronto signed some guys.

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Carl Grundström to an ELC - Pension Plan Puppets
Now that his season in Sweden is over, the rumours become true and he is now officially part of the Maple Leafs organization.

Toronto Marlies sign J.J. Piccinich to a two year AHL deal - Pension Plan Puppets
The Maple Leafs draft pick is headed to the Marlies

UPDATED: Even more rumours link Calle Rosén to the Leafs - Pension Plan Puppets
Katya updated her story with more basis for the Calle Rosén rumblings.

Stick to hockey: Thinking about inclusion - Pension Plan Puppets
Thoughts on representation in hockey, who gets to speak on ESPN, and integrating locker rooms

Why did the Maple Leafs unfollow everyone on twitter? - Pension Plan Puppets
Not content to just troll Buffalo and Montréal, elseldo moves on to trolling Toronto hockey fans.

Recaps

Nashville Predators 2, St. Louis Blues 3: Tarasenko’s Late Goal Evens Series - On the Forecheck
The series heads back to Nashville all square at 1-1.

Oilers Win Game 2, Take a Stranglehold on the Series - Copper ‘n Blue
With a 2-1 win over the Ducks, the Oilers leave Anaheim with a two-games-to-none series lead.

Around the league

Who Exactly Did the Coyotes Fire Yesterday? - Five For Howling
What comes next after exit of assistant coach, AHL GM, and two scouts?

Carolina Hurricanes Acquire Goaltender Scott Darling From Chicago Blackhawks - Canes Country
The Canes give up a third round draft pick in exchange for exclusive negotiating rights for the Chicago netminder.

FYI

USA Hockey names Executive Director
Can't help but note this guy seems to be just another member of the old guard who has had little if any experience with women's hockey. Hope he’s willing to learn.