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Devils, Flyers, and Stars win big in the draft lottery, and more in your Sunday links

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Good morning, PPP!

Last night, in a draft lottery that mattered not a whit to the Toronto Maple Leafs (isn’t that a pleasant change?) probability decided to screw with the hockey community as a whole. Let’s be real, though, the Devils winning the draft lottery was worth it entirely for this Taylor Hall tweet:

In yesterday’s games, the Ottawa Senators beat the New York Rangers in overtime, 6-5, behind a four-goal effort from Jean-Gabriel Pageau.

And in the evening, the Washington Capitals’ playoff futility continued with a 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, because of course it did. Washington is now down 0-2 in the series.

ICYMI

Odd and Interesting Numbers from the Leafs’ 2016-17 Season - Pension Plan Puppets
Some things that stood out to us as we combed through the data.

Toronto Marlies defeat Devils in third overtime, move on to next round of Calder Cup Playoffs - Pension Plan Puppets
Kasperi Kapanen injured in grueling game.

Maple Leafs News

A scouting report on Calle Rosén | Maple Leafs Hotstove
In case anyone's got more questions about the new Swede.

Watch all 44 Auston Matthews goals from his incredible rookie season - Sportsnet.ca
In honor of yesterday’s draft lottery, why not kick back and watch some brilliance?

Maple Leafs apologize to upset Twitter fans | CTV Toronto News
Still can't believe this is a real news story.

Auston Matthews takes in the Blue Jays-Rays game in a Canadian tuxedo - Bardown
There is no confirmation Matthews was wearing a true Canadian tuxedo, but the sunglasses are boss.

Other Hockey News

NHL draft 2017: Flyers MOVE UP TO SECOND IN THE DRAFT - Broad Street Hockey
THANK YOU BASED PING PONG BALL GODS

Why did the Blackhawks choose Corey Crawford over Scott Darling? - Second City Hockey
This was one area where the Hawks could’ve made bigger changes.

South Korea clinches berth into 2018 IIHF Worlds top division for first time (Video)
Korea will be participating in the IIHF men’s World Championship for the first time in the country’s history next year when the tournament is played in Denmark.