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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, PPP!

I regret to inform you that while Mitch Marner was embarrassing some Finns yesterday, his awesomeness did not come without consequences.

RIP, Mitch Marner’s boyish smile. That tooth was only holding him back.

In other news, the Predators beat the Ducks last night, taking a 2-1 series lead. Roman Josi scored the game-winning powerplay goal, with less than three minutes remaining in the third.

ICYMI

Maple Leafs quell some rumours, sign Calle Rosen and Andreas Borgman to two-year entry level deals - Pension Plan Puppets
Yesterday, we received (more) confirmation that Katya can predict the future.

Marner, Matthews, and the impact of the NHL’s greatest puck thieves - Kavin Papetti
Mike Babcock used to coach the NHL’s best puck thief In Pavel Datsyuk. He now coaches three takeaway machines in Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, and William Nylander.

Maple Leafs News

Andreas Borgman: Scouting report, Video | Maple Leafs Hotstove
Bob McKenzie joined TSN Overdrive to discuss the Leafs’ additions of Swedish defencemen Andreas Borgman and Calle Rosen on Tuesday.

Syracuse Crunch vs. Toronto Marlies photo gallery: Game 5 of the AHL North Division finals - Raw Charge
With the Crunch and Toronto staring down a game 7, we take a look back at Syracuse’s last win at home. Can they do it again?

NHL News

Peter Chiarelli Nominated For GM Of The Year - The Copper & Blue
GM at helm of 103 point season, first playoff berth in eleven years

The AHL realigns, as teams move about, and Vegas looks to add a minor league affiliate - Hockey Wilderness
Central Division drops Charlotte; One less team to worry about...maybe

Down Goes Brown: Ranking the candidates to be Canada's Team
DGB's latest--who really was Canada's Team?

Clarke MacArthur is living on the line: Arthur | Toronto Star
The Ottawa Senators forward has returned from concussion issues that cost him two seasons, but he admits “it’s always in the back of my mind a little bit.”

Hell and Back | The Players' Tribune
Marc Savard's Players Tribune piece on headshots and the end of his career in the NHL is worth a read.