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The Leafs bye week continues, but there’s still hockey in Toronto.

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The Maple Leafs are half way through their annual bye week vacation as of this morning. The Marlies are still playing, but they are on a long road trip while the Toronto Boat Show has taken over Ricoh Coliseum for more important stuff like this:

The Marlies are visiting the Checkers in Charlotte, affiliates of the Carolina Hurricanes. They won their first game on Friday 4-1, and won again last night 3-1. Jeremy Bracco kicked things off with this goal.

Back here in Toronto, the CWHL’s two China-based teams are visiting the Markham Thunder and Toronto Furies. Round one was yesterday.

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Alex Carpenter and Rachel Llanes scored their first CWHL goals and Jenna McParland put up her first three goals of the season.

Round two is today. The Furies play at the MasterCard Centre at 1:00PM. The Thunder play at the Rickard Recreation Complex in Bowmanville at 1:30PM.

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It was called a good goal by the on-ice officials, but was then challenged. The review by the Toronto office went on for a very long time, almost six minutes, implying that there was something to actually think about here. So what is interference and what is not?

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