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From the Branches: Ref Cam, International Edition

Plus, Vegas takes a 2-1 series lead thanks to Jonathan Marchessault and his Lamborghini

Finland v Germany - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The IIHF has gotten on the ref cam bandwagon at this year’s World Championships, and yesterday they released a video compilation of some of the best moments.

There’s a lot to enjoy here, especially in terms of vocalizations (refs make some really weird noises, it turns out!) but my favorite part has to be the one referee untucking Nino Niederreiter’s jersey for him. It’s full-service refereeing at the World Championships, apparently.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the NHL playoffs are grinding onwards to their inevitable conclusion: an offseason of one insufferable fanbase and 30 disappointed ones. Last night, the Vegas Golden Knights took one step closer to four months of rubbing victory in our faces, beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 to take a 2-1 series lead.

Jonathan Marchessault drove a Golden Knights-themed Lamborghini to the rink, and then he scored two goals, because of course he did. He’s stuck with that car now.

Have some links for your Thursday!

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