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Braden Holtby demonstrated the value of a good stick.

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Two Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

In all honesty I only paid partial attention to the game last night. The French Open is on this week (and I got up at 5 this morning for some Denis Shapovalov second round action) so I’m a little tuned out.

That said I was not sufficiently out of it to miss this:

At some point, because Washington is involved, there will be some ridiculous triple-OT game in this series. However Braden Holtby clearly sacrificed the right goat prior to last night’s game to keep it a 3-2 win in regulation. Nobody’s sweeping anybody. Could this thing go to seven?

Only real Leafs news of note comes from instagram where Morgan Rielly is having backyard adventures with a bluejay he’s named Joe Carter. It’s that sort of week.

ICYMI

The infamous OT goal that sank the Toronto Marlies in the playoffs - Species
The Marlies are in the Calder Cup Final for the first time in six years. It didn't end too well the last time they were there.

Hockey Analytics - Changes in distribution of shot attempts - Arvind
What does it tell us about the next frontier of hockey analytics?

2018 NHL Draft: Where do the Toronto Maple Leafs pick? - elseldo
It starts at 25th overall and ends at 211th...unless something happens on the draft floor.

Stanley Cup Final

Scoarpik Triumphant: Caps beat Knights 3-2! - Russian Machine Never Breaks
The Washington Capitals withstood an early surge from the Vegas Golden Knights and then struck back with some surprising depth scoring to secure an important road win in Game Two. Also, Brooks Orpik scored.

Stagnant 3rd Period Offense (And An Amazing Save) Sends The Series Back To Washington Tied 1-1 - SinBin.vegas
For five periods of hockey in the Stanley Cup Final the Golden Knights offense had been relentless.

The house doesn’t always win: Las Vegas stands to lose millions on Golden Knights | The Star
Nobody saw the success of the Golden Knights coming, not even oddsmakers in Las Vegas who could be on the hook for a ton of money if the local team wins the Stanley Cup

Around the league

The infamous OT goal that sank the Toronto Marlies in the playoffs - Pension Plan Puppets
The Marlies are in the Calder Cup Final for the first time in six years. It didn't end too well the last time they were there.

Hockey Analytics - Changes in distribution of shot attempts - Pension Plan Puppets
An Arvind-esk breakdown of where Crosi in the NHL is now and where it is pointing to in the future.

2018 NHL Draft: Where do the Toronto Maple Leafs pick? - Pension Plan Puppets
It starts at 25th overall and ends at 211th...unless something happens on the draft floor.

NHL Trade Rumors: Penguins reported to have interest in Max Domi - PensBurgh
During his "31 Thoughts" podcast, Elliotte Friedman disclosed the Penguins may have interest in Coyotes forward Max Domi and could make a move for him this offseason. Friedman also gave his thoughts on the latest Phil Kessel drama.

Can the Sabres give Rasmus Dahlin the veteran support he’ll need? - Die By The Blade
Sabres need to give youg defenders proper support

Armchair GM: My plan for Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning - Raw Charge
Playing armchair GM sure is fun, isn’t it?

Todd Nelson Is Heading To Dallas After All - Defending Big D
The Stars are currently short one assistant coach, and rumor has it that Todd Nelson may be filling the position.