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The Stanley Cup Final could end tonight with a result no one expected last October.

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Four Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

For election return and exit poll chat: https://www.pensionplanpuppets.com/2018/6/7/17439862/ontario-election-chat-post-exit-polls-results-winners-and-losers

It’s election day in Ontario. Yes, this is my lede. It’s my lede because no matter how piss-poor are the candidates from which we have to select you should still get off your butt and vote today. You can find out where to vote here if you are like me—and pretty much everyone else in Ontario—and never actually received your Voter Information Card in the mail.

The upside tonight is no matter who you want to win today you will have something way better to watch on TV than the talking heads pontificating on the meaning of preliminary results from a single polling station cast in a remote riding like ‘Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes’.

You can watch hockey instead!

The Washington Capitals play to win the Stanley Cup tonight. Yes, you read that correctly. The Washington Capitals, the team which always has some horrific disaster in the early rounds of the playoffs, could actually win the Stanley Cup tonight. Of course, the Golden Knights aren’t going to go down without a fight, but things don’t look good for the expansion team.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Marlies will try to extend their series lead on the Texas Stars in the Calder Cup Fnal. After defeating them 2-1 Tuesday, the Marlies return to the ice tonight in Austin. This game will also start at 8:00 p.m. and you can watch it on TSN2, or Leafs Nation Network.

ICYMI

Here’s what we wrote about yesterday.

Women’s Hockey Wednesday: Florence Schelling retires, NWHL signings - Annie and Nafio
NWHL free agency and CWHL draft registration are now open.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and the NHL Draft: Round Three - elseldo
Toronto hasn’t had a really successful Maple Leaf from round three since the draft began. [Species: Josh Leivo sighting!]

Draft Profile: Is Martin Kaut the next Jakub Vrana? - Arvind
Martin Kaut overview and scouting report

Other News

Finding Cheap depth: Mattinen and Middleton - Stanley Cup of Chowder
[Species: Those names sound familliar.]

Carolina Hurricanes sign Patrick Brown to one-year deal - Canes Country
[Species: this is your oblgatory Ontario Election day headline joke.]

The Capitals Should Fire Barry Trotz ... Revisited - Japers' Rink
"Revisiting an opinion that hasn’t aged very gracefully."

I’m done helping the NFLPA pay lip service to domestic violence prevention - WaPo
The organization’s leaders said they were serious about reducing violence, but it wasn’t true.

Wild fans need to pump the breaks on outrage over Haula and Tuch - Hockey Wilderness
Those two wouldn’t change the outcome for the Wild.

What will Crawford’s status be for the Blackhawks 2018-19 season? - Second City Hockey
"Not once has their ever been an official statement on what ailed Corey Crawford, except for the ever-vague “upper-body injury” classification."

Humboldt Broncos player excited to skate again after 2 months in hospital - CTV News
Xavier Labelle says he looks forward to graduating from high school and one day lacing up his skates again after he was released from hospital Wednesday.

Florida’s mermaid industry is booming - Tampa Bay Times
"Ducharme sells his custom-designed tails for up to $5,000 each. He’s working on 80 of them right now, each designed to match the customers’ personal measurements."