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From the Branches: Leafs sure aren't designing winnin'

From Pension Puppets

You’re not JvR, Roman. You can’t fly. – Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports

The Leafs’ Florida road trip got off to a rocky start, losing 5-2 to the Panthers. Tonight the action moves to Tampa; a final game before the All-Star Break.

The Leafs’ quick Florida road trip ends tonight in Tampa as the NHL All-Star break kicks off.

Panthers 5, Leafs 1 – PPP
The Leafs’ penalty kill sunk the ship tonight.

We’ll have our Tampa preview up this afternoon. In the mean time, check out what else we wrote about yesterday.

Nylander takes part in first full practice since WJC – PPP
Jonas Siegel reports that Willie is on the ice today with the Toronto Marlies for a full practice.

CWHL and Ottawa Senators announce Clarkson Cup partnership – PPP
The Clarkson Cup is moving to a larger home, courtesy of the Ottawa Senators.

Speaking of the CWHL, check out this video from last weekend’s All-Star game.

Last Night’s Other Games

There were 9 games last night and 6 teams managed to score 5 or more goals. So much the goal drought.

Fire Therrien. Clap. Clap. ClapClapClap.

I can’t find any updates yet on this story.

SB Nation Game Recaps

Ducks Offense Explodes in 6-2 Win Over Bruins – Anaheim Calling
Six different Ducks made their mark in the goal column as Anaheim set a season-high for offensive production en route to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.

Fleury’s shutout caps solid night – PensBurgh
See highlilghts of the goals, read some game analysis and chip in with your comments about the Pittsburgh Penguins game against the New Jersey Devils tonight

Hurricanes 5, Blackhawks 0 – Canes Country
Canes dominate Hawks in last game before All Star break

Jackets at Canadiens – The Cannon
Two straight 5-2 wins to send Columbus into the All Star Break in style.

Eichel scores two, Lehner gets first win in 3-2 victory – Die By The Blade
After a crazy finish, the Sabres emerged victorious thanks to Jack Eichel and Robin Lehner.

No Words…Doanly Dreams – Jets Win 5-2! – Arctic Ice Hockey
Jets give one final thrashing to former draft pick…

Predators 2, Canucks 1: That’s Three In A Row – On the Forecheck
The Predators picked up another victory on the back of Pekka Rinne tonight.

Hot Topic: Les Canadiens

The Habs were humiliated by the Blue Jackets last night, losing 5-2. This on the heels of them losing 5-2 on Monday. They have only won only 6 games since December 1. The Leafs have won Canadiens fans are getting a wee bit testy.

Canadiens fans are getting angry – Montreal Gazette
Since Dec. 1, it’s the Canadiens who have been the worst team in the NHL with a 6-18-1 record, earning 13 out of a possible 50 points.

There’s an easy solution to your problems, Habs.

Not Hot Topic: The NHL All-Star Game

Clear your calendars! This coming Friday is NHL All-Star Friday Night: Live in Music City” hosted by Kimberly Perry, it will feature performances from Aaron Lewis, Kristian Bush, Big & Rich, John Hiatt and Lee Brice

“The broadcast also will feature interviews and appearances from NHL All-Star players….” there is a long list of them, but we all know you are wondering if John Scott is one of them and the answer is no.

Game Time At The 2016 NHL All Star Game – St. Louis Game Time
Against SB Nation’s best judgement (probably), Game Time will be headed to the All Star Game in Nashville this weekend. Starting Friday, I’ll be tweeting scathing commentary on country music “stars” that I have never heard of before and wondering how Big & Rich’s cowboy-riding service is going.

Other News

NHL digital platforms to relaunch this weekend
Visitors to NHL.com, users of the NHL mobile and tablet apps and NHL GameCenter subscribers will notice wholesale changes as of this weekend. NHL.com gets a new redesign. The NHL apps will see a whole new look and GameCenter will be rebranded into NHL.tv.

There’s a new “Battle of Ontario:” a fight to develop the LeBreton Flats, a huge brownfield along the Ottawa River. Only minutes from Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court, and downtown Ottawa, it is likely the most valuable vacant land in Canada. Eugene Melnyk and his team are facing off against Quebec billionaires André Desmarais and Guy Laliberté. Both groups bids were formally introduced yesterday for creating a massive retail, office, and residential space for thousands, with a new arena for the Senators as the centerpiece.

2 visions for LeBreton Flats unveiled – CBC News
RendezVous LeBreton, the group backed by Ottawa Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk, sees five distinct neighbourhoods built around a major events centre, which proponents say could hold 180 events a year, far more than the 40-50 NHL hockey games that would take place there.

Take a closer look at the two proposals to redevelop LeBreton Flats | Metro News
The plans, both of which include hockey arenas and central libraries, would redevelop nearly 22 hectares of prime Ottawa real estate

Here is the first episode of Stall Talk. I personally think that name is wasted on a team without any Staals.

The consummate professional vs. the petulant youth; Lecavalier’s rebound and Drouin’s aversion – Raw Charge
Production returns to former Lightning captain in limited chances since his trade to Los Angeles, a contrast to Jonathan Drouin’s in Tampa and Syracuse.

Data drives Lightning’s need for quality defenceman in Drouin deal – TSN
Where Hedman and Stralman elevate the performance of Tampa Bay’s impressive forward group, the rest of the blueline seems to artificially suppress performance. Playing with the second and/or third pairing often means spending more time in the defensive zone, and, consequently, fewer chances to have an impact in the offensive zone.

Joe Thornton tallies 1,300th point – Fear The Fin
He’s just the 33rd player in NHL history to accomplish the feat.

Shawn Horcoff’s PED suspension highlights flaws of NHL drug testing – The Globe and Mail
If a player wants to cheat by using performance-enhancing drugs, he likely could get away with it through a minimum amount of planning

McDavid and the AHL – The Copper & Blue
Does a conditioning stint in the AHL for Connor McDavid make sense?

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