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Leafs collapse; remembering Tim Sassone; goalie slashes player in the head (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney
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Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

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• Boston's 7th annual Cuts for a Cause goes Wednesday, and it's already a great success, because it yielded this awesome poster by Chris DeRoy. [Toucher & Rich]

Joffrey Lupul after the Leafs' loss to the Blues: “Certainly we’re afraid of letting it slip away. The whole year, we thought we were a playoff team, and we still believe that now. So it’s a matter of just going out there and doing it. Today we came out tentative.” [Yahoo]

• Mirtle on the systemic issues behind the Leafs' late-season collapse. [The Globe and Mail]

• Can the reeling Toronto Maple Leafs stop the bleeding? [Last Word on Sports]

• Still not sold on Corsi? Here's a thing on Corsi. [MC79 Hockey]

• Former referee Kerry Fraser talks about Columbus's game-winning goal over Detroit, scored with the net clearly off its moorings, and why it was the right call to count it. [TSN]

• The Chicago Blackhawks pay tribute to late reporter Tim Sassone, who died yesterday. [Daily Herald]

• Here's Flyers goalie prospect Anthony Stolarz slashing an opponent in the head with his paddle. He'll fit in well in Philadelphia. [Buzzing the Net]

• The Vancouver Canucks' season has been mired in unpredictable, unexplainable nonsense. So of course they're going to make the playoffs despite having basically no chance to do so. [PITB]

• John Davidson has been appointed as the new Chairman of the HHOF Selection Committee. [HHOF]

• NCAA star hockey players the Gaudreau brothers had to choose between Boston schools, and they appear to have chosen wisely. [NY Times]

• Justin Bourne on player's only meetings, and whether or not they work. [Backhand Shelf]

• Why this year's sucky Jets are less sucky than last year's sucky Jets. [Jets Nation]

• Speaking of things that suck, Erik Karlsson opens up on why 2013 sucked. [The 6th Sens]

Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton have developed into a solid pairing for Boston, which is the sort of thing that will happen when one half of your pairing features Zdeno Chara. [Dobber Hockey]

• Jon Blum opens up about his sister, who died in a house fire 10 years ago. [Star Tribune]

• The players will be getting some money back from the lockout year. Final HRR for 12-13: $2.24 billion. The NHLPA overpaid escrow by $24 million. [Renaud Lavoie]

• How important is health when it comes to winning the Stanley Cup? I'm going to say unbelievably super duper important. [About]

• The Florida Panthers have fired assistant GM Mike Santos. [Litter Box Cats]

• And finally, Jason Chimera video-bombs the hell out of Chris Brown. [RMNB]

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