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There goes gravity.

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It’s time to get back to work and back into the swing of things, folks.

World Juniors: How a hunch and a helping of determination led to Akil Thomas' gold medal moment | TheHockeyNews
He was a fourth-liner for the majority of the tournament, but coach Dale Hunter's gut feeling led to Akil Thomas' late shift in the gold-medal game. The rest is history.

World Juniors: Joel Hofer has been the goaltender Canada needed | TheHockeyNews
The St. Louis Blues pick wasn't at Canada's summer camp, but he earned his way onto the squad and now he's their starter as the national team takes on archrival Russia in the gold-medal game,

Why the recent trade action is only the beginning for the Flames and Sabres | TheHockeyNews
What will be the next big trade?

How a deportation taught Elias Pettersson to take nothing for granted
This is an incredible read. Make some time today for it.

Unsung heroes help Canada win gold over Russia at world juniors | Sportsnet.ca
Team Canada prevailed over Team Russia in the gold-medal game of the 2020 World Junior Tournament.

Canada beats Russia to win gold medal at world juniors | Sportsnet.ca
Akil Thomas scored with 3:58 left in the third period to cap a furious comeback and secure a 4-3 victory for the Canada's 18th title at the annual under-20 tournament.

Kovalchuk targets next game for Canadiens debut
It looks like Ilya Kovalchuk will debut on Monday for Montreal.

Trophy Tracker: Vezina
Darcy Kuemper has been lights-out for Arizona. He's the clear front-runner at this halfway point in the season.

Ovechkin reflects on decade as Capitals captain
Washington is celebrating ten years with the Great 8 as captain.

Capitals rally late, shock Sharks in OT
This kind of a turtle could very well happen to the Preds this season too. Yikes.

Have a great week, folks!