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Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Magic and Tragic

The Preds had a huge win last night, but this one is still going to come down to the wire.

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Recap: Nashville Predators 1, Dallas Stars 0 (OT): Saros perfect, Haula scores in brutal win | On the Forecheck
I hit publish on my recap, walked away from my computer, and lay down under a heating pad on my neck and shoulders to try to relax the muscles that had tensed up from watching this game. It didn't really work. I’m going to wake up in so much pain today, but at least they got the win.

Shock and disappointment: Kacey Bellamy recounts Worlds cancellation | The Ice Garden
The women haven't been able to play, but the IIHF has managed to find a way for the men's U20 and U18 (boys' U18?) to go ahead. Bellamy discusses the scheduling issues for a summer tournament--this was before the dates were officially announced, but the question was already floating around--and how it will negatively impact players for the Olympics. Just a mess from start to finish.

Alberta likely to be host of IIHF Women's World Championship | Sportsnet.ca
The tournament has been rescheduled for the end of August, but without a location set yet.

IIHF releases new dates but no location for 2021 Worlds | The Ice Garden
“This is technically the second time the 2021 tournament has been rescheduled.” Going great here.

Islanders beat Rangers to clinch playoff spot for third straight year | Sportsnet.ca
Guys, don't look now, but I think Barry Trotz might be okay at coaching.

Vancouver Canucks player on leave after sexual misconduct allegation | Vancouver Is Awesome
The Canucks have placed Jake Virtanen on leave while they investigate the allegation.

AHL will not crown a Calder Cup champion for second-straight season | ESPN
The AHL plans to resume regular-season play in mid-October.

Maple Leafs' Matthews continues 'unbelievable' season with wingman Marner | Sportsnet.ca
I was all set to pass this as an interesting article, and then I got to "The last player to win the Rocket with 66 goals is no one. Not even close. The award wasn’t invented when superstars were lighting lamps at Matthews’ current pace."

Alex Ovechkin won it with 65 in 2008, but I guess...one goal short?...is, uh, "not even close"--at least if what you're measuring is the distance between the home arena of the team he played for and the physical location of the Hockey Hall of Fame. (Steven Stamkos won it with 60 in 2012, which is, of course, even further away in both senses.)

NHL Scores: Craig Smith hat trick; Islanders clinch playoff spot | ProHockeyTalk
It's fine. We're doing fine here. Nobody misses anybody.

Ilya Ovechkin is getting that hockey itch | RMNB
Do you want to see a video of a baby in a walker playing with a tiny baby hockey stick? If so, Russian Machine Never Breaks has you covered.

Have a good Sunday, y'all.