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I will not be writing about Patrik Elias today. I had no idea there were so many die-hard Elias fans. I’m glad there are, though. It’s the only way I’ll learn. Anyways, somewhat related, let’s kind of mail in today’s links and write subjective opinions (it’s Sunday). Oh yes, that means a top 5. The finals are starting soon and I don’t get a space on the Internet to ramble before they do so I’m going to make the most of it. Here’s the top 5 things I’m most looking forward to about the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Weekend Links: Quickdraw

Since I started working at The Score, I’ve started to look at hockey games a little slanted. I still enjoy them, there’s no over-saturation here, but there’s a whole side to the game that I just wasn’t paying as close attention to before. Most of this has to do with plowing through box scores and finding odd stats for the all-powerful editor. Actually, it entirely has to do with plowing through box scores. One stat in particular has changed my viewpoint on the game played on a sheet of ice. Face-offs.

Obviously, I know that winning a face-off is important. That factoid is up there with “score more goals than the other guys” and “if the puck goes in, it’s a goal”. But, I tell ya, I’m becoming obsessed.

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Monday Links: Staying Alive

There’s an episode of one of my favourite TV shows, Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night, where the team sits around the office watching a tennis match between Pete Sampras and an impossible long-shot underdog. Throughout the episode, the match between the two should be ending, but the match doesn’t end. As the night rolls along the crew of Sports Night continues to shout the phrase “this guy won’t die”. It’s pretty great.

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I have made no secret in these spaces that I am a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. A huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan. With the Kings amazing run this year, understandably, 1993 has come up a lot around The Score offices and it’s gotten to the point that I have just started randomly yelling “KERRY FRASER” like an unstable person. I’ve been told it has to stop. I can’t imagine why.

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When I was in elementary school there was a kid in my class, let’s call him Chris, who was always just kind of there. You know the type I mean. Didn’t say a lot, never caused trouble, was relatively unassuming; usual grade school nonsense stuff. I didn’t know a lot about Chris other than that his parents were divorced and that he was always falling behind in school. Kids weren’t mean to him per se but they were exactly accepting of him either. He’d kind of linger near the door during recess while we played football or red-ass or whatever game was popular at the time. He’d never ask to join, and I don’t think we would have said no if he had, but we never asked him either.

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Weekend Links: Some Kinda Love

As you may have heard, the second round of the 2012 NHL Playoffs came to an end last night. As all endings do, this brings a time for reflection and remembrance. Without further ado, here are my (totally biased and subjective) top 5 things I loved about the Conference Semi-Finals.

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Weekend Links: I Want My NHL

Allow me to get ungrateful for a few minutes. Cool? Thanks. The NHL has a scheduling problem. We’ve now had two whole days without playoff hockey. In May. That’s insane and should not stand. Now I know, I know, “Jake,” you’re saying, “it’s only two days, surely you can survive.”

Yes, I probably could. Can. Will. Whatever. But consider the fact that there was a chance the NHL would schedule tonight’s game 7 between the Rangers and Capitals for 12:30 in the afternoon. That’s an hour and a half from now and, I don’t know about you, but my Saturday morning hangover is pushing me towards going back to bed rather than staying up to watch a hockey game. My shortcomings aside, had the NHL not come to their senses and actually had this game in the afternoon, I can’t see ratings shooting through the roof.

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