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PUBLIC SKATE: Maple Leafs vs. Bruins, 1st Period

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We interrupt your Santa and Ugly Sweater pub crawls to bring you an Original Six matchup between the Boston David Pastrnaks- er, Boston Bruins- and the Toronto Maple Leafs! College students, make sure to save your essays now and properly bookmark your research articles because it's time for a much-needed hockey break.

First, the Leafs roster is looking a little different tonight following a trade occurring one day ago, where Peter "Pistol Pete" Holland was traded to the Arizona Coyotes for a conditional 2018 sixth-round pick. There was speculation of a trade for a little while , but the deal became final on December 9.

Holland leaves the Leafs this season with only an assist and a plus-minus of -2. Holland has no hard feelings with the organisation, so I eagerly await news of him being Uncoachable.

Tonight, all of Boston will crowd around TVs large and small to tune in at weddings, pub crawls, pre-finals meltdowns, and watch the MagiCarb David Pastrnak carry the Black and Gold's struggling offence. Our local stat man and overall nice guy that tries hard and plays the game Chris recently tweeted these fun numbers!

Watching the highlight reels from every game that he scores has me looking at my phone in a similar way that John-Michael Liles looked at Brad Marchand during the B's annual holiday shopping trip.

GM Don Sweeney also announced that Noel Acciari has returned to us from Providence! Danton Heinen has also been recalled and forward Anton Blidh was sent back to Providence. Blidh made his presence known when he recorded his first NHL assist (and subsequently his first point in the league) against Boston's 4-3 OT loss against Washington on December 7.

And, on a more sombre note, we end this post with the news of NHL legend Bill Dineen's passing at the age of 84.

Dineen was a two-time Stanley Cup victor with the Red Wings and former Flyers coach. You will be missed throughout the league.

Now kick back, settle in with some nog, and enjoy the game!