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NHL fans break from playoffs to discuss gay marriage—because, apparently, it’s still 2006

Normally, “Canadian athlete supports existing Canadian law” wouldn’t be a big story—but the fact that New York Rangers forward Sean Avery (born in North York) supports equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians not only in Canada, but also in New York (cue Canadian smugness over progressive values), changes everything. All of a sudden, we have a case of “famous person makes political statement” on our hands. Throw in that Todd Reynolds, the vice-president of Burlington-based Uptown Sports Management, decided to weigh in on Twitter last night with his own brand of idiotic bigotry, and the story proved too juicy to let it pass us by.

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With glowing hearts: our nine favourite CanCon couples

Alison Pill and Jay Baruchel

Because there’s nothing we love more than canoodling Canucks, we’re thrilled to report a budding romance between Alison Pill and Jay Baruchel. OK, so they’re not quite at the McGosling fame level yet, but you do know them. Pill is the moon-faced young thesp who played the lone lesbian in Milk and currently stars as Princess Maud in Pillars of the Earth. And Baruchel played the really stoned guy who kind of looks like a hamster in Knocked Up. To mark the new match, we embark in search of our favourite true patriot pairings from now and the long, long ago.

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(Images: Pill, Gage Skidmore; Baruchel, gdcgraphics)

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The Leafs’ five worst faults—and how every one of them contributed to their 7-0 loss to the Rangers

Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson letting in a goal in an earlier game (Image: Matt Boulton)

Last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs definitively answered an important question: will the NHL’s most profitable franchise finally make the playoffs this year? Their answer was no.

In losing 7-0 to the New York Rangers, the Leafs answered in emphatic fashion. As beat reporter James Mirtle so accurately writes in the pages of the Globe and Mail today: “In a season full of losses, this was the ugliest of them all, one where there was plenty of blame to go around.” Below, the Leafs’ five most glaring faults and how last night they showcased all of them like they never have before.

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