Hello there ladies and gentlemen,

Have no fear I am back from my three week writing hiatus and have good news for all of you. In an attempt to keep me writing on a consistent basis Trent and I have decided I will pick up a few more teams to write about. So with out further ado my list of new teams and my three favorite players on the team :) <3



This is only fitting because the Sharks were my number 2 team for a long time. When I was 13 I found a plaid flannel shirt with Sharks colors on it. One of the most beautiful things I own :) <3

    On to my San Jose Sharks

1. Ryan Clowe

He used to play for the Cleveland Barons (AHL) back in 2003.  I’ve always enjoyed the fact that when Clowe gets mad he really gets mad. There is no holding back. Especially if he is seeking vengeance for a hurt teammate.

2. Marc-Edouard Vlasic

As many of you know I really like Vlasic pickles. Sadly, this was the reason why I started to like Vlasic. Lucky for me he is pretty good at assisting fellow teammates.

3. TJ Galiardi

I enjoyed watching Galiardi play when he was with the Lake Erie Monsters. He is one of those understated play makers. Definitely a pleasure to watch.






I was sad when the Atlanta Blackhawks Thrashers moved out of Georgia. I had mapped out a road trip that year to see my lovely Blackhawks Thrashers. Then I was sad because that meant I would rarely see Natalie Taylor report. In the end it worked out. Natalie came to the Columbus and the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg. With the exception of the Canucks I like all Canadian teams. In fact, I’d like to see the Jets win a Stanley Cup. The cup needs to go back to Canada at least once right?

1. Jim Slater

I really loved watching Slater play in Worlds this summer. He was a nice addition to the team. Plus, I’m a huge fan of his work on “Saved By the Bell”. ;-)

2. Dustin Byfuglien

You can knock Buffy all you want for being a big dude but that doesn’t take away from his defensive skills. Buffy knows how to use his body size to his advantage. The moment you don’t take Buffy serious he will score or set up a beautiful play that leads to a score. I love Buffy so much I own a shirt that says “I LIKE BIG BUFFS”. I’m not ashamed to say I changed the words of “Baby Got Back” to “Baby Got Buff”.

3. Grant Clitsome

Grant was one of the most beautiful human being to ever play for the Columbus Blue Jackets. When the Jets signed him you could hear women and gay men crying all over Columbus. Grant may not have been the best player on the Jackets but there was something fascinating about his style of play. You couldn’t take your eyes off of him. Unfortunately, neither could opposing teams.



I’ve spent a lot of my life flip flopping when it comes to the Rangers. I love them. I love them not. I love them. I love them not. Then I joined twitter and discovered Dave Lozo. Seriously this man never ceases to make me giggle.  (click here for an example of his awesomeness ). The point is Dave Lozo is a Rangers fan.

1. Henrik Lundqvist

Lundqvist is truly one of the best goalies to play the game during my lifetime.  That’s all that needs to be said.

2. Rick Nash

Here’s the odd thing about Nash being in my top 3 Rangers players: He was my least favorite Columbus Blue Jacket. There is a huge part of me that doesn’t want Nash to do well. At least this season. Then there is this other part of me that enjoys watching him. It seems as though Nash re-found his love for hockey in New York. Which is great. Everyone deserves to love their career.

3. Michael Del Zotto

Del Zotto is an all around good guy. On the ice. Off the ice. How can you not like him?



Well there you go guys. It’s going to be an interesting ride. :)




The Winnipeg Jets’ playoff hopes took another heavy blow last night at the hands of the New York Rangers at the MTS Centre. The defeat leaves them 8 points adrift of the Buffalo Sabres, who occupy the all-important 8th spot in the east. Hope of making the post-season were high for a while, but a recent run of bad results has seen that small hope quickly fade into disappointment and thoughts of what could have been.

The game got off to a good start, from a Jets point of view. Jets piled on pressure and got a golden chance to make something of it 10:41 into the opening period. With 2 Rangers players in the box, Winnipeg had a 5 on 3 opportunity with just under 2 minutes, a stellar New York penalty kill made sure that didn’t happen. The Jets closed the period still in firm control, but with no goal to show for it.

Into the second period, and it didn’t take long for Winnipeg to finally get reward for their efforts. With 3:58 gone, Spencer Machacek strode down the right wing, and attempted a pass into the middle; his pass took a huge deflection of a Ranger stick and flew through a transitioning Lundqvist’s legs and into the net, 1-0 Jets.

Under a minute later, and Winnipeg’s relentlessness paid off again. Some nifty work from Wheeler ended with him sliding the puck to Bryan Little, who tipped the puck past a scrambling Lundqvist to double the lead, 2-0 with 15:06 remaining in the middle period.

New York seemed to have had enough, and replied quickly and in an impressive manner. The Jets were on a powerplay, but Callahan hustled the puck free in the Winnipeg zone and span round the back of the net and laid off Michael Del Zotto who had the easy task of dispatching the puck in the net, to cut Winnipeg’s lead in half, 2-1 7:44 into the second period.

Soon, the scoreline was even. Alexander Burmistrov had taken a holding penalty, and the Rangers punished him. Marian Gaborik dished the puck to Callahan who had set up shop in front of the net, and after a small scramble, it was Callahan who squeezed the puck home. 2-2 with 1:37 remaining in the second.

The final period had the same feel as the second. It took only 3 minutes for the first goal of the period to occur. Brian Boyle was behind the net, and carried the puck in to the side of the net and flipped the puck goal-bound; it trickled through Pavelec and made it 3-2 Rangers. Pavelec will certainly feel he should have done better.

New York sealed the points on a powerplay. It was Burmistrov again who was in the box, and it was the same offence, holding. After a passing move between a number of players, the puck landed at the feet of Stepan, unmarked, and he fired the puck into the net to make it 4-2, with 9:54 remaining.

The Jets didn’t have what it took to get back into the game, and they fell to another defeat.

Final Score - Winnipeg Jets 2-4 New York Rangers

Goalie Stats -

Winnipeg – O. Pavelec – 24 saves from 28 shots

New York – H. Lundqvist – 22 saves from 28 shots

3 Stars -

1. Michael Del Zotto(NYR)

2. Ryan Callahan(NYR)

3. Evander Kane(WPG)




Friday night saw the Winnipeg Jets host their rivals for a playoff spot, the Washington Capitals at the MTS centre. While every game from now on is a must win for the Jets, this one was particularly huge, due to Washington being in the position Winnipeg wanted. The Jets had recorded an impressive 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars 2 nights before this one, giving them a nice confidence boost ahead of this important clash.

It was Winnipeg who struck first through the captain, Andrew Ladd. Blake Wheeler slid the puck to Ladd just outside the Caps zone, Ladd came into the zone and tried a shot which was blocked, but a fortunate deflection landed the puck right at his stick, and he backhanded the puck straight past Vokoun to make it 1-0 Jets, 11:08 into the first period.

Washington didn’t let them enjoy the lead for long and levelled the game almost immediately. Johansson released a weak shot from the blue line and there seemed to be no danger until Brooks Laich got a touch and the puck deflected past a stranded Pavelec to tie the game.

A fairly low-key second period only saw one goal, and it was the Jets who got it. Some beautiful board work behind the caps net led to Stapleton dishing the puck across the crease and Nik Antropov tapped the puck home to make it 2-1 Winnipeg with 3:50 left in the second.

The Winnipeg Jets carried the lead and the momentum into the final period.

The third period got under way with a Capitals powerplay, which they took advantage of. Mathieu Perreault picked up a failed clearance at the left circle and had time to pick his spot and the puck trickled agonisingly through Pavelec to tie the game, 2-2 27 seconds into the 3rd.

There was one more goal in this game, and what an important goal it could turn out to be. Both teams had 4 skaters and Evander Kane had the puck on the left side. He danced past a Caps defenseman and drove to the side of the net, fed the puck into the crease and Dustin Byfuglien jammed the puck into the net, 3-2 Jets 10:39 remaining.

The final moments were all Washington, but they couldn’t find a route past Ondrej Pavelec.

Final Score - Winnipeg Jets 3-2 Washington Capitals

Goalie Stats -

Winnipeg – O. Pavelec – 20 saves from 22 shots

Washington – T. Vokoun – 25 saves from 28 shots

3 Stars -

1. Dustin Byfuglien(WPG)

2. Nik Antropov(WPG)

3. Tomas Vokoun(WSH)


The Winnipeg Jets made the short journey to Calgary on Friday to take on the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. After falling to the Canucks the previous night, the Jets were desperate to get back to winning ways and push forward to that last playoff spot in the East, however, the opposition had other ideas.

Winnipeg’s Mark Flood had the misfortune of taking the first penalty, 3:27 into the first period, and Calgary took full advantage. Olli Jokinen dished the puck to Mark Giordano and he unleashed a vicious slapper from just short of the blue line which sailed through traffic and past Pavelec to give the flames the 1-0 lead at 3:54 in the first period.

With Tanner Glass in the sin bin, the Flames doubled their lead. Jokinen was involved again, this time cutting in from the right and feeding the puck to the front of the net where Jarome Iginla had the easy task of tapping the puck into the empty goal to double the Calgary lead at 6:47 into the first.

With 7:09 left in the first period, Calgary kept piling up the goals. Iginla fired a shot from the right circle which Pavelec saved, but the Jets’ failed to clear the puck and Matt Stajan got a piece of the puck and it flicked over Pavelec and made it 3-0 Flames.

The Jets finally responded through Evander Kane, with 2:30 remaining in the opening period. Great work by Enstrom down the right boards led to the puck being loose in front of the net, Bryan Little found it and fed it to Kane who was open and he smashed it home to make it 3-1.

Winnipeg kept up the pressure and chopped further into the Calgary lead. Clitsome gave the puck to Blake Wheeler at centre ice and he charged forward, made some nice moves to beat the Calgary defence and lashed the puck past Kiprusoff from the right circle, making it 3-2 Flames with 27 seconds remaining in the first.

The game slowed down in the second period but the Jets got more physical, out-hitting the Flames 12-6. 12:53 into the period saw the only goal of the second frame, and it was scored by Calgary. Iginla broke into the Jets zone and tried to shoot, but the Jets d-man poked the puck away from him, unfortunately the puck went straight to the stick of Alex Tanguay who danced round Pavelec and fired the puck into an empty net to increase the Flames lead to 4-2.

Into the third period, and after an unsuccessful Jets powerplay, Calgary got one of their own, this one was successful. Jokinen once again had a part to play, he shot from the right circle and after a save from Pavelec, Tanguay touched the puck to Curtis Glencross who was on hand to make it 5-2 Flames with 8:32 remaining in the game.

Jets got a consolation goal through Tobias Enstrom, and it was a beauty. Slater walked in from the left side, laid the puck off to Enstrom who didn’t need to break stride and he hammered the puck straight past Kiprusoff, making it 5-3 Calgary. Winnipeg increased the pressure for the remainder of the game, but Kiprusoff stayed strong and rejected all their attempts.

Final Score - Winnipeg Jets 3-5 Calgary Flames

Goalie Stats -

Winnipeg – O.Pavelec – 22 saves from 27 shots

Calgary – M.Kiprusoff – 42 saves from 45 shots

3 Stars -

1. Alex Tanguay (CGY)

2. Jarome Iginla (CGY)

3. Miikka Kiprusoff (CGY)


The Winnipeg Jets flew into Vancouver to take on the Canucks at the Rogers Arena on Thursday night, desperate for a vital win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Winnipeg is one spot below the final playoff spot (8th) in the Eastern Conference, that spot is being occupied by the Washington Capitals who beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in OT on Thursday. The Jets are only 2 points adrift of Washington, however, Winnipeg have played one game more. Confidence would have been high in the Jets locker room, with the team winning their previous two games in an impressive manner.

It was Vancouver who struck first through Ryan Kesler. The Jets were on a powerplay, but a mix up in their own zone, allowed Kesler to pick up the puck and fire it past a helpless Ondrej Pavelec to make it 1-0 Canucks, 1:44 into the second period.

Winnipeg overcame the bad start and levelled things up courtesy of Kyle Wellwood. With 4:38 remaining in the second period, Evander Kane fired a puck towards the net and it bounced through a few players and left a big rebound right in front of Schneider and ex-Canuck Wellwood happily dispatched the loose puck to make it 1-1.

The Jets carried the momentum from that goal into the third period, and quickly grabbed a goal to take the lead. Blake Wheeler danced around Edler and created a 2-on-1 opportunity, he took the shot himself and the puck trickled under Schneider and made it 2-1 Winnipeg at 3:34 into the final period.

It didn’t take long for Vancouver to tie the game. 6:28 into the 3rd period and Edler received the puck from Salo and fired it towards the goal; the puck takes a wicked deflection off a couple of players and ends up past a stranded Pavelec, 2-2.

With 5:43 remaining in the game, the Canucks scored the decisive goal. Samuel Pahlsson was the recipient of a pass from Bieksa and from the high slot, he released an unstoppable slapshot which flew past Pavelec and made it 3-2 Vancouver, and unfortunately for the Jets, that is how the score stayed.

Final Score - Winnipeg Jets 2-3 Vancouver Canucks

Goalie Stats -

Winnipeg – O. Pavelec – 42 saves from 45 shots

Vancouver – C. Schneider – 30 saves from 32 shots

3 Stars -

1. Ryan Kesler(VAN)

2. Chris Higgins(VAN)

3. Blake Wheeler(WPG)



Now we sit, wait, and ponder on what the Chicago Blackhawks season is going to end up as with it either being a playoff position, making a run in the playoffs or missing the playoffs altogether. The majority of Chicago fans feel after the Blackhawks lone acquisition of defenseman Johnny Oduya from the Winnipeg Jets for 2nd and 3rd round draft picks in 2013, it seems the latter is not impossible.

In regards to the trade, many mocked at what a steep price the Blackhawks gave up to get Oduya but the price to pay for any player on a trade deadline is always steep, we all know that. Chicago has a surplus of forwards in the minor system, not so deep at the defensive position, but Stan Bowman did not make that bad of a deal because I believe Oduya is foreseen as a part of the future of the Blackhawks past this season. Blackhawks fans can look down the road in 5 -7 years and see if this trade really hurt us that bad. In the end, it helps us now and hopefully in the future.

Bowman probably had bigger things on his mind in regards to today’s trade deadline and probably wanted a center but could not land one. It may sound like I am trying to protect Stan Bowman and that is not the case, I simply feel that today’s trade was a good one. Now, with Bowman’s failed attempts or believed attempts at landing more key pieces, well, he gets an F grading. The Blackhawk’s holes on this team have been evident since game ten of this season and he’s had ample time to adjust this roster to make them more competitive.

A recent piece by Crash the Net was written about Stan Bowman seen HERE

Let’s take a look at how the Blackhawks roster will look when healthy and perhaps make an educated guess if this is a playoff team or even a Stanley Cup contender.

The following lines are how I would like to see them.





Michael Frolik, Dan Carcillo and Brendan Morrison as extras




O’Donnell, Olsen and Lepisto as extras

Of course we all know the Blackhawks are missing Jonathan Toews, Steve Montador, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Dan Carcillo due to injuries.

With a healthy roster I believe this team can make the playoffs and make a bit of noise in doing so, however, we’re not healthy so this team is in very big trouble. We’ve seen the Blackhawks play their best at least five times this year, yes, that little, which puts a damper on any projections of Blackhawks success this season. While anything can happen in the playoffs it’s safe to say the Chicago Blackhawks are not going to win the Stanley Cup this season with our current roster, just being a realist, not a downer and I for one will never give up on this team’s chances as we have seen lesser teams make it to the Stanley Cup final but will not classify them as a true contender at this time.

The idiocy that has been thrown around with fans selling their season tickets and/or abandoning this team is unsettling to say the least. It’s tragic that some of these people seem to have forgotten the past year’s in which the Blackhawks were once rated as the worst franchise in professional sports. Trust me, the team is much better off than they used to be, you know it, I know it, we all know it.

One can understand the concerns moving forward with this team and the decisions that have been made but I, for one, still have faith that this team will be a successful one even if I have concerns with the Blackhawks current General Manager Stan Bowman and his seemingly lackadaisical attempts at building a cup contender. If more poor decisions are made by Bowman I truly believe upper management will put a stop to it before it gets worse.

Chicago Tribune’s writer Chris Kuc asked Bowman how his day went and he responded with “Lots of talking. I’m tired.” 

Perhaps don’t leave it to the last day, Stan.

Thanks for reading as always,



The MTS Centre in Winnipeg played host to this crucial game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Jets are tied with the 8th placed Toronto Maple Leafs on 65 points in the Eastern Conference having played a game less, this means Winnipeg will need to be on top form for the 20 remaining games to have any hope of reaching the playoffs. The Jets were coming into this game off the back of a tough 5-4 OT loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers, whereas the Lightning were hot, winning 3 in a row prior to this one.

The game’s first goal came with 7:11 gone in the first period. A great effort behind the net from Bryan Little culminated with him feeding the puck to Andrew Ladd who was open in front of the net and Ladd snapped a shot home to make it 1-0 Winnipeg.

The Jets kept the pressure on and made it 2-0 with 5:01 left in the period. The puck was played to the front of the net from the right boards and both Tanner Glass and Chris Thorburn were hacking away at it, but it was Glass who would get the important touch to poke it home and double the Winnipeg lead.

The second period started off with a gift to the Jets, Victor Hedman of the Bolts fired the puck out of play and got a delay of game penalty to award Winnipeg a powerplay opportunity. The Jets powerplay has been boiling hot of late, with 5 successful attempts in a row. This one was no different.

Winnipeg made it 3-0, 1:36 into the middle period. Evander Kane received the puck on the right circle from a Dustin Byfuglien pass and with Andrew Ladd setting up the screen on Garon, fired it towards the goal and it nestled into the net. This goal made the Jets PP streak sit a 6.

The Lightning gave them a chance to make it 7 just seconds later, and the Jets accepted the offer.

With 2:48 gone in the second, Winnipeg put this game out of Tampa Bay’s reach and made it 4-0. The puck founds its way to Byfuglien from Blake Wheeler and Byfuglien unleashed a vicious slapper from the blue line which sailed past Garon and into the net. With the score now at 4-0, Dwayne Roloson replaced Mathieu Garon in the Bolts’ pipes.

The first 11 minutes of the third was all about Winnipeg’s penalty killing skills and Ondrej Pavelec’s outstanding goalkeeping, maintaining the 4-0 lead.

The shutout bid was shattered 11 minutes into the 3rd. With Kane in the penalty box for slashing, the NHL’s leading scorer, Steven Stamkos capitalised and made it 4-1. Teddy Purcell made a beautiful no-look, through the legs pass across Pavelec’s crease and Stamkos fired the puck into a gaping net for his 43rd goal of the campaign.

With 54 seconds remaining in regulation time, the Lightning cut the gap to 2 courtesy of Purcell. Tampa Bay had the extra attacker on and Stamkos fired it to the middle of the crease and a lucky bounce put it on a plate for Purcell who dispatched it past Pavelec.

Tanner Glass received a cross checking penalty with 17 seconds left and this gave the Bolts the chance to get on the board again. 7.4 was on the clock when Purcell moved the puck to the right side of the net and Martin St. Louis smashed the puck high into the net past a helpless Pavelec to make it 4-3.

Thankfully for the Jets, time ran out and they left with the very important 2 points.

Final Score - Winnipeg Jets 4-3 Tampa Bay Lightning

Goalie Stats -

Winnipeg – O. Pavelec – 22 saves from 25 shots

Tampa Bay – M. Garon – 14 saves from 18 shots.

Tampa Bay – D. Roloson – 16 saves from 16 shots.

3 Stars -

1. Andrew Ladd(WPG)

2. Dustin Byfuglien(WPG)

3. Martin St Louis(TBL)


This is a broad look at the playoff picture with just under 30 games to be played by each team. There is still much hockey to be played but why not dream while we can. So here is an overview of where teams currently stand and which teams I think will be the 8 in the playoffs come April.
As it stands Wednesday night, we have the NY Rangers (whoo hoo!) at the top of the conference with 79 points, followed by the Boston Bruins(72,) who have played the same amount of games as the Rangers, and the Panthers(65), who sit in third, to round out the divisional leaders.

A quick look at the Rangers, who have not lost more than 3 games in a row, shows us that they have been the most consistent team to date this season. The Bruins were very dominant early this season and were pretty tough to beat, but have only won five games in their last ten, three via the shootout.
Last season, the Rangers squeaked into the playoffs as the 8th seed with 93 points. To surpass last year’s total, they need to win 8 games out of their last 28. They are all but a lock for a postseason trip. As far as for clinching the division, they are in a good position to do so but need to be on top of their game. The Rangers are only 10 points ahead of both Philly and Pittsburgh, with 2 games in hand on the Penguins. Pittsburgh will give them a run for the division title but the Rangers have just enough points to come out on top.
Boston(72) will secure the Northeast division and there is very little doubt about that. Ottawa(68) and Toronto(64) are close but Boston has played way too well this season, unless they collectively decide to take a few weeks off to not finish on top of their division.

The Southeast Divison, however, is a completely different story.
The Southeast is a Division where if a team is not on top of the division, they probably will not make the playoffs. The Florida Panthers(65) currently are in the lead and sitting third in the conference. The Washington Capitals(61) who are still struggling to find consistency this season and are 3-4-3 out of their last ten games and are currently ninth in the conference. My guess is that unless the Jets make their first season back in the league a magical one and start pulling points out of nowhere, the Panthers by default end up on top of the division and I’ll then place the Jets to fight it out to grab the 8th seed. Who knows, can they make a fairytale ending this year?

Current standings can be seen here. NHL Standings

My Playoff Picture will result in these standings:
1. NY Rangers (116)
2. Boston Bruins (109)
3. Florida Panthers (95)
4. Pittsburgh Penguins (104)
5. NJ Devils (103)
6. Philadelphia Flyers (97)
7. Ottawa Senators (96)
8. Winnipeg Jets (94)
And just missing it and losing the tiebreaker, Toronto with 94 points, but less ROW’s. Perhaps next year Phil Kessel.



The Winnipeg Jets rode into Washington on Thursday to face their Southeast Division rivals, the Washington Capitals at a sold out Verizon Centre. The Capitals were coming into this one after an impressive 4-0 victory over another team in the Southeast, the Florida Panthers. The Jets were also flying high after a hard fought win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. With less than 2 and a half minutes remaining in the game and a 2-0 lead in their possession, Washington thought this game was safe… How wrong they were.

The first 40 minutes gave us nothing in the way of scoring and only coughed up 1 penalty, which went to Winnipeg’s Zach Bogosian for holding 12:28 into the second period. Although there were no goals, the Capitals out-shot the Jets by 24-15 in the first 2 periods.

The scoring got started thanks to Alexander Ovechkin. With 9:46 gone in the third period, Washington were on the powerplay and Semin blasted off a shot from the left circle, the shot missed the net but took a wicked bounce off the boards behind the goal, landing perfectly at Ovechkin’s feet and he made no mistake in dispatching the puck from a tight angle.

It was another Alexander that doubled the Caps lead, this time it was Alexander Semin who got on the board with 7:30 left in regulation time. Bryan Little received a double minor for Winnipeg and just 10 seconds into the resulting Washington powerplay Ovechkin whizzed a great pass across the offensive zone and all Semin had to do was guide the puck into an empty net to give the Capitals a 2-0 cushion.

Now things get interesting, the Jets have a 2-man advantage and Pavelec has left the net to give Winnipeg even more attacking options, and it pays off. With 2:15 left in the game, a scramble ensues in front of Vokoun’s net and it’s Evander Kane who finds the puck first and stabs it home to put the Jets to within 1 goal of the Caps.

With the Jets still on the powerplay, Dustin Byfuglien strides to centre ice and decided to fire the puck at goal, no chance of that going in right? Wrong. The shot takes a wicked deflection of the stick of Alzner and squirms underneath Vokoun to tie up the game up at 2-2 with 2:03 left to go.

No-one could find a winner in the 2 minutes left so overtime was needed.

The overtime period only produced 3 shots in total, none of which were goals therefore a penalty shoot-out was necessary.

Ovechkin was the only Capital to score in the shoot-out with Pavelec denying 2 out of 3 and Winnipeg scored both of their attempts meaning Jets were victorious.

Final Score - Winnipeg Jets 3 – 2 Washington Capitals (SO)

Goalie Stats - 

Winnipeg – O. Pavelec – 32 saves from 34 shots

Washington – T. Vokoun – 25 saves from 27 shots

3 Stars - 

1. Alex Ovechkin(WSH)

2. Alexander Semin(WSH)

3. Ondrej Pavelec(WPG)



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