TOP CLICKS: The week full of viral stories

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Some stories set the world on fire. And these are the most popular online stories in the last seven days, clicked by Sun readers like you.

Here are our top stories:

WARMINGTON: The puck wasn’t the only thing that crossed the finish line in the Maple Leafs’ stolen goal in 2023

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It’s been a little over a week, but Toronto Maple Leafs fans are still shaken by Morgan Rielly’s disallowed goal in Game 5 of their second-round series against the Panthers.

The TV taping showed it, and it was plain and clear to everyone – even the Panthers, although they would never admit it.

Some might argue it didn’t ruin the swing, but it certainly didn’t help after the referee “declared the game dead,” reported Joe Warmington. As dead as the hearts of Leafs fans, because the only thing worse than a loss in an elimination playoff game is one stolen from them.

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WestJet pilots will quit their jobs because of a money strike on Friday, despite being promised a contract that would earn them more than $300,000 a year.
WestJet pilots held an informational demonstration at Calgary International Airport on Monday, May 8, 2023. (Gavin Young/Postmedia) Gavin Young/Postmedia

LILLEY: WestJet pilots are on strike because 300 Gs a year isn’t enough

Before the WestJet Group averted a strike through a last-minute deal with the airline’s pilots, Brian Lilley investigated how many travelers canceled their long weekend plans because WestJet pilots’ annual salaries of US$300,000 -dollar was not enough.

How fitting that the last three letters of “enough” are what many of us thought: UGH.

We’ve had enough travel woes in recent years due to COVID-19, from flight delays and baggage problems to passport problems, that a strike by the country’s second largest airline would have been another burden for Canadians.

The deal between the company and its pilots is unknown, but it seems the pilots can now make ends meet. Please note the sarcasm.

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Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates a goal in the second period of game six of the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena.
Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates a goal in the second period during Game 6 of the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 29, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Photo by Mike Ehrman /Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks are favorites to sign Auston Matthews when he’s done with the Maple Leafs

Can you take on Auston Matthews in the red, black and white and compare his offensive skills to what Connor Bedard will bring to the NHL? Neither can we, Terry Koshan!


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Thankfully, Matthews has made it clear he wants to secure a contract extension this summer and the club have given no indication they are ready to let him go. The sound you heard was us let out a pre-emptive “Whew!”

Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York. (Getty Images/Files/Bang Showbiz) Photo by Getty Images/Files /bang showbiz

Prince Andrew refuses to leave Royal Lodge

Prince Andrew was rocked by scandal and brought great shame to the royal family, particularly his late mother, Queen Elizabeth, but he still doesn’t get it.

The Duke of York has called the 30-room Royal Lodge home for years, but King Charles wants him to vacate the property so his heir, Prince William, Princess Kate and their children can move in.

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It’s not like Charles is making his little brother homeless; Instead, Andrew would take over Frogmore Cottage, the former home of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, where Andrew’s own daughter, Princess Eugenie, had lived with her husband and son.

Now friends of Andrew are claiming the Duke is “fragile” and should not have to leave the family home where he has lived for 20 years. Come on Andy, change is good!

Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe congratulates Mitch Marner and David Kampf
Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe congratulates forward Mitch Marner (16) and forward David Kampf (64) on his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second period of Game 1 of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. (John E Sokolowski/USA Today Sports) Photo by John E. Sokolowski /U.S. TODAY Sports

The Maple Leafs should copy the Raptors’ playbook by dishing out Marner and firing Keefe

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Winning regular season games is one thing. Winning the playoffs is another.

Take the Toronto Raptors for example. They led all of their conference’s teams from 2013 to 2018 under coach Dwane Casey and were joined by leading goalscorer DeMar DeRozan and favored point guard Kyle Lowry.

But there was something about the postseason the Raptors didn’t like — so it needed a major overhaul, Ryan Wolstat reported.

Check out what happened after you fired Casey, hired Nick Nurse, and traded DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Not only was the postseason conquered, but it also brought an NBA title to the Great White North.

So yes, the Leafs can definitely take notes from the raps of the past. It is clear that major changes need to be made. One of the biggest changes happened on Friday when General Manager Kyle Dubas resigned. What – or more importantly, who will be next?


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