Daily Links for Wednesday, Dec. 15

Look, it's two-thirds of ManBearPig!

Ten days until Christmas, but zero days until the Sabres play the Bruins tonight. Anybody have the feeling that the Bruins are going to be this decade's Senators for us - that team we can't ever seem to beat?

Niedermayer And Connolly Ready For Boston - WGR 550
Coach Lindy Ruff put his team through a rigorous 40 minute skate yesterday at HSBC Arena. He spent a considerable amount of time working on special teams, most notably the struggling power play units.

Returnees shuffle Sabres' lines - Sabres Edge
Even Mike Harrington can't believe that Niedermayer is playing on the top line.

 Miscellaneous Stuff - Shots off the Crossbar
A great recap hereof both the Sabres Children's Hospital visit and Miller's MSG 365 episode.

Buffalo restaurant patron assaulted over Sidney Crosby - Tonawanda News
A man told police he was assaulted by a group of males in the parking lot of the Olympic restaurant on Sheridan Drive early Sunday morning. The man was attacked for being a fan of Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who played the Buffalo Sabres earlier Saturday night. Depressing, to say the least.

Hartnell's power play goal ends Pens' streak at 12 - NHL.com
Evgeni Malkin scored twice in his return to action and Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to 19 games, but Scott Hartnell's tip-in goal ended the Penguins' 12-game win streak with a 3-2 loss in Phildaelphia on Tuesday.

Bourne Blog: When young players discover NHL is fast, angry place - Puck Daddy
A visceral read from Justin Bourne on the transition to the NHL.

Is Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit Red Wings greatest defenseman of all time? - ESPN
Meet Nicklas Lidstrom, aka 'The Perfect Human'. Or just watch a shirtless Chris Osgood interview Lidstrom.

Crosby, Ovechkin to appear on 'The Price Is Right' - WSJ.com
The time is right for NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin to put aside their rivalry in a bid to promote the Winter Classic.

NHL Ugly Sweater Party - TAUNTR.COM
Christmas used to be about tradition. Then it was about consumerism. Now it's just about ironic sweater parties.

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