Daily Links for Saturday, April 17

Thomas Manic Vanek shows off his mad skillz.

It's Saturday, and that means that it's time for afternoon hockey! Buffalo takes on Boston again today at 1pm.

Myers Ready For A Better Game 2. Roy's OK - WGR 550
Derek Roy didn't skate yesterday. Lindy Ruff said he just gave him a day off and he will play tomorrow afternoon. Drew Stafford wore a regular jersey and substituted on Roy's line.

Buffalo's Vanek attack bad news for Bruins - The Hockey News
With a hot finish to the regular season and a goal in Game 1, the Sabres' top sniper is getting hot at the right time... and the Buffalo experience.

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today that forward Nathan Gerbe has been returned to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

Buffalo Sabres unofficial hip-hop playoff anthem, with Queen - Puck Daddy
Look, most of you are going to be predisposed to loathe this Buffalo Sabres hip-hop playoff anthem from rapper NOVE as heard on Kiss 98.5-FM. Hell, the majority of the responses on the Sabres Junkie forums are treating it like Ashlee Simpson covering a Yoko Ono song.

Traffic concerns for Game Two - Sabres Edge
Please read this if you're driving to Buffalo for Game Two.

More Sabres News:

Miller's special delivery - The Globe and Mail
Ryan Miller is a good guy - also, this article says that Buffalo NEVER scouted Miller, but took him based on the advice of Miller's agent. A-wha???

While playoff intensity may be hard to describe, it certainly can be felt according to Head Coach Lindy Ruff.

Sabres embracing their blue-collar roots - The Buffalo News
Grier leads the Sabres by example when it comes to grit and intangibles.

Bruins plan to create chaos in front of Miller - The Buffalo News
The Boston Bruins know better than to trust their chances of beating Ryan Miller to the law of averages. They ranked seventh in the National Hockey League in shots during the regular season. Yet no team scored fewer goals.

Video: Tyler Myers's 'hockey play' on Bruins' Boychuk - Puck Daddy
Two different takes on Tyler Myers' big hit from Game One.


Eastern Conference Playoffs:

Devils even series with 5-3 win over Flyers- NHL.com
Dainius Zubrus scored with 4:04 remaining in regulation to give the Devils an eventual 5-3 win over the Flyers on Friday night in New Jersey, knotting the series at 1-1.

Senators fall to Penguins 2-1 - NHL.com
Sidney Crosby scored a goal, saved a goal and set up the game-winner, as the Pens evened the Quarterfinal Series with a 2-1 victory over the Senators on Friday night.

Ovechkin on loss: 'It's all about me' - Capitals Insider
As expected, Alex Ovechkin and his shot-less, point-less effort Thursday night was the center of attention this morning at KCI.


Western Conference Playoffs:

Red Wings beat Coyotes 7-4 - NHL.com
To say the Detroit Red Wings are comfortable in high-scoring games is an understatement. And in the postseason, scoring a lot of goals usually works just fine.

Predators stun Blackhawks 4-1 -NHL.com
Pekka Rinne made 25 saves and J.P. Dumont scored two goals, as the Predators quieted the United Center crowd with a 4-1 win over the Blackhawks in Game 1 Friday.

Sharks come from behind to defeat Avalanche 6-5 in OT - NHL.com
Joe Pavelski scored with less than a minute to go in regulation, and Devin Setoguchi tipped in the winner at 5:22 of overtime, as the Sharks overcame five deficits to beat the Avalanche, 6-5, Friday in San Jose, tying their Western Conference Quarterfinal at 1-1. 

Canucks Win In Overtime, Craig Simpson Has Good Hair - Orland Kurtenblog
Lots of questions and answers about the Canucks' first game.


Around the NHL:

Iginla Willing To Leave Calgary - Hockey or Die
If he feels Calgary doesn't want him anymore, Jerome Iginla is willing to leave. I think I speak for all of Buffalo when I say "We want you!"

‘People should stand up from being ordinary,’ Palin tells Hamilton crowd
Sarah Palin "put in a good word" with the NHL to try to bring a team to Hamilton, ON.

Summer Jobs For NHL Players - Bourne's Blog
What are the players that didn't make the playoffs doing over the summer to keep busy?

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