Daily Links for Saturday, April 24

Ryan Miller on winning Game 5: "They never told you which order you have win them...Tonight was our best game, and now that they've seen our best game, they'll have to react to it."

Sabres drop Bruins 4-1 in Game 5 - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Recap of Game 5 of the Bruins-Sabres series from our frenemies.

Rookie Tyler Ennis comes up big for Sabres - NHL.com
Rookie Tyler Ennis is all of 5-9 and 163 pounds, but he was a big reason the Sabres are still alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Sullivan: Grier shows the way with sheer force - The Buffalo News
Sometimes, the best thing you can do to teach rookies is step aside and let Mike Grier show the way.

Chara avoids suspension after post-game instigator call - Puck Daddy
At the end of tonight's 4-1 win by the Buffalo Sabres over the Boston Bruins, the old Adams Division foes mixed it up with even Ryan Miller getting involved with Game 4 hero Miroslav Satan.

More Sabres Links:

Sabres stay alive with 4-1 win over Bruins - NHL.com
Adam Mair, Jason Pominville and Mike Grier scored goals and the Sabres held on for a 4-1 victory over the Bruins Friday to force a Game 6 in Boston.

Sabres gasping for air - Sabre Noise
The Buffalo Sabres proved tonight why they were the division winners, and how Boston's offensive woes should have looked all season.

Top Sabres haven’t been sharp - The Globe and Mail
This article was written before Game 5, where most of the top 6 put in a much better effort (still looking at you, Stafford)

How "Too Many Men On The Ice" Happens - Bourne's Blog
A useful explanation for the non-hockey-playing fan.

WAAAAHOOOOOOOO! - The Willful Caboose
In case you were unaware, Ryan Miller has condensed all the power his playoff beard into the rarely-seen playoff mustache and look what happens. Playoff mustaches for everyone!

 

East:

Habs prolong season behind Halak’s 37 saves - NHL.com
Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves, as the Habs beat the Capitals, 2-1, Friday to stave off elimination and force a Game 6 Monday at the Bell Centre.

Flyers' leaders on same page at right time - THN
Throughout the year there was a rumored rift in the dressing room. Whether or not it was entirely true, the whole team is clicking together in the post-season.

Five Reasons Jacques Lemaire Failed the Devils in the Playoffs - PuckUpdate
The Devils season is over after last night's loss to the Flyers. When a team implodes like the Devils did, it's easy to blame the coach for the failings.

New Jersey no longer a model franchise - THN
What was once a dominating franchise that could repair itself from within now has to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to regain that touch.

Buyer beware on Kovalchuk - The Globe and Mail
New Jersey sniper’s subpar post season should serve as a warning to team’s interested in signing the free agent, Eric Duhatschek says in his weekly notes column.

 

West:

Wings beat Coyotes 4-1 to take 3-2 series lead - NHL.com
Tomas Holmstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored in the third period to lift the Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the Coyotes and grab a 3-2 lead in their quarterfinal series.

Canucks rout Kings to take 3-2 series lead - NHL.com
Mikael Samuelsson stayed red-hot with two more goals and an assist, while Pavol Demitra added three points in the Canucks' 7-2 rout of the Kings Friday. Vancouver leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2.

Samuelsson shows game-changing skills - The Globe and Mail
After his team lost 6-4 Wednesday, Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray noted that Vancouver Canucks winger Mikael Samuelsson changed the game.

Thank You Sir, May I Have Another? - Second City Hockey
Analysis of the Blackhawks 3-0 win over Nashville to even the series at two games a piece.

 

Around the NHL:

Norris Trophy Finalists: Green vs. Doughty vs. Keith - Puck Daddy
An analysis of the nominees for the future-Tyler-Myers award.

Oilers axe long-serving training staff - Slam Sports
The Edmonton Oilers lost a large portion of their history Friday as head medical trainer Ken Lowe, head equipment manager Barrie Stafford and equipment manager Lyle "Sparky" Kulchisky are all leaving their respective posts. Kulchisky dates back to the WHL days.

Team USA Wins the U18 Gold - Western College Hockey Blog
The US won the gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World U18 championships.

Beard of The Day - Second City Hockey
Since the Sabres won last night, that means we all get to keep growing playoff beards for another two days at least. Keep the magic alive through the power of facial hair!

2011 Winter Classic to be Played at Citi Field? - Blueshirt Banter
When addressing the media earlier today, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stated that Citi Field, the current home of the New York Mets, is a serious consideration for holding the 2011 Winter Classic.

DoanFace Gallery 1: Coyote scream inspires your twisted minds - Puck Daddy
After scoring last Friday against Detroit, Shane Doan, in all his exuberance, gave us the DoanFace. Naturally, it must be Photoshopped.

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