Daily Links for Friday, March 18

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 15: Nathan Gerbe #42 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against Jiri Tlusty #19 of the Carolina Hurricanes at HSBC Arena on March 15, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Happy Friday everyone! Hopefully you're feeling better than I am this post-St.-Patty's-Day morning. Sabres play again tomorrow.

The three-day break between games is the longest the team has had since the All-Star break when they had an unusually long stretch of nine days between games. Since then, they’ve played 21 games in 40 days.

Myers avoids sophomore slump - The Buffalo News
Tyler Myers has freely admitted several times this season the pressure of living up to his Calder Trophy rookie year got to him. The loss of partner Henrik Tallinder to free agency was unnerving as well.

Sabres Continue To Honor Martin - WGR 550
The team has blue number 7's outlined in gold at each end on the ice behind the goals to honor their fallen star.

It’s Ted Black Appreciation Day! - The Willful Caboose
Ted Black is one cool dude. 

Playoff Push:

Senators cool off Devils with 3-1 win - NHL.com
For the second time in nine days, the last-place Ottawa Senators cooled off the red-hot New Jersey Devils.

Panthers shred Maple Leafs 4-0 - NHL.com
Four different players scored as the Florida Panthers cruised to a 4-0 shutout win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night. Scott Clemmensen stopped all 24 shots for the Panthers in the shutout effort.

Thrashers top Flyers 4-3 in shootout - NHL.com
Rob Schremp and Blake Wheeler scored for Atlanta in the shootout, giving the Thrashers a crucial 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers after squandering three leads Thursday night.


NHL News:

Bourne Blog: On booze, and the hockey players that love it - Puck Daddy
"Alcohol can ruin lives, and it's damn sure ruined a lot of hockey careers. I'm not trying to glorify it, I'm just explaining — it's a part of our game at every level, including junior. Why else would Canadians love it so much?"

Bruins' Marchand suspended for two games - NHL.com
Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $6,330.64 in salary for delivering an elbow to the head area of Columbus Blue Jackets player R.J. Umberger.

Caps have three goalies going after No. 1 job - The Globe and Mail
Capitals coach was giving history lessons this week

THN.com Top 10: Biggest NHL draft busts - THN
Today's list counts down the biggest disappointments from the NHL draft as seen in THN's Ultimate Book of Hockey Lists.

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