Daily Links for Tuesday, March 22

Reach for the Stars, boys. I mean the Preds.

Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke was suspended for the rest of the year and the first round of the playoffs yesterday, so check after the break for reactions from the Pens and the MSM.

Sabres seek to bounce back vs. Canadiens - NHL.com
NHL GameCenter Preview - Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens, March 22, 2011.

Sabres aim to channel their anger - The Buffalo News
There was pure rage in the Buffalo Sabres' locker room Sunday night in HSBC Arena. And not just because a couple reporters stepped on the team logo on the new carpet and forgot to walk around it.

NOTEBOOK: SABRES LOOK TO 'OWN UP' AND 'MOVE ON' FROM LOSS - Buffalo Sabres
Before the Sabres returned to the ice for practice at HSBC Arena on Monday, they first met to watch video and discuss what went wrong against the Predators and how they can improve when they play at Montreal on Tuesday for the final meeting of the season between the Northeast Division rivals.

SABRES ANNOUNCE DETAILS FOR RICK MARTIN PUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE ON THURSDAY - Buffalo Sabres
The family of Rick Martin and the Buffalo Sabres today announced further details for the public memorial service.

Stat Nerd: What gets playoff bubble teams into NHL postseason? - Puck Daddy
A look at how various aspects of a hockey team need to perform in order for a bubble team to make the playoffs. 

Cooke suspended rest of regular season, Round 1 - NHL.com
Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke has been suspended for the rest of regular season and Round 1 of the playoffs for elbow to the head of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh during Sunday's game.

Even Penguins think Cooke's suspension ‘warranted’ - The Globe and Mail
Tough guy’s own teammates in full support of NHL’s disciplinary action

Matt Cooke's suspension, and reaction to it, now sets standard for NHL - ESPN
Here's to hoping the harsh penalty Matt Cooke received wasn't a one-time deal.

Is Jacques Lemaire the best coach of all-time? - THN
Can a coach win the Adams Award if his team doesn't make the playoffs? If ever there was a case to be made, it's this year with Jacques Lemaire. After the job he's done in New Jersey on top of what was already on his resume, the question has to be asked where he ranks among the best of the best.

Penguins Coach Assures Everyone That Dazed, Vomiting Sidney Crosby Is Progressing Nicely - The Onion Sports Network
Following a Tuesday skate-around in which concussed team captain Sidney Crosby practiced for the first time since January, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma told reporters that his star player, who spent the majority of the press conference passed out and only occasionally woke up to vomit, is progressing nicely and should be back on the ice soon.

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