Daily Links for Wednesday, March 23

Last night's win clearly should have kept the NHL.com headline pun writers up all night trying to think of a Nathan Gerbe headline along the lines of "Smallest Player On The Ice Comes Up Big," but they went with the questionable "Run Of The Miller" instead. C'mon, pun writers, I thought you were better than that.

Habs fall 2-0 to Miller and the Sabres - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Ryan Miller recorded his fourth shutout of the season, as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-0.

Sabres have stepped up play over second half - NHL.com
Since the start of the new year, Buffalo's .643 points percentage ranks behind only New Jersey (.714), Philadelphia (.682) and Washington (.662).

Sabres Are In Must Win Mode. One Sabre Isn’t - SabresPulse
What's happened to Drew Stafford?

Regier's e-mail applauds Cooke's penalty - The Buffalo News
Darcy Regier, probably more than any other general manager in the NHL, abhors head shots. He pushed for their complete elimination during last week's GM meetings, and he doubtlessly was one of the men urging stiffer punishment for repeat offenders.

Mark Pysyk Is Goal Oriented - Bangin Panger
And now some hard-hitting news: Sabres prospect Mark Pysyk is trying to become friends with Taylor Swift though Twitter.

Playoff Race:

Hurricanes rally to beat Senators 4-3 - NHL.com
Chad LaRose and his Carolina teammates picked the right night to find their long-lost scoring touch.

Rangers blank Panthers for fifth straight win - NHL.com
Brandon Dubinsky broke up a scoreless game 7:49 into the third period and Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Florida Panthers 1-0 on Tuesday night and stretch their winning streak to a season-high five games.

Maple Leafs blank fading Wlld 3-0 - NHL.com
James Reimer stopped all 29 Minnesota Wild shots as the Toronto Maple Leafs skated away with a 3-0 shutout win Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center.

Bruins beat Devils 4-1 - NHL.com
Zdeno Chara notched his 400th career point and Milan Lucic posted his 30th goal of the season as the Boston Bruins topped the New Jersey Devils, 4-1.


NHL News:

Caps clinch playoff berth with SO win over Flyers - NHL.com
The Philadelphia Flyers overcame a 3-0 deficit and earned a point for their seventh straight game, but they still fell to the Washington Capitals in a shootout, 5-4, on Tuesday night, pulling the Caps within one point of the Flyers for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Shelley To Have Surgery - Philadelphia Flyers
Jody Shelley will have surgery to repair a broken orbital bone.

Kings lose Williams for at least 3-4 weeks - NHL.com
For most of this season, the Kings have crossed their fingers, knocked on wood and hoped that the injury bug would avoid striking them seriously. Luck ran out this week.

Hawks get good news on Sharp; Kruger on way - NHL.com
It appears that Patrick Sharp will be back before the end of the season, according to the report Joel Quenneville delivered after Tuesday's practice.

Adam Reasoner goes from Wall Street to Panthers goalie - Puck Daddy
The NHL has had its share of emergency goaltender stories when a professional keeper is suddenly unable to participate in a game or a practice.

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