Daily Links for Monday, April 18

Game 3. Get it on.

The Flyers come to buffalo for game three of what has so far been an unpredictable series. But feel free to make your own predictions in the comments anyway.

After playing Games 1 and 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series in a sea of orange, the Sabres have returned to Buffalo and expect to play in front of an emotional home crowd on Monday night.

Sabres prove mettle, but must keep their composure - The Buffalo News
The Flyers you see today are smarter and faster than they were years ago.

Sabres Ruff Is All Revved Up - WGR 550
Lindy Ruff wasn't upset after Game 2 that his team was shorthanded just shy of 16 minutes.

Pronger out for Game 3; Boosh in? - Philadelphia Inquirer
Chris Pronger will not play tonight.

Gunning for discipline and goals - The Buffalo News
Click here for a great up-close picture of Drew Stafford's mustache/mutton chops combo.

Sabres excited to be home - NHL.com
After two intense opening games in Philadelphia, the Sabres are glad to be back at the HSBC Arena.

More Sabres Links:

Sekera shoots ... he scores! ... then gets burned - The Buffalo News
Sekera did score his first career playoff goal to give the Sabres a 3-2 lead in the middle of the wild first period. But that was the highlight of Sekera's night. The rest of it was trouble-filled: he was on for four Flyer goals.

Briere still cherishes his time in Buffalo - NHL.com
But not enough to not act like a little prick on the ice.

A Missed Opportunity - Hockey Rhetoric
All they needed was for their best forwards to execute and score one goal in the final period that included six minutes of powerplay time. They couldn’t convert. They couldn’t beat Boucher late. That was ultimately the difference.

Bobrovsky or Boucher: Who will start Game 3? - CSN Philly
Brian Boucher came in and played well in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 2 against the Sabres, but which goalie will start Game 3 in Buffalo?

Coming Back Home - Top Shelf
Heather gives us a positive re-framing of game two.

Sabres fans: Free bagels before Game Three - Buffalo.com
Stop by The Buffalo News building (corner of Washington and Scott Sts., one block north of HSBC Arena) on Monday after 5:30 PM and enjoy a delicious bagel before watching the Sabres stomp the Flyers.


NHL News:

Habs remain wary of Bruins - The Globe and Mail
Scoring early, stingy defence equals Canadiens' success over Bruins.

Coyotes need to improve at even strength - NHL.com
The Coyotes know it's tough to match the skill the Red Wings put on the ice when the special teams units take over the game.

Video: Brandon Dubinsky saves Rangers’ season with Game 3 goal - Puck Daddy
Check this post only for the great picture of Dubinsky's porn 'stache.

Naylor: What happened to parity for Canada's smaller teams? - TSN
When the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators made the Stanley Cup final in the two years following the lockout, it seemed the new economics of the NHL were finally working in the favour of smaller Canadian teams. But as TSN's Dave Naylor writes, has it been the same case for Canada's smallest NHL markets in the years that have followed?

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