Daily Links For Thursday June 2nd

VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 01: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins makes a save against the Vancouver Canucks during game one of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Rogers Arena on June 1, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals produced an exciting last minute finish and Kevin Dineen's press conference with the Panthers may have provided a clue in the next Sabres AHL affiliate. 

Sabres and Portland

As Dineen exits, Sabres closer to AHL decision - Sabres & NHL - The Buffalo News
Before the Buffalo Sabres can hire a minor-league coach, they need to determine where their minor-league team will play. That decision should come within a few weeks.

Could the Pirates and Panthers unite in the future | Maine Hockey Journal

With the former head coach in Florida, the possibility of the Panthers just swapping with Buffalo is starting to look more likely. 

Stanley Cup Finals

For Thomas, last shot was indescribably painful - The Boston Globe
It looked as if Tim Thomas would extend his playoff shutout streak to an impressive six periods, when the unthinkable happened

Luongo shutout shows no margin for error
It took until the first question for Roberto Luongo to be reminded of his old nemesis Dustin Byfuglien.

Video: Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron, might face suspension | ProHockeyTalk
Alex Burrows is probably primed for a suspension after biting Patrice Bergeron at the end of the first period of Game 1.

Burrows Bruins overbite "classless"
They won the opener of the Stanley Cup final, but the Canucks may have lost two key players for Game 2. 

Other News and Notes

Shanahan Replacing Campbell as N.H.L.'s Chief Disciplinarian - NYTimes.com
Colin Campbell will step down before next season after 13 years in the job, with the Mike Shanahan, a 22-year playing veteran, taking over.

Oiler Brule gave lift to hitchhiking Bono
Edmonton Oiler Gilbert Brule and his girlfriend picked up an unusual hitchhiker in West Vancouver.

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