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Happy Friday, everyone, and oh what a happy Friday it is! With Buffalo defeating Boston last night 2-1, they became the only Eastern Conference team to hold seed. Dang if these playoffs aren't completely wide open after two days full of tight games, overtime, and upsets. Buffalo hits the ice again on Saturday at 1pm.

Sabres edge Bruins 2-1 in Game 1 - Stanley Cup of Chowder
A recap from our friends at SCoC.

From the locker room: Lindy and Vanek - Sabres Edge
Audio clips of the sniper and the coach after the Game One victory.

Vanek continues late-season revival - The Buffalo News
This is the Thomas Vanek who spent the first half of last season on a 60-goal pace, the sniper who can make a difference in a tight game.

Why no love for the Buffalo Sabres? - ESPN
I bet there's plenty more after last night's win!

More Buffalo-Boston Links:

Sabres beat Bruins 2-1 -
Craig Rivet's second period goal proved to be the game-winner, as Ryan Miller stopped 38 shots leading the Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Bruins in Game 1.

Decadent NHL Playoff Preview: Buffalo (3) vs. Boston (6) - Puck Daddy
A long and delicious playoff preview made totally worth it for the Photoshopped picture of Tallinder at the end.

Sabres' Miller padding his resume - The Buffalo News
It's in his eyes and attitude, his words and actions. Basically, it's in everything he does. Ryan Miller has a desire to be elite, a hunger to be champion.

Gleason: What's a little animosity between old friends? - The Buffalo News
It took what, less time than it takes to slurp half a beer for the Sabres and Bruins to return to playoff hockey, circa 1980s?

Lots of Positives for Bruins to Draw on in Game 1 Loss to Sabres -
The Bruins played perhaps their best 20 minutes of hockey all season when they absolutely took it to the Sabres in the second period of their 2-1 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night.

Ryan Miller: Did Rask Really “Get the Better” of Him? - Double Edged Sabres
In compiling the Playoff Prognostication page, I've notice one compelling notion amongst those picking against Buffalo.

Rask is unflappable in his first NHL playoff game -
The Bruins' rookie goalie turned in a more-than-respectable performance in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, despite the fact that he took the loss in Buffalo's 2-1 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Sabres notebook: Sekera gets first call for playoffs - The Buffalo News
Andrej Sekera got his chance to play in the Olympics before he hit the ice in a Stanley Cup playoff game.

Penalty Kill Save Percentage - The Copper & Blue
A look at which playoff goalies had a strong PK save percentage this season and might be expected to regress in the playoffs. Ryan Miller had the highest PK Save % among starting playoff goalies.

Stolen goods - The Boston Globe
On June 24, 2006, the Toronto Maple Leafs committed a once-in-a-generation flub when they swapped Tuukka Rask to the Bruins (I wouldn't go that far, but, hey, it's Fluto's blurb)

Craig Ramsay taken from arena in ambulance - Sabres Edge
Some troubling news for Boston, though Ramsey has stated that he's "OK".


Eastern Conference Playoffs:

Canadiens shock Capitals 3-2 in OT -
I give the Caps one more game before everyone starts jumping ship.

Habs stars come to play, while Ovechkin & Co. do not - ESPN
Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals obviously haven't woken up from their cakewalk of a march into the postseason, and the Canadiens took advantage in Thursday's Game 1.

Senators Lose Michalek For Playoffs - Sporting News
Michalek has a torn ACL that will require surgery and put him out until training camp next year.

Picking the Pens -
Ian Mendes may want to reconsider this article, especially the "Fleury Has Arrived" section.

Rangers lost berth to Flyers, but shootout belongs in NHL playoffs -
Could it be, that some day we'll actually see a shootout in the playoffs? Although I can see the other side of the argument, I hope not.


Western Conference Playoffs:

Canucks thwart Kings 3-2 in OT -
Mikael Samuelsson scored the overtime winner as Vancouver held off the feisty Kings for a 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

Kings’ Dean Lombardi sees remodeling project start to take shape - Los Angeles Times
Dean Lombardi wasn't exactly warned against becoming Kings general manager four years ago. But he wasn't encouraged either.

How the Los Angeles Kings were built - The Globe and Mail
The NHL's original SoCal club was painstakingly put together through the draft.

Canucks Can Have As Much Sex As They Want - Deadspin
Vancouver's coach says players' sleep and nutrition are tightly controlled, but the sex is up to them.


Around the NHL:

Dark horse playoff performers - The Hockey News
Which under the radar player will breakout this year as guys like Chris Kontos and Fernando Pisani have done in the past?

Is this the year? - The Hockey News
At the start of the year questions were asked about certain players. With the regular season behind us now, Brian Duff looks back at what should have been asked.

NHL referees and linesmen gear up for the playoffs -
How do the refs get ready for the post-season? How are they paired?

Gustavsson agrees to two-year deal with Maple Leafs - TSN
Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has signed a two-year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs.