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It's Game Three tonight at 7pm as the Sabres travel to Boston and try to retake the series lead. We have a weird variety of articles today, from double-Jerry-Sullivan to inside info on arena organists. Enjoy, and let's go Buffalo!

Sullivan: Resilient Bruins give Sabres lesson in desperation - The Buffalo News
The playoffs are an entirely different season, a time when you toss records into the trash and wait for the Stanley Cup performers to emerge.

Sullivan: Connolly must step up in Game Three - The Buffalo News
With Vanek out, Connolly must be the premier offensive player for Buffalo.

'No Way' Johnny Boychuk Tried to Hurt Sabres Sniper Thomas Vanek in Game 2 -
In case you missed it, this is the article that got everyone's blood boiling yesterday.

More Sabres Links:

Bruins now have the advantage at home -
Thanks to the coveted road split, the Boston Bruins now have the home-ice edge against Buffalo, starting Monday in Game 3.

Gleason: Sabres fooling themselves with their nonchalance - The Buffalo News
The series is tied but logic would suggest the Bruins returned home with the better team and momentum after two games in Buffalo.

Ryder's riding a hot streak - The Boston Globe
There is no debate about Michael Ryder’s underwhelming regular season, in which he netted 18 goals in 82 games. But there is also no debate about how he performed in the Bruins’ 5-3 win.

Chara’s hit a benchmark moment - The Boston Globe
The Bruins’ postseason fortunes began to change slightly, almost imperceptibly, when Zdeno Chara air-mailed one of the Sabres’ tiniest dancers, 5-foot-9-inch Tyler Ennis, toward the Boston bench.

Luke Adam impresses in first pro game - Buffalo Sports Daily
Adam, Buffalo’s second round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, certainly didn’t look out of place on Saturday night. Adam registered the first shot of the game for the Portland Pirates and nearly picked up his first AHL assist in the second period.

Organists Unite! - The Willful Caboose
If you want the latest insider info on NHL organists, check this out. Articles like this are why The Willful Caboose is quickly becoming a must-read blog for me.


Eastern Conference Playoffs:

Penguins beat Ottawa 4-2 -
Sidney Crosby and Bill Guerin each recorded a goal and an assist as the Penguins took a 2-1 series lead with a 4-2 victory over the Senators Sunday in Ottawa.

Flyers take down Devils 3-2 in OT -
Dan Carcillo scored at 3:35 of the first overtime, as the Flyers beat the Devils, 3-2, Sunday in Philadelphia, giving them a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.

Carcillo happy to get it done the ugly way -
More often than not, overtime is about the ugly goal. Well, Dan Carcillo specializes in ugly for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Title defense sees Crosby stronger than ever -
Stanley Cup defenses aren’t easy, but Sidney Crosby is making the game look simple right now.

Capitals will really cruise if Green, Semin get on board - The Hockey News
Despite escaping with a Game 2 win, Washington would really be rolling if two of their stars weren't struggling... and is it time for Carey Price?

Pressure shifts from Caps to Habs - The Globe and Mail
After Saturday's 6-5 come-from-behind win by Washington the heat is now off the shoulders of heavy favourites and back on underdog Montreal


Western Conference Playoffs:


Avs prevail thanks to Anderson, fluke OT goal -
Ryan O'Reilly was credited with the OT winner after three scoreless periods, while Craig Anderson made 51 saves for the Avalanche in a 1-0 victory over the Sharks in Game 3.


Hawks get even with 2-0 win over Predators -
Antti Niemi stopped 23 shots for his first career playoff shutout as the Hawks evened up their series with a 2-0 victory over the Predators in Game 2.

Coyotes regain edge on Wings with 4-2 win
Petr Prucha and Radim Vrbata each tallied two points, as the Coyotes beat the Red Wings, 4-2, Sunday at Joe Louis Arena to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal.

Video: Dan Boyle's gaffe completes Anderson's classic night - Puck Daddy
An unbelievably flukey own goal by Dan Boyle puts the Sharks down 2-1 in the series.

Bad penalties catch up to Canucks in Game 2 overtime loss to Kings - The Hockey News
A too many men on the ice penalty was the icing on the cake for the Kings to even the series; and also matchups and players to watch.

Playoff grind taxing Canucks, Kings - The Globe and Mail
Long games, short benches and feverish pace of first two games will have an impact on the playoff road of the eventual series winner

The new Kings of L.A. -
L.A. no longer deals the future for past stars and the Kings' future has never looked brighter.