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Tonight we've got to bring Boston to their knees.
Tonight we've got to bring Boston to their knees.

Happy Friday everyone. I know things look bleak for the Sabres, being down 3-1 and all, so I'm simply going to leave you with my mindset for the day, courtesy of Mr. Philip J. Fry: "You can't give up hope just because it's hopeless! You gotta hope even more, and cover your ears and go 'bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla!" Go Buffalo.

Sabres doing their best to keep the faith - The Buffalo News
All that really remains for the Buffalo Sabres is a big batch of hope. As in, hope their top players finally show up. Hope their special teams improve overnight.

Craig Rivet was once down 3-1 against Boston, and he came back to win the series (with the help of his 2004 Montreal Canadiens teammates.) 

Who I voted for and why - The Hockey News
Adam Proteau presents to you his awards ballot and explains his thought process behind why he chose who he did for each trophy. I think over the past week the Sabres have proved why Ryan Miller should win the Hart - would we have finished higher than 10th in the East without him?

Myers, Duchene, Howard named Calder finalists -
In case you missed it yesterday.

More Sabres Links:

Gleason: Ruff should have blamed missed chances - The Buffalo News
Lindy Ruff's wallet could be a few bucks lighter after he's finished paying a fine for criticizing the officials, but you could understand his frustration after the game Wednesday.

On The Brink - The Goose's Roost
Chris remembers the last time the Sabres trailed in a playoff series - it was 2007 against the Ottawa Senators. Looking back at how we felt then, all you can say is that the more things change...

Not Over Yet... - Hockey Night in Buffalo
Caroline gives us a compelling reason to have faith in the Sabres: why not?

Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard hopes to begin contact drills - ESPN Boston
Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard skated with the team for a fourth consecutive day and believes he has been cleared for contact after meeting with a doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday morning.

Right time for Julien to flip switch - The Boston Globe
For the second time in the series, Bruins coach Claude Julien last night flip-flopped Milan Lucic and Daniel Paille. For the second time, the switch played a significant part in a Boston victory.

One skater too many - The Globe and Mail
There’s a fine line between doing too much coaching and not doing enough - a line that was crossed early and often in these playoffs.



Flyers eliminate Devils with 3-0 win in Game 5 -
Brian Boucher made 27 saves in a shutout performance, and Claude Giroux added two goals and an assist, as the Flyers beat the Devils, 3-0, Thursday to win their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, 4-1.

Senators beat Penguins 4-3 in triple overtime -
Matt Carkner scored 7:06 into the third overtime as the Senators earned a 4-3 victory over the Penguins to force a Game 6 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Senators must re-sign Anton Volchenkov - The Hockey News
An unrestricted free agent at season's end, Anton Volchenkov is the centerpiece of the defense and must be held onto.



Blackhawks shutout Predators 3-0 -
Antti Niemi stopped all 30 shots and Patrick Sharp scored twice as Chicago toppled Nashville, 3-0, in Game 4.

Is this Lidstrom’s last run? - The Globe and Mail
Rumours of retirement surface as Detroit’s decorated defenceman nears 40.

10 reasons to plot a Canucks conspiracy - The Hockey News
There was a lot of uproar after the Canucks fell behind the Kings 2-1 in their series Monday night, so why did the league let them back in it Wednesday?


Around the NHL:

Women and the game of hockey, Part I - From The Rink
There aren't a lot of women who are hockey fans, but the ones who are have some definite opinions. So what happens when you get a group of them together to answer a few hockey questions?