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Daily Links for Sunday, April 25

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To save money next year, the Bruins will put this wax statue of Claude Julien behind the bench.

Game 6 is still a day away, and we have good news on Thomas Vanek here in the links. This series definitely isn't over yet, so stay focused, stay positive, and keep growing those playoff beards or Millerstaches.

Sabres Meet at HSBC while Vanek Skates with Youngsters - WGR 550
A practice report from Pat Malacaro.

Myers and Ennis are in this together - The Buffalo News
The two kids are old friends, you know. Tyler Myers and Tyler Ennis met a few years ago at an NHL rookie orientation camp and quickly realized they were joined by more than their first names.

Recharged Sabres ready for B’s - The Globe and Mail
Friday’s convincing 4-1 victory helps boost morale for Buffalo ahead of Beantown rematch on Monday.

NHL rescinds automatic suspension for Bruins' Zdeno Chara -
The National Hockey League announced today that it has rescinded the automatic one-game suspension for Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.

More Sabres Links:

Vanek scrimmages Saturday -
It’s unknown when and if the Sabres will get leading goal-scorer Thomas Vanek back this season, but he was able to skate on Saturday.

Lindy Ruff, Claude Julien Engaged in War of Words Over Zdeno Chara -
Everyone's favorite NESN writer, James Murphy, recaps the coaches' verbal barbs and offers some opinion as well.

Feeling is, there was a lack of emotion - The Boston Globe
The Bruins didn't show enough heart in Game 5 for Kevin Dupont's liking.

Respect ‘The Recching Ball’ - THN
Few players can be key contributors with four decades behind them, but even at age 42, Boston's Mark Recchi provides a spark.

Choosing Hope - Top Shelf
The life of a sports fan is tumultuous, but Heather wouldn't have it any other way.

4/23 Recap: Kassian's Spits order game seven -
Zack Kassian was +1 with a fighting major (and a doozy of one as well - video included) was his Spitfires forced a Game 7 with a 6-4 win over Kitchener.



Penguins rally, eliminate Ottawa with Game 6 OT win -
Pascal Dupuis scored 9:56 into overtime to give the Penguins a series-clinching 4-3 victory over the Senators in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Capitals could make lineup changes for Game 6 -
An ineffective Tomas Fleischmann could find himself watching in Game 6, as Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau hinted lineup changes could be imminent.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2009-10 New Jersey Devils - Puck Daddy
The eliminated NJ Devils are eulogized by Travis and Ben from Broad Street Hockey, which is our resident Flyers' site. Very nice work here fellas.

Eric Belanger takes high stick, plays dentist on himself - Puck Daddy
Dude lost seven teeth on Friday night, and pulled one out himself. Not for the faint of mouth.



Predators fall to Blackhawks 5-4 -
Patrick Kane forced overtime with a shorthanded goal in the final minute of regulation, and Marian Hossa potted the game-winner in the extra period, as the Hawks rallied to beat the Predators, 5-4, Saturday to take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal.


Around the NHL:

Afinogenov plays pickup hockey -
The first name on the sign-in sheet for Tuesday night's adult pick-up hockey at the Pelham Ice Rink had to be a joke, right? "What idiot signed in as Maxim Afinogenov?" the next guy in line wanted to know.Turns out, the "idiot" actually was Afinogenov.

Intangibles - Behind The Net
What are they, and why does everyone use them as an excuse after the fact?

Payroll size still a factor in cap era, but a few teams thrive on a budget -
The first time the Nashville Predators made the playoffs in 2004, their payroll was $23 million and their opponent, the Detroit Red Wings, had a payroll close to $80 million.

The art of the celebration - The Globe and Mail
When a goal goes in, a stick – or a fist – goes up.

Drink up, boys - The Globe and Mail
A fascinating article about what a player's body goes through during a multiple-overtime game.