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1/2 of The Amazing Tylers, seen here.
1/2 of The Amazing Tylers, seen here.

The Buffalo Sabres try to stave off elimination once again in Game 6 tonight at 7pm. I think we can all agree that if they play with as much heart as they did in Game 5, we'll be looking at a winner-takes-all showdown on Wednesday. Go Buffalo!

Watching T.V. - Sabres Edge
At some point Monday, after Thomas Vanek tests his injured left ankle yet again, the Buffalo Sabres' left winger will limp over to the coach's office for a chat with Lindy Ruff. "He knocks on my door tomorrow and says 'I’m ready,' he’s playing," Ruff said today.

Hope glows brighter with Game Five win - The Buffalo News
A hodgepodge of news, updates, and quotes to get you ready for Game 6.

Grier’s effort is a cut above - The Boston Globe
The sacrifice Mike Grier made to help the Sabres stave off elimination in Game 5 last night against the Bruins was evident in the form of a five-stitch cut behind his left ear.

More Sabres Links:

Sabres at Bruins Game 6 Preview - NHL.com
The usual preview from NHL.com.

Gamesmanship lost on Sobotka - The Globe and Mail
Boston Bruins centre shrugs at shot from Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.

Marc Savard Antsy to Get Back on Ice, But Return Not Urgent - NESN.com
Marc Savard stayed on the ice with the "Black Aces" (the extra players teams carry during the playoffs) after practice Sunday as he keeps building his case to be back in the lineup.

Crawford named Kaminsky runner-up - SabresProspects.com
Nick Crawford of the Barrie Colts has finished second in voting for the Max Kaminsky Trophy, awarded annually to the OHL's top defenseman.

 

East:

Will Habs play Jekyll or Hyde? - The Globe and Mail
Montreal and Washington both have consistency issues heading into Monday's night's Game 6 encounter.

Sens take more good than bad after elimination - sportsnet.ca
When the Senators gather one last time Monday morning to clear out the dressing room, they'll carry more than just their sticks and equipment into the summer months.

SENS WORKING HARD TO KEEP VOLCHENKOV - TSN
Anton Volchenkov, Andy Sutton and Matt Cullen are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1. In Volchenkov's case, NHL general managers are waiting for free agency with tongues wagging.

Flyers playing the playoff waiting game - The Globe and Mail
After almost missing the postseason, Philadelphia finds itself on extended vacation after dumping NJ in five games.

 

West:

Canucks oust Kings on late Daniel Sedin goal - NHL.com - Recap
Daniel Sedin scored late in the third period to give the Canucks a 4-2 win over the Kings and advance to round 2 of the playoffs.

Bryzgalov, Coyotes force a seventh game - NHL.com
Keith Yandle and Taylor Pyatt both had two points, while Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves, as the Coyotes beat the Red Wings, 5-2, Sunday to force a Game 7 Tuesday night in Phoenix.

No suspension for Hossa's hit - NHL.com
The National Hockey League announced Sunday it will not take any further action related to a late-game hit by Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa on Nashville Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2009-10 Colorado Avalanche - Puck Daddy
Another eulogy for a team knocked out of the playoffs. WARNING: Multiple Rocky IV references.

 

Around the NHL:

American goalie drawing attention from NHL scouts - USATODAY.com
If some team moves up in the 2010 NHL draft, I wouldn't be surprised if it's to grab USA goalie Jack Campbell.

Leafs lose much more than second overall pick for Kessel - THN
Many Toronto fans are hanging their heads over losing the chance at Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall, but what about the other two draft picks?

2009-2010 NHL Attendance & Television Ratings - From The Rink
A look inside the ratings and attendance for the NHL this season. Some traditionally strong markets have seen a slight drop, but the overall outlook is strengthening.