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Daily Links for Tuesday, April 27

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Today's links will be abbreviated. If you're like me, you don't really want to read much about the team for a bit, and if you're not, then I'm sure you have your own sources you'll check anyway. Since I'm lucky enough to have this unique podium to speak from, spare me the opportunity to say two things about the end of the season:

1. Take another day or two to think about this year as a whole. I know that everyone's pissed at 19, 9, 29, Darcy, Lindy, etc, but please sleep on it again before jumping to any harsh conclusions. There will be plenty of off-season to debate what the team should do with players and management.

2. I can only speak for myself, but thanks so much to everyone who's read and posted here on Die By The Blade this season. I know I haven't been here too long, but the Tyler Ennis-like community we've built (small but awesome) has made following this team a lot more fun. Stop in often during the rest of the playoffs and this off-season, as we already have some cool things planned for the next few months.

Regular long playoff links return tomorrow.

Battling to bitter end, Sabres bow to Bruins - The Buffalo News
The Buffalo Sabres never threw in the towel. In the end, the final moments of their season featured yellow ones waving all around them.

More Sabres Stuff:

They said it after Game Six - Sabres Edge
Some post game commentary in audio form.


Playoff Scores:

Blackhawks advance for rematch with Canucks -
After scoring four goals in the opening period, the Blackhawks held on for an eventual 5-3 series-clinching victory over the Predators in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

Halak’s 53 saves lead Habs to series-tying 4-1 win -
Jaroslav Halak made 53 saves as Montreal won, 4-1, forcing a Game 7 in their series with Washington.


The Rest:

Love letters and hate mail - THN
Notes to various players and teams around the NHL in regards to the incredible – and despicable – first round action we've seen. 

Video: Duncan Keith's liquid response to Predators fan taunting - Puck Daddy
Whether it's being taunted by the Canucks Green Men or tempted by Mitkini Girl or having a fan leap from the second row to assault you (Tie Domi only), the sin bin can be an uncomfortable place for the offending party.

NHL '11 to Feature Canadian Hockey League? - Kotaku
Sports radio in Calgary and a team's marketing employee are saying EA Sports' NHL 11 will feature teams from the OWHL, QMJHL, and WHL for the first time ever. Now you don't have to create Nick Crawford and Luke Adam, they'll already be in the game!