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Today we're back with a belly full of delicious links. Check after the break for Jaroslav Halak's amazing journey, ESPN giving props to Buffalo sports fans, and debate on who should take the Devils coaching job.

Gleason: Tough series exposes cracks in foundation -The Buffalo News
Mike Grier has been through enough playoff series in his career to understand what it takes to win them, so it was hardly surprising after the game Monday to see him sitting at his locker and facing reality.

It hurt just to watch Thomas Vanek try to walk and skate in the week preceding his return to the lineup for Monday's Game 6.

Brown, Green, Miller are Foundation finalists -
Brown, Green and Ryan Miller are finalists for the NHL Foundation Award in recognition of their many charitable efforts away from the rink.

More Sabres News:

Ennis overcomes sizable odds - The Globe and Mail
The pint-sized forward, who persevered to make the NHL, lead the Sabres in playoff scoring.

Top 5 things we learned this week - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun talks about all the playoff series and gives a special shout-out to Buffalo fans.

Top 6 Reasons: The Sabres lost to the Bruins - Joe From NYC
Forget Top 5, Joe gives us 6 reason why Buffalo lost this series. You've heard them already, but there's some lengthy analysis here.

Video: Three Defining Moments of Sabres Demise - Buffalo Sports Daily
You can probably guess what these three moments are, but if you're a real masochist, join Patrick Moran for a trip down Nightmare Lane.

What We Should Have Done - The Willful Caboose
Some imaginary but helpful dialogs for next season.


East Playoffs:

Who is that masked man? - The Globe and Mail
Those who have known him all along the way say Halak’s rise from the bottom of the draft to the top of the league has been one of the NHL’s best untold stories.

Here We Go Again... - Japers' Rink
A look ahead to Game 7 of the Capitals/Canadiens series.

Flyers' Laperriere likely to miss the remainder of the playoffs -
It appears as though the Philadelphia Flyers have lost another key cog in their quest for the Stanley Cup.

Savard cleared to play -
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has just announced that center Marc Savard has fully recovered from a concussion and has been cleared to play.


West Playoffs:

Old-time hockey - Chicago Tribune
Steve Rosenbloom thinks we're going to have a "Slap Shot"-like series.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2009-10 Nashville Predators - Puck Daddy
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mourn the loss of the Nashville Predators. Yes, they are a real NHL team. I promise.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2009-10 Los Angeles Kings - Puck Daddy
Bye bye, LA.


The Rest:

Jacques Lemaire Retires - What He Did as Coach of the New Jersey Devils & What Next - In Lou We Trust
Upon announcement of his retirement this week, ILWT provides a reaction and summary of Jacques Lemaire's coaching in 2009-10 while providing a few thoughts on possible replacements.

Senators caught between the cap and hard place -
The Sens probably won't be able to afford to resign 28-year old defenseman Anton Volchenkov. Interested?

The NHL partners with Facebook - Down Goes Brown
The NHL recently announced that it had integrated Facebook with, and DGB investigates some of the more relevant NHL specifics.