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Happy Friday, everyone! The second round has begun, but everyone in Buffalo (the writers, at least) are in full off-season mode. Check after the break for Timmy and Tyler playing in the 2010 IIHF World Championships, and some second round previews.

Miller laments that Sabres season ended too soon - Yahoo! Sports
Turns out Tim Connolly's injury at the end of the regular season was a broken foot. With the news about Rivet yesterday, I'm starting to wonder if half our team wasn't playing with broken/torn body parts. Stick tap to TEMSON for posting this yesterday.

Sabres turn focus forward - The Buffalo News
The Buffalo Sabres' captain was forced to acknowledge that this season is history, joining his teammates in cleaning out their lockers

2010 Free Agency Watch - Sabre Noise
The July 1st Free Agency deadline usually sees players leaving Buffalo in exodus; this year, there are not any major players that fans couldn't live without.

Crosby, Ovechkin, Henrik Sedin vie for Hart -
Crosby, Ovechkin and Sedin -- three of the most electrifying and highest-scoring players in the League -- will vie for the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP. Ryan Miller not included.

More Sabres Links:

Myers Named To Team Canada - WGR 550 SportsRadio
The Tower of Tyler will play for Team Canada in the 2010 IIHF World Championships against the much smaller Tim Kennedy.

Kennedy chosen for 2010 U.S. IIHF team - USA Hockey
USA Hockey announced today that 11 players have been added to the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship, May 7-23, in Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Mannheim, Germany. Our own Timmy Kennedy is one of them.

Gleason: Regier must weigh his options - The Buffalo News
The Sabres picked up the option year on Lindy Ruff's contract Wednesday, the first and easiest decision management made during the off-season.


East Playoffs:

Brooks Laich changes a tire after Game 7 - D.C. Sports Blog
On the way home from their Game 7 loss to Montreal, Caps defensemen Brooks Laich stopped on the side of the road and helped a fan change a tire - what a nice guy! Then Alex Ovechkin roared by them in a giant SUV and sprayed them with mud (not really)

Eulogy: Remembering the 2009-10 Washington Capitals - Puck Daddy
Pensblog buries the giant.

Can Alex Ovechkin still lead the Capitals after playoff upset -
The three top teams in Eastern Conference are gone after one round, and while the Devils and Sabres will be open to some criticism, the Capitals are living a nightmare. 

Habs look for more of the same against Pittsburgh - The Globe and Mail
Montreal under no illusions that it will need more yeoman efforts and unselfish play if it is to unseat another powerhouse

Montrealers believe in miracles - The Globe and Mail
Following an improbable, come-from-behind, seventh-game series win against a far superior opponent, Montreal Canadiens fans couldn't help but herald a little divine intervention


West Playoffs:


Pavelski's pair help Sharks beat Wings in opener -
Joe Pavelski scored twice and added an assist, as the San Jose Sharks held on for a 4-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of this Western Conference Semifinal Thursday.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2009-10 Phoenix Coyotes - Puck Daddy
Red Wings blogger Tyler Devereaux (great hockey name) buries the Coyotes.

Sharks vs. Red Wings blog -
Patrick Marleau has been scratched from Game One.


Best of the Rest:

The Hockey News 2009-10 Second Round Preview - THN
Another lengthy preview from THN.

Playing the 'what if' game - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek points out that one of every seed, first through eighth, advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs