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Daily Links for Sunday, April 4th

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Good morning, and welcome to an abbreviated Easter Sunday version of the links. There wasn't much to get excited about last night, as Buffalo couldn't put anything together in a 3-0 loss to Montreal, but the good news is that since Ottawa lost, Buffalo's magic number to clinch the division is now 2 points. Now stop moping about last night and go enjoy this beautiful weather.

Sabres lose to Canadiens 3-0 - NHL.com
Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout as the Canadiens earned a 3-0 victory over the Sabres Saturday night in Montreal.

More needed from Stafford - Sabres Edge
3 points in the last 15 games is not cutting it for a guy whose only real talent is offense.

The puck stops here, there, everywhere - The Globe and Mail
With so many goalies at the top of their games, picking nominees for the Vezina Trophy – or the Hart – isn't easy, until you remember about Ryan Miller, that is.

Sewage, sulfur problems raise stink at HSBC Arena - The Buffalo News
In one of the weirder stories that actually relates to the Sabres, the city is planning on doing something about the smell around the HSBC Arena.

The Phoenix Coyotes Scratch The Seven Year Itch - The Copper & Blue
The Coyotes are back in the playoffs after seven long years. How will it impact their fans?

Puck Daddy chats with Max Afinogenov‏ about Kovalchuk, Atlanta's NHL future, Russia's Olympic flop and his comeback - Puck Daddy
Puck Daddy chats with Max Afinogenov about many things, including a bit about his time in Buffalo.

Icing Leaders, For and Against - Behind The Net
Buffalo is the third-best team at not icing the puck. I'm not doing an analysis of the last four years to see how this affects our playoff chances.