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Happy Friday! Despite the Sabres loss to Boston last night, they are still in the hunt for the #2 seed with New Jersey also losing last night to Florida, so keep that chin up and try not to cry too much this weekend. After the break, we have some news on the Frozen Four games played last night and a recap of the festivities surrounding the last regular season game played at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena before it closes this summer.

Bruins survive duel with Sabres 3-1 - Stanley Cup of Chowder
A recap from our friendly friends at SCoC.

Hecht out till playoffs - Sabres Edge
For those who missed it yesterday, Jochen Hecht will sit for a few games.

This should be surprising to nobody who's watched the Sabres' last few games. The kid's a point-per-game in the NHL, for crying out loud!

Around the NHL:

Bowman wary of Red Wings in playoffs - Faceoff
Coaching legend Scotty Bowman breaks down the entire Western Conference and loves Detroit thanks to their great defensemen and goaltending.

Mother of Dallas Stars' Mike Modano wants one more year from son - ESPN Dallas
If Mike Modano's mother has her way, the face of the Dallas Stars' franchise will play again next year. With the recent announcement of Keith Tkachuk retiring, we have to keep at least one old American forward in the league.

Hurricanes to host 2011 NHL All-Star Game -
The Carolina Hurricanes will host the 2011 NHL All-Star Game at RBC Center, the NHL announced in a press release that excited exactly no one.

Kiss your productivity goodbye with Oilers draft lottery simulator - Puck Daddy
All the excitement of selecting the team that receives the first pick in the draft - now in your home!


Mellon Arena Closing:

Lemieux's Accomplishments Dominate Top Mellon Arena Moments - NHL FanHouse
Yesterday was the final game in Mellon Arena, aka The Igloo, home of the Pittsburgh Triangles of the World Team Tennis League (oh, and the Penguins too) and Fanhouse takes a look back at some of its best moments.

Mario turned the Igloo into his Super dome - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
More Mellon/Civic Arena memories.

More Than 50 Former Pittsburgh Penguins Help Celebrate Final Regular-Season Game at Mellon Arena - Pittsburgh Penguins
More Than 50 Former Pittsburgh Penguins Help Celebrate Final Regular-Season Game at Mellon Arena. Also included here is a pretty well-done montage of the Pens in the Igloo.


Frozen Four:

Wisconsin routs RIT in Frozen Four semifinal - ESPN
Wisconsin scored in the opening minutes of the first two periods and went on to rout Rochester Institute of Technology 8-1 in the Frozen Four on Thursday night at Ford Field.

Boston College rips Miami (Ohio), rolls to hockey title game - ESPN
Boston College broke it open in the third period to beat Miami of Ohio and advance to the national championship game.

Local talent Brent Alexin talks about his impossible run with RIT this season to the Frozen Four, which ended last night.