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Daily Links for Sunday, May 16

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Group hug.
Group hug.

Hey everybody, we've got plenty of news on Boston's historic collapse today, if only because I love typing things like "Boston's Historic Collapse" at any opportunity.

How the final four in hockey are killing one of the Sabres excuses - Joe from NYC Blog
The sound of pages getting turned and PR people spinning rhetoric is making its way to the HSBC Arena.

Odds & Ends: Southorn talking; Tropp on the way? -
Kris gives us an update on a bushel of different Sabres prosepcts.


Historic Gaffe Comes Back to Haunt Bruins in Gut-Wrenching Game 7 Loss -
Remember 1979, anyone? On May 10 of that year, in the conference finals against Montreal, the Bruins were whistled for the same infraction that led to Canadiens Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur's game-tying, power-play goal.

The choke to end all chokes - Sabres Edge
Water. Water. Water. I'm ch-ch-ch-oking.

Bottom line: No excuses - The Boston Globe
Julien says team blew all of its opportunities.

A chance to change, but a familiar ending - The Boston Globe
Dan Shaughnessy says that only the Bruins could lose a 3-0 lead twice in the same series.

‘It's easy to hate the Flyers,’ Canadiens’ Gill says - The Globe and Mail
Habs-Flyers series seen as a battle of the league's two biggest playoff Cinderella teams



Preview: 10 facts about (1) San Jose vs. (2) Chicago - Puck Daddy
The No. 1 seed San Jose Sharks and the No. 2 seed Chicago Blackhawks begin their Western Conference final series on Sunday afternoon in San Jose. Here are 10 facts you should know about this series.

Niemi driving Blackhawks - The Globe and Mail
Finnish goaltender has come a long way since he replaced Huet for No. 1 in March

Five things to watch for in Game 1 of the Chicago-San Jose series - looks at five key areas that could decide Game 1 of the Western Finals.


The Rest:

Hall scores twice as Windsor routs Brandon in Memorial Cup opener -
Taylor Hall scored twice as Windsor started defense of its Memorial Cup with a 9-3 rout of host Brandon.

Calgary rallies to beat Moncton at Memorial Cup -
Tyler Shattock capped Calgary's three-goal rally late in the third period by scoring with 1:18 remaining to give the Hitmen a 5-4 win over Moncton on Saturday in the Memorial Cup opener for both teams in Brandon, Man.