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Montador cheers the fact that Vanek just got 10 more hits to his blog.
Montador cheers the fact that Vanek just got 10 more hits to his blog.

The second round is now in full swing, but we've still got plenty of Sabres news for ya, as well as te best from around the NHL.

Tom's Blog - ThomasVanek.at
On his own site, Vanek blogs about his injury situation this year and what he hopes will happen next year.

Ryan Miller's Hart Trophy omission has foul odor - THN
No player was more key to his team's success than the Sabres No. 1 keeper and the fact he's not nominated for NHL MVP is absurd.

Mike Grier And The Stanley Cup Playoffs - WGR 550 SportsRadio
A love letter to Mike Grier.

More Sabres Stuff:

 Four prospects to watch in 2010-11 - THN
John Carlson, P.K. Subban, Tyler Ennis and Jonathan Bernier are four to keep an eye on next season in light of their NHL playoff performances.

Wrapping up The Three Amigos - Joe From NYC
Will the Sabres brass walk the walk this year with their offseason changes?

 

East Playoffs:

Savard nets OT goal in return as Bruins take Game 1 - NHL.com
Marc Savard scored the overtime winner in his first game back from injury to cap a 5-4 victory over the Flyers in Game 1 of their semifinal series.

Preview: 10 things to know about Boston (6) vs. Philadelphia (7) - Puck Daddy
Number 10 on this list has already come true.

Rested Penguins ready to pounce - The Globe and Mail
Defending Stanley Cup champions promise to ‘create a storm’ in the offensive zone.

Jordan Staal injured, but 'not out for playoffs' - NHL.com
Rumors about the severity of Jordan Staal's injury have been flying fast and furious since the big Pittsburgh center went down awkwardly after a collision with Montreal's PK Subban halfway through Friday night's Game 1.

Markov out indefinitely, returns to Montreal for treatment - TSN
The Canadiens confirmed Saturday that star defenceman Andrei Markov has returned to Montreal to receive treatment for an injury suffered Friday night in a Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Markov was checked cleanly into the boards by Penguins agitator Matt Cooke and fell awkwardly into the boards.

Would a new coach solve the Capitals playoff woes? - THN
After blowing a 3-1 lead to Montreal, there are plenty of questions that need to be answered in Washington, including if Boudreau is the right coach.

 

West Playoffs:

Canucks get jump on Hawks with 5-1 win in opener - NHL.com
Vancouver takes a 1-0 series lead.

Pavelski shines in postseason for Sharks - The Globe and Mail
The San Jose forward has seven goals in seven playoff games.

Vigneault says no surprises facing Hawks - The Globe and Mail
Canucks coach takes dead aim at Dustin Byfuglien, his team’s main antagonist during a postseason defeat last year.

Preview: 10 things to know about Chicago (2) vs. Vancouver (3) - Puck Daddy
If you haven't been watching the Western Conference playoffs, shame on you. Here's a preview to get you up to speed.

Sharks expect Marleau back for Game 2 against Red Wings - TSN
The San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings should be closer to full strength for Game 2 of their second-round playoff series. The Sharks are expecting their leading goal-scorer from the regular season back after Patrick Marleau missed Game 1 with an illness.