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Happy Friday everyone! I'm particularly excited for this Friday, but I have no idea why. I guess good things are just bound to happen over the next three days - hopefully for you and the Sabres as well.

Tim Connolly, Bane Of Western Civilization - Hockey or Die
With all the hate that Tim Connolly's been getting the past few days, Johnathan Willis reminds us that he is in fact a talented hockey player. Everyone just take a deep breath now....

BEYOND THE BOARDS: GROWING PAINS - Buffalo Sabres
Many things factored in to the Sabres being eliminated from the postseason, but what if the answer were a little more simple?

Sabres will need to sign backup for Miller - The Buffalo News
Darcy Regier had to know it was coming. He was in an informal chat about the Buffalo Sabres' backup goaltending plans for next season, and the name Martin Biron was thrust forth for consideration. The general manager just laughed.

SABRES SIGN NICK CRAWFORD - Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have signed defenseman Nick Crawford to a three-year entry level contract, in case you missed it yesterday.

East:

 

Habs square series with win over Pens in Game 4 - NHL.com
Jaroslav Halak stopped 33 shots, while Maxim Lapierre and Brian Gionta each scored in third period to give the Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the Penguins in Game 4.

 

Shorthanded Bruins put chokehold on Flyers in Game 3 - SI.com
Another game, another short bench for Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien. But what's that to the reigning Jack Adams award-winning coach?

Krejci injury cripples Bruins’ Cup hopes - MySouthEnd.com
David Krejci is done for the playoffs. NOW YOU KNOW OUR PAIN, BOSTON.

Savard’s Stick Pic Not Surprising - Backyard-Hockey.com
Google "Marc Savard" right this second and you’re bound to come up with a bunch of news stories that speak of ‘Bite-Gate’, or the non-story told by Flyers pest Dan Carcillo that claims that the Bruins’ forward bit his finger in a scrum. But there's a better story out there.

Gill shuts down opponents - The Globe and Mail
Jeers and ridicule come with the territory when you yourself are the size of a Canadian territory.

 

West:

 

Wings beat Sharks 7-1 - NHL.com
Johan Franzen set two Detroit records, scoring four goals in a 7-1 Red Wing thrashing of the Sharks, in Game 4 of their playoff series.

'No Show Joe' no more - The Globe and Mail
Say what you want about Thorton, there are few better at threading the needle than the St. Thomas, Ont. product.

Canucks' losing battles in front of both nets - NHL.com
The Vancouver Canucks know they are losing the battles in front of both nets vs. Chicago -- and hence the series.

Byfuglien unleashed, Blackhawks overwhelming - The Globe and Mail
Monstrous winger scores three goals to pace Chicago win over Canucks.

 

The Rest:

Ovi, Crosby, Sedin in running for Lindsay Award - 2010 NHL Awards
Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Henrik Sedin were named as finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the Most Outstanding Player, not to be confused with the MVP.

McPhee, Maloney and Poile in running for GM honor - 2010 NHL Awards
George McPhee of Washington, Don Maloney of Phoenix and David Poile of Nashville are the finalists for 2009-10 NHL General Manager of the Year

 Jacques Lemaire given Devils 'special assignment' post; minor league team moving to Albany - NJ.com
Although he still does not have an official title, Jacques Lemaire will remain with the Devils as a special assignment coach and scout.

Ovechkin leads defending champ Russia at worlds - Capitals Insider
While fans in D.C. continue to lament the Capitals' first-round exit from the playoffs, Alex Ovechkin has moved on to his next task: defending Russia's world title. 

Disgusting Miscreants Invade Our Fair City - Pension Plan Puppets
Toronto natives are not happy with bandwagon Habs fans.

Video: Worst Stanley Cup Playoff goals will bring you to tears - Puck Daddy
The top 10 worst playoff goals ever.