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Daily Links for Sunday, May 9

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Happy Mother's Day! Make sure you take a moment from watching hockey today and thank the lady who helped put you on this Earth, and nurtured you into the lovable hockey die-hard you are today. Thanks, Mom!

World Championships Kick Off in Germany - Raw Charge
If you need a primer to the IIHF World championships, among which there are many Sabres players and prospects participating, Raw Charge has a pretty good one.

What hockey in front of 77,803 fans looks like in Germany - Puck Daddy
Team USA lost its first game against Germany 2-1 in the IIHF World Championship.

End of Season Report Card: Derek Roy and Tim Connolly - Sabre Noise
If you just can't wait for our alphabetical list, Tim has the top two point scorers on his report card.

East:

Pens grab series lead with 2-1 victory in Game 5 - NHL.com
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 of 33 shots as the Penguins held off a late Montreal charge to take Game 5, 2-1.

Injury to Gill leaves Habs down another defenseman - NHL.com
The Montreal Canadiens may have lost another defenseman. Hal Gill went down with an injury in Game 5 and may not be able to play Monday night.

Bruins looking to shut the Flyers down - The Globe and Mail
Philadelphia hopes Friday's win marks the start a resurgence.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma helps set tone for team - ESPN
There's no better person to set the right tone for a challenge than Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma.

 

West:

Sharks advance with 2-1 win over Detroit in Game 5 - NHL.com
The longest-tenured member of the San Jose Sharks put his team in the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night.

Luongo hopes to shave the day - The Globe and Mail
Playoff beard is history in an attempt by Canucks’ goalie to shake things up. Sacrilege.

Lack of discipline once again costs Canucks - NHL.com
A parade of penalties made the Canucks' two home games vs. Chicago nightmares.

Detroit is old, and one win won't change that - The Columbus Dispatch
The Detroit Red Wings finally appeared in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal. Thanks for coming. Watch the door on the way out.

San Jose Sharks finding playoff adversity is a plus - SI.com
San Jose, once the chokers, now feed off adversity.

 

The Rest:

Depth - Hockey or Die
How important is depth, especially when injuries are multiplied?

GM Of The Year - KuklasKorner
The NHL has another award which it has no clue how to decide its winner with the GM of the Year award.

The Impossible Dream of Good NHL Refereeing - About.com
Every Stanley Cup Playoff game delivers a fat file of new evidence in the case against NHL referees.

Why the NHL isn't big in the USA - THN
It's not about the refs, it's not about TV coverage and it's not even about the NHL: hockey isn't a natural fit in most places south of the 49th parallel.