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Daily Links for Thursday, March 10

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As the season winds down to a close and the playoff race gets ever tighter, I'll be updating the links every day with the results from the Sabres playoff race. Wanna know how the 'Canes, Rangers, and Leafs did last night, and how it affects the Sabres playoff chances? Then check after the break every morning!

Vanek Back At Practice - WGR 550
The Sabres practiced Wednesday on the campus of Boston University and had forward Thomas Vanek back on the ice. Vanek missed Tuesday's loss to Pittsburgh with the flu.

Steve Montador Comments On The Chara Hit - WGR 550
Sabres' defenseman Steve Montador was watching his ex-teammate Zdeno Chara Tuesday night play against the Montreal Canadiens and like most hockey fans, was stunned by the hit that Chara laid on Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens. 

Pirates climbing back near top -
The Portland Pirates are finishing the season very strong.

On Frozen Pond - The Miami Herald
Tim Kennedy had been a member of the Florida Panthers for just over a day when he slipped on his game uniform and joined his teammates at center ice of the BankAtlantic Center Wednesday afternoon for the annual team picture.

Playoff Update:

Thrashers beat 'Canes 3-2 in OT -
By earning the single point (of course) the Hurricanes have tied the Sabres for eighth place.

Ducks rip Rangers 5-2 -
The Sabres can tie the Rangers for seventh place tonight with a win at Boston.


NHL News:

Pacioretty tells TSN he is 'disgusted' at lack of suspension - TSN
Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty spoke to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie from his hospital room on Wednesday evening about the injury that he suffered against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

Zdeno Chara ruling all about separating 'the result' from 'the act' - ESPN
This is why every single incident in the NHL is like a tiny, perfect snowflake.

Rock'em Sock'em hockey not so fun anymore - The Globe and Mail
Charra's hit comes at a dangerous place on the ice.

Richards back for Stars -
After missing 10 games, Dallas All-Star center Brad Richards returned to the Stars when they hosted the Calgary Flames last night.

Which teams will tumble in standings due to shootout crutch? - Puck Daddy
If two teams were tied in points, the first tie-breaker would be the number of regulation and overtime victories, with shootout wins excluded in the totals.