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Daily Links for Thursday, March 17

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Funny, I struck this same pose in a musical once. Just without all the padding.
Funny, I struck this same pose in a musical once. Just without all the padding.

While we're still waiting for another two days for the Buffalo Sabres to play again, I hear that some other sports tournament is starting today. Our last link after the break is a single March Madness link, because it was so good I just couldn't pass it up.

With television ratings on MSG up 20% since February 22, the Buffalo Sabres today announced they will begin airing a 30-minute pre-game show for every home and away telecast starting this Saturday when Buffalo hosts the Atlanta Thrashers.

Time to crank up the tenacity - The Buffalo News
Twelve games remaining, six teams in the hunt and, for now, two spots are available in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Requesting the Highest of Fives - Sabre Kallisions
Turns out the internet can still be used for evil, especially when the Sabres are taking fan requests for songs to play in the arena.

3/15 Recap: Pysyk scraps as Oil Kings romp -
Mark Pysyk fights!

Playoff Push:

Leafs stun struggling 'Canes in 3-1 loss -
Dion Phaneuf scored two goals, both on the power play, and helped the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, Wednesday night in Raleigh, N.C.


NHL News:

Day 3 of meetings sees GMs discuss replay expansion -
On the final day of their meetings, the League's GMs looked into expanding video replay and the legality of the spin-o-rama on shootouts.

Brendan Shanahan expects NHL all-star draft to continue - The Globe and Mail
Man who came up with concept says format likely to be part of Ottawa game next season

Sharks' Heatley suspended for two games -
San Jose Sharks forward Dany Heatley has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $80,645.16 in salary for delivering an elbow to the head of Dallas Stars player Steve Ott.

What St. Louis Blues ‘for sale’ sign means for next season - Puck Daddy
Checketts announced on Wednesday that the team, its AHL affiliate and Scottrade Center are for sale after attempts to broker a deal with majority owners TowerBrook Capital Partners and new investors didn't materialize.


NCAA Tournament:


NCAA Tournament Seed Personalities, Part 2: Analyzing 8-1's Historical March Madness Performance -
Wild proposition: in the NCAA Tournament, there is no Kansas, Louisville, or Belmont. There are no teams, there are only seeds, each with a distinct personality. In Part 1, we interview seeds 8 through 1.