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Daily Links for Sunday, March 20

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If last night's game was an example of how the Sabres can play after three nights off, God help any team they face after four night of rest. Speaking of rest, though, the team won't get any as they face Nashville tonight at 5:00pm.

Predators pay rare visit to Buffalo -
NHL GameCenter Preview - Nashville Predators at Buffalo Sabres, March 20, 2011.

Thrashers Implode Against The Sabres, And That's Putting It Mildly - Bird Watchers Anonymous
The Thrashers imploded for eight goals tonight in a demoralizing defeat at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres.

Sabres' quest for postseason provides dominating rush - The Buffalo News
Buffalo couldn't have asked for a better response than the one it had Saturday. The Sabres did what Hasek did. They dominated.

Mancari exhales after scoring a goal - The Buffalo News
Mark Mancari is a scoring machine in the American Hockey League. He's been mostly a non-factor in the NHL. Same story this year. A career-high 32 goals and 64 points in Portland. No goals and one point in his first nine games with the Sabres.

Ennis dares to be patient with the puck - The Buffalo News
It's simply a matter of confidence, Tyler Ennis says. He believes he can create something whenever the puck is on his stick.

Hasek Back in Buffalo - The Goose's Roost
Former Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek was all smiles in his return to Buffalo.

The night #39 came home - Buffalo Wins
Thoughts on the Dominator returning to Buffalo.

Playoff Race:

Leafs beat Bruins 5-2 in Kaberle's return -
Nazem Kadri scored his first NHL goal, Joey Crabb added a goal and two assists, and the Toronto Maple Leafs rode an early scoring surge past the Boston Bruins, 5-2, on Saturday night.


NHL News:

Do Maple Leafs have enough left in tank for final playoff push? - Puck Daddy
There have 10 games left. They have 72 points, trailing the Buffalo Sabres by four for the eight seed but with the Sabres having two games in-hand. They're also four beyond the Carolina Hurricanes, who have also played 72 games.

Tomas Kaberle has 'mixed feelings' over Toronto return - The Globe and Mail
Long-time former Leaf faces his former team at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

Rangers, Penguins see improved health equal wins -
Two of the hottest teams in the East quare off when the Rangers travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins in NBC Sports' NHL Game of the Week.

Ovechkin, Capitals crushing NHL with new responsible, winning system - THN
At first it didn't seem like the Capitals' new philosophy was working, but the team has clearly made the turn at the right time.

Hockey at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference - TSN
After detailing my time last week at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference here, I had promised a look at more hockey-centric themes from the conference in a future blog. This is that stats-oriented stick-and-puck blog.