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Daily Links for Wednesday, March 30

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As Mike Harrington pointed out last night, the Sabres have lost to the Leafs three times in a row, but have beaten Boston four times in a row. Which one do think is more indicative of the real Sabres?

Maple Leafs 4 v. Sabres 3: Job Done - Pension Plan Puppets
The Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 for their first trio of triumphs since 2002.

Rangers try to stay hot vs. Sabres -
NHL GameCenter Preview - New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres, March 30, 2011

The difference a year makes for Sabres - ESPN
Buffalo and Philadelphia have seemingly switched roles from last year to this year.

Pegula not subtle about expectations - National Post
"The carpet is one of many changes Pegula plans on making. When he was introduced as team owner at a news conference on Feb. 22, he made his objective clear."

Kassian getting last laugh -
Zack Kassian is on the fence where double-standards are concerned.

Gregg Sutch's Blog: Mental preparation key to playoff success - THN
The Buffalo Sabres prospect talks about how his team stays loose and prepared during the post-season grind.

Playoff Race:

Hurricanes edge Capitals 3-2 in shootout -
Jeff Skinner scored a goal and converted his shootout attempt to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.


NHL News:

Hope already building for next year for the Leafs - The Globe and Mail
They are still mathematically alive in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.

Todd Bertuzzi Won't See Extra Discipline For Elbowing Penalty Vs. Chicago -
Todd Bertuzzi's elbow and forearm smashed into the face of Chicago Blackhawks forward Ryan Johnson, and according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, he won't see any further discipline.

Why Patrick Kane is hockey’s next American hero - Puck Daddy
As Modano's career nears its sunset, Beattie makes the case today that Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is the next American hockey hero.

Will older players be the new trend? -
Is 40 the new 33 in the NHL? It's fair to ask that question considering how well the post-40 generation is performing in the league this season.