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It all comes down to tonight. One game to decide the fates of two teams. The Buffalo Sabres have been playing backs-against-the-wall hockey for two months now, so here's hoping they have at least one more in them. Let's go, Buffalo!

Sabres ready to seize moment - The Buffalo News
When the Sabres strip away the extra trimmings, though, it's still just an ideal time to have fun.

Workout Update - Sabres Edge
Neither Patrick Kaleta nor Mike Grier were on the ice for Mondays brief workout at HSBC Arena. Andrej Sekera and Jochen Hecht both practiced but Ruff wouldn't comment on their availability.

Lindy ready to write a Sabres fairy tale (but not for The News) - Sabres Edge
Lindy and Jerry Sullivan have a humorous exchange.

Flyers have full confidence in Boucher for Game 7 - CSNPhilly
It's been a goalie carousel for the Flyers this playoff series, but the team has their guy for Game 7. In steps Brian Boucher, and he's up to the task.

Mike Richards’ “Minor” Hit Deserved A “Major” Reaction, But Got Nothing - Black & Blue & Gold
Phil takes us on a deep analysis of the Richards hit and the NHL rulebook.

More Sabres Links:

Ruff is playing games, but Roy is playing Game Seven - The Buffalo News
Given a night to reconsider, Lindy Ruff reverted to the usual mind games.

Kaleta to “Change Game” in Recognition of “Playing on the Edge” - buffalo74
Sharing his thoughts with Howard Simon and Jeremy White, he conceded that he must change his game in order to remain as a feared, but more reliable, weapon on the ice.

Silly non-suspensions, crazy comebacks, and a spectacular Selanne - THN
The fact Mike Richards didn't get suspended is a joke.

Chris Pronger’s Presence Helped In Game 6 - Philly Sports Daily
He didn’t score a goal, he didn’t get an assist, he didn’t even take one of his patented slapshots, but Chris Pronger made a difference on Sunday.

Briere able to motivate with words, on-ice play - NHL.com
The leading postseason scorer since 2006, the Philadelphia forward talked the talk and walked the walk in a must-win Game 6 in Buffalo.

Game Seven: Whatever it takes - It's Always Game Seven
It’s always Game Seven, but now it’s really Game Seven, if that makes sense.

To Win Game 7 - Hockey Rhetoric
The Sabres were able to qualify for the playoffs largely by riding the scoring production of their key forwards. Vanek has been great in this series. Ennis and Gerbe have both been timely. The rest need to step up and help this team.

Se7en - Shutdown Pair
A little something to get your blood pumping today.

Soothing - The Willful Caboose
"If there is one thing I’ve learned from watching this Sabres team for the last four months, it’s that we shouldn’t count them out, ever. They might be mismatched, and they might be young, but they have more heart than the Philadelphia Flyers."

Getting To Know: Cody McCormick - THN
The Buffalo Sabres center talks about his first hockey memory, his inspiration and much more.

Kassian suspended, full ruling expected Tuesday - SabresProspects.com
Zack Kassian has been suspended for game #4 of the OHL Western Conference after earning a match penalty in the final minute of Saturday's loss to Owen Sound. 

 

NHL News:

Joe Thornton, playoff hero? Sharks win Game 6, eliminate Kings - Puck Daddy
Unless you've been living in a fallout shelter for the last decade, you know the reputation for the Sharks captain and his team when it comes to choking in the playoffs.

Crease controversy building in NHL playoffs - The Globe and Mail
Goaltending dilemmas not the exclusive domain of Vancouver in this year's postseason

Vigneault says Luongo will start Game 7 - NHL.com
Alain Vigneault says Roberto Luongo will start Game 7 for Vancouver against Chicago Tuesday night.

Canucks GM Mike Gillis complains about penalty calls; Does he have a point? - ProHockeyTalk
Canucks GM Mike Gillis called out the officiating in his team's series against the Blackhawks, pointing out Chicago's 27-16 advantage in power play opportunities.