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Daily Links for Sunday, April 3

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After a tough loss to Washington last night, the Sabres play the biggest game of the season tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. Win and you've all but secured a playoff spot, lose and you're tied with the charging 'Canes.

Recap: Caps 5, Sabres 4 (OT) - Japers' Rink
Recap of the Capitals' 5-4 overtime win over the Sabres

Sabres and 'Canes ready for showdown -
NHL GameCenter Preview - Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes, April 3, 2011

Miller stayed home because he couldn't practice; Leopold gets pneumonia - Sabres Edge
The Sabres decided to leave Ryan Miller back in Buffalo because they knew he wouldn't be healthy enough to practice today, coach Lindy Ruff said.

High Fructose Hockey - The Goose's Roost
A post about soft drinks and the Sabres.

It’s Literature 101 Day for the Buffalo Sabres - buffalo74
The Sabres can look to Ye Olde Literature for inspiration.

Playoff Race:

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 2 -
Jussi Jokinen scored twice, and Erik Cole scored one of Carolina's three third period goals to help the Hurricanes upend the New York Islanders, 4-2, on Saturday night.


NHL News:

Coach Barry Trotz, Nashville Predators need run in NHL playoffs -
n a league that has seen more than 150 coaches lose their jobs since Trotz came to Nashville in 1998 -- including the aforementioned Keenan (with four different teams) -- he remains the one and only coach in Predators history.

The last whistle - The Globe and Mail
Veteran official McCreary hangs up his stripes after more than 2,000 games

Ovechkin meets Michelle Obama (and other, ahem, world leaders) - Puck Daddy
Last night, Alex Ovechkin tweeted a photo in which the Washington Capitals star had his arm around First Lady Michelle Obama at a random D.C. area eatery.