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Daily Links for Monday, April 4

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Huge win last night for Buffalo, and the team is now in firm control of its own playoff destiny.

Carolina Powerplay Can't Finish: Sabres 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT) - Canes Country
Sometimes it seems like you can do everything right, but things still don't work out. That was the feeling in the Carolina Hurricanes locker room Sunday night after they lost to the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1 in OT in front of 18,740 at the RBC.

From the dressing room following the 2-1 win - Sabres Edge
A few quotes from the team and coach.

Stat Nerd Sunday: What special teams tell us about contenders - Puck Daddy
If you can wade through the stats, it turns out Buffalo is playing better than any other Eastern Conference bubble team in terms of net goals above league average.

As transplants, we are kind of obnoxious fans - Buffalo Wins
Why do Carolina fans hate Buffalo fans so much? Joe has one possible explanation. 

Playoff Race:

Rangers outlast Flyers in shootout -
The New York Rangers claimed two crucial points in their fight for a playoff spot with a 3-2 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist and his counterpart, the Flyers' Sergei Bobrovsky both had 32 saves each.


NHL News:

NHL free agents: Top players who could hit market in 2011 and 2012 - ESPN
Before the playoffs start, Pierre LeBrun takes a look at this summer's unrestricted free-agent crop.

Sens, Panthers and Isles may pay on draft day - The Globe and Mail
The battle to get the first draft pick

Four points on NHL's concussion problem - THN
In the second part of this two-part article, we present the final four points on how the NHL can tackle its concussion problem.

Mandi Schwartz, inspirational Yale hockey player, dies at 23 - Puck Daddy
Mandi Schwartz, the inspirational women's hockey player from Yale University who had battled acute myeloid leukemia through diagnosis and treatment and remission and relapses since 2008 passed away yesterday. A very sad story about a wonderful young woman.