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Well, at least one 40th anniversary team made the Finals.
Well, at least one 40th anniversary team made the Finals.

Congratulations to the Vancouver Canucks, who advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals last night in a crazy double OT game. Will the Bruins soon join them? I don't know, but I do know that we have plenty of Vancouver links after the break.

Sabres' Black, Regier, Ruff To Speak Wednesday - WGR 550
In a short press release from the team, the Sabres are calling it a "ceremony to begin the Sabres locker room demolition and renovations."

A numerical recap of the big #57's season.

Buffalo draft pick McNabb ready for next step - The Buffalo News
McNabb's next step will be to refine his skills at the professional level. The 20-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Sabres last week that's potentially worth more than $2.1 million. He's eager to start earning it.

Sabres Back to the Future - Buffalo Wins
A prediction (or should I say many predictions) for how this summer will play out for the Buffalo Sabres.


Lightning go back to Roloson - The Globe and Mail
Goalie tasked with stopping Bruins in must-win for Tampa Bay

2011 Stanley Cup playoffs: Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning free agency - ESPN
Scott Burnside takes stock of which players coming to the ends of their contracts have helped or hurt their leverage as free agents.



Canucks beat Sharks in 2 OT to advance to Final -
The Vancouver Canucks defeated the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, in double overtime of Game 5 and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 17 years when Kevin Bieksa's shot found its way behind Antti Niemi.

Roberto Luongo saves his best performance for Game 5 -
A month after that benching against the Blackhawks, Roberto Luongo put the Canucks on his back and carried them to their first Cup Final since 1994.

Basic pucks-on-net hockey sends Vancouver Canucks to Stanley Cup final - THN
While Game 5 started out with a pretty goal, it was a messy offensive night the rest of the way with fundamental hockey winning out.

McKenzie: Kesler delivers strong performance for Canucks - TSN
When Ryan Kesler got injured late in the second period of Game 5, it looked as though he and the Vancouver Canucks were going south, both in the game and maybe the series. However, as the game wore on Kesler found another gear and helped send the game to overtime.

Another lapse, elimination for Sharks; what changes for next year? - Puck Daddy
In the end — and by that we mean in the end of regulation — there it was again for the 2010-11 San Jose Sharks: The Lapse. That momentary plunge into failure that subverts all of their success. And it cost them a victory.