Buffalo Sabres Daily Links: Kings Take Game One, Lidstrom To Retire

Here's your daily dose of Buffalo Sabres and NHL news, wrangled from the furthest tubes on the internet for your viewing pleasure.

- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made a special point to praise Buffalo hockey fans yesterday. [Sabres Edge]

- Here's why Nick Mendola is picking the Devils to win, and why the Sabres aren't that team. [NickMendola.com]

- What the Stanley Cup Finals mean for the Sabres. [Buffalo Wins]

- NHL Combine news and notes. [Sabres.com]

- The Sabres are holding an interesting Game of the Year vote on their website. [Sabres.com]

NHL Playoff News:

- The Kings are win again, taking Game One from the Devils in OT. [NHL.com]

- LA just refuse to lose on the road this postseason. [ESPN]

- The Devils made it way too easy for the Kings, according to Zach Parise. [Puck Daddy]

- Despite the loss, the Devils can take some positives out of Game One. [TSN]

- A tale of two goaltenders. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... [Globe & Mail]

Around the NHL:

- Future Hall of Famer, and debatably the best defenseman of all time, Nicklas Lidstrom, announced he'll be announcing his retirement today. [Puck Daddy]

- A look back at some crazy Lidstrom numbers. [ESPN]

- The NHL has promised to evaluate its obstruction standard this summer among other things as they invite coaches, players, and GMs to a special summit that will be held in place of their R&D Camp. [THN, Puck Daddy, Globe & Mail]