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Daily Links for Friday, October 21

Happy Friday everyone! Happy indeed, with the Sabres leading their division.

Thomas Vanek scored two goals, and Ryan Miller made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season in the Sabres’ 3-0 victory over the Florida…

Cats Recap: Clawless Panthers shut out in second straight game, fall to Sabres 3-0 – Litter Box Cats
We’re only six games into this young NHL season, and the Florida Panthers have been shut out twice already, this time with a pretty listless effort at home against the Buffalo Sabres, who walked out of Sunrise with a 3-0 victory.

Leino, Myers get into the act for Sabres – The Buffalo News
The return to the score sheet by Leino and Myers helped stake the Sabres to a 2-0 lead in the second period.

Miller shows why he’s No. 1 – The Buffalo News
As Stafford watched Ryan Miller absolutely steal Tuesday’s 3-1 victory in Montreal with a 40-save performance, the right winger had no doubt who remains Buffalo’s No. 1 netminder.

Sabres News:

Overreactions, 6th Edition: Flawless – 3rd Man In
It was an overall dominating performance where Buffalo made it obvious that they were the better team tonight.

The Vanek Set Play: A Sabres GIF Gift (And an Early Look at the NE Division) – BSN
Thanks to Paul Gaustad, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek, and of course, Carey Price’s inability to contain his inertia on the ice, we have our first winner GIF of the season.

10/20 Recap: Cat powers Attack with Hounds on horizon – SabresProspects.com
Dan Catenacci picked up two assists to earn the game’s #1 star Thursday as Owen Sound won at Barrie, 4-2.

Around the NHL:

NHL: Have Goalies Become Too Dominant? – WSJ.com
The consensus throughout the NHL is that goaltending has entered a golden age.

Rules Primer: Why Goalie Interference Has To Be So Freaking Complicated – Defending Big D
After three goalie interference calls marred the Dallas-Stars Columbus Blue Jackets game, we take a look at the nuances of the rule.

First weeks find numerous 18-year-olds making impact – NHL.com
The 2011 Entry Draft was considered lacking in elite talent by some prognosticators, but five guys from that class have collected points this season.

That’s your prediction? C’mon Man! – THN
Are the Sharks slipping? Is Phil Kessel on his way to an award-worthy season? Is Ovechkin going to have another point drop? C’mon Man!

How Blue Jackets president, GM defend team’s 3-17-8 streak – Puck Daddy
So what happens, in a worst case scenario, if the Blue Jackets leave the weekend at 0-7-1 on the season? Does Coach Scott Arniel get the Bob Hartley treatment in an ultra-competitive Western Conference and with $64 million invested in the roster?

Avalanche on a hot streak, but who knew? – KDVR
The dumbest hockey article you’ll read all day.

Uni Watch previews the NHL season with a rundown of custom goalie masks and pads – ESPN
Uni Watch examines 2011 NHL goalie gear from head to toe.