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---The good folks at Sabres TV want you to know there was nothing sinister about the locker cleanout day videos not being posted on the team's Web site Monday night. I'm told a technical problem with a video adaptor was the root of the problem, not any attempt to hold back on fans. A decision was made to fix the problem Tuesday morning and then post the videos in the afternoon when it was rectified. Fair enough. I stand corrected.

Still, I would have liked notice of that info posted on the Web site or at least Twittered on Monday night, rather than waiting until I got emails about the situation Tuesday and griped about how it looked before the Twitter went out. I might have wanted the problem fixed right away Monday night too because the videos were so newsworthy to fans.

---The playoffs start tonight. I'm at the Bisons game. No problem there. Bright, sunny day. I still feel like I should have been heading to Boston today to get ready for Game One.

---Speaking of the Bruins, their home is getting its fourth name starting in July. The TD Banknorth Garden is simply going to be known as the TD Garden. I do love they went back to the "Garden" name when they got the rights. The building was originally known as the Shawmut Center but the name became FleetCenter before the arena opened in 1995.

---I agree with Bucky that the Blue Jackets are in over their heads in their first-round series with the Red Wings but they're my feel-good team in these playoffs. The Sabres have missed the playoffs five times in seven years but poor Columbus? Never made it in their eight previous seasons. Think about that. The Sabres were in the playoffs in their third year and in the finals in their fifth. Columbus fans are snapping up tickets for their home games -- and for the games in Detroit, where fan apathy and the economy have things lagging for the opener at the Joe.

---Is it our Eastern bias that I hardly care much about the four series in the West but figure I won't be able to get enough of Bruins-Habs, Flyers-Penguins and Caps-Rangers?

---How about my picks? I like San Jose and Pittsburgh in the finals but if you push me for choice 1B I'll go with a Detroit-Pittsburgh rematch. I think round one goes mostly to form with the Bruins, Caps and Penguins advancing in the East and the Sharks, Wings and Hawks moving forward in the West. I like the Carolina upset of New Jersey and the St. Louis upset of Vancouver.

---But would St. Louis really be an upset? Once 15th in the West, the Blues shot all the way to sixth by finishing the season 9-1-1. They were 16-5-2 from Feb. 24 to the end of the season. THAT is how you break through.

---Mike Harrington

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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