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Super stories around the rinks

There's plenty going on in the NHL on Super Sunday. Here's a sprint down the field through some of the top stories:

This one just broke an hour before kickoff: Marc Savard of the Bruins is going to be shut down for the season because of yet another concussion. Gotta figure that's it for his career, right? 

The Leafs have a brewing controversy between Phil Kessel and coach Ron Wilson. Kessel got benched during the loss Saturday to the Sabres and then said at practice Sunday that "me and Ron really don't talk." Nice.

How about that Sabres game? John Vogl writes the Laffs are the Listerine the Sabres use to wash a bad taste from their mouth. Ryan Miller enjoys frustrating Laff fans.

More confirmation of the new era Terry Pegula is bringing: Minority owner Dan DiPofi is staying on and he tells Bucky Gleason: "I haven't sat down with Terry to talk about what his philosophy is, but I agree with [the assumption] that he wants to do things on the hockey side where money won't be an issue. But you have to remember there's only so much money [up to the salary cap]."

---The Devils won today at Montreal, 4-1. They're 9-1-2 in their last 12 games and finally out of the Eastern Conference basement. Guess rookie head coach John MacLean was completely over his head. The win, however, was tempered by a knee injury to Martin Brodeur. Status unknown.

---The Penguins are likely without Evgeni Malkin for the season and they lost today at Washington, 3-0. It featured Matt Cooke's late knee-on-knee hit on Alex Ovechkin.

Said Caps coach Bruce Boudreau: "It's Matt Cooke. Need we say more? It's not like it's his first rodeo. He's done it to everybody and then he goes to the ref and says, 'What did I do?' He knows damn well what he did. There's no doubt in my mind that he's good at it and he knows how to pick this stuff. And we, as a League, buy into this like it's an accidental thing."

Touche.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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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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