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Monday morning look at the NHL

Happy Monday. Before your look around the NHL, just some words to remember from Brandon Lee in "The Crow": It can't rain all the time.

*Officially, the Vancouver Sun writes, it will go into the books as a third-period comeback win for the Vancouver Canucks. But really, its seeds were sown late in the second period when the Canucks buzzed all around San Jose goalie Antti Niemi for what seemed like an eternity.

They didn't score during one of the longest goal-mouth scrambles you'll ever see (the video is below), but the game changed right there. When it was over, the Canucks had a 3-2 win in the opener of the Western Conference final and the Sharks were exhausted.

*The San Jose Mercury News writes this wasn't exactly a case where the Sharks coughed up a third-period lead and let a well-deserved victory slip away.

No, Game One of the Western Conference finals Sunday night was one where the Sharks seemed more surprised that they held the lead before two goals 79 seconds apart by defenseman Kevin Bieksa and center Henrik Sedin sent them to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks.

"There's nights when we lose our legs, but our minds are still pretty sharp. I didn't think that was the case tonight," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "It started with the ears and worked all the way through the body. We were like dogs chasing cars down the freeway. We weren't catching anybody."

*The Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont, one of the biggest fans of Wegmans ever, says clearly, this isn’t Montreal. And sure as a slap shot it’s not the Flyers. The Bruins, now one giant step toward extinction in the Eastern Conference finals after Saturday night’s humbling 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Causeway Street, look as if they’ll have to change parts or approach if they hope to rub out the Lightning and make it to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1990.

*Sabres Edge legend Sean Bergenheim is making himself known everywhere in the hockey world with a stellar playoff for Tampa Bay.

*Derek Boogaard's family has donated his brain to researchers who will check for damage that might have resulted from his career as an NHL enforcer. The News' Bob DiCesare writes the role of tough guys must be examined in wake of death of 28-year-old.

*In the latest chapter of hockey’s classic Nordic rivalry, Finland demolished Sweden 6-1 in the gold medal game of the 2011 IIHF World Championship. Petteri Nokelainen scored the first of five third-period Finnish goals, and it stood up as the winner.

---John Vogl

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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 | [email protected]

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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.

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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.

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