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Wednesday morning look around the NHL

Happy Wednesday. It's raining. Again. Oh, well, at least the day will be brightened at 10 a.m. when the Foo Fighters presale starts for their HSBC Arena show. Until then, your daily look around the NHL ...

*George Babcock, an assistant equipment manager for the Sabres, heard a crash behind him and saw Mike Kostelnik collapse to the floor while suffering a heart attack. Babcock's father died of a heart attack a few years ago, which heightened his awareness when Kostelnik became unresponsive. Babcock remembered an old CPR class and sprang into action, writes Bucky Gleason. He started cardiac compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until another patron -- a man sitting quietly at the bar who remains unknown -- arrived to help him.

(As an aside, George and I saw the Foo Fighters in Dallas a few seasons back.)

Kostelnik, called "Miracle Mike" by the nurses, is recovering at home. He's convinced he would be dead or would have suffered brain damage without Babcock's quick response. He walked away with a pacemaker and a new lease on life. Babcock walked away with a family of friends for life.

*In a wild, up-and-down game featuring a coming-of-age performance by a 19-year-old rookie, Tyler Seguin spearheaded a five-goal second period with two goals and two assists to lead the Bruins to a 6-5 win in Game Two of the Eastern Conference finals, writes the Boston Herald.

*San Jose captain Joe Thornton tried to get the Western Conference finals off to a raucous start when he asked gritty Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler to drop the gloves right off the opening faceoff.

"Why not?" Thornton said Tuesday, confirming he made the invitation to Kesler. "Let's fight. Let's start the series off with a bang."

It didn't happen. Instead, the Canucks rallied in the third period for a 3-2 win Sunday night. San Jose is trailing in a series for the first time this postseason and will have a chance to get even tonight in Game Two in Vancouver.

*The Buffalo Sabres insist they are just investigating everything, trying to find ways to improve the organization under owner Terry Pegula. It appears one improvement would be to reunite with the Rochester Americans.

*Justin Regier, son of Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier, has earned playing privileges on the Canadian Tour. He shot 74 in Tuesday's U.S. Open regional qualifier, putting him in a playoff with Nic Mazze of Caledon East, Ont., for the last of four spots in sectional qualifying. But his chance to advance vanished when his tee shot on the second playoff hole clipped a tree and doomed him to bogey.

*The family of Derek Boogaard, the New York Rangers forward who died last week in Minnesota, is asking for donations to be made to Defending the Blue Line in his memory, in lieu of flowers. Defending the Blue Line is a nonprofit organization created by soldiers with the spirit of keeping hockey alive for the children of our nation's military heroes.

*Flyers forward Dan Carcillo has been suspended without pay for the first two games of next season for confronting officials during this year's playoffs.

---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.

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