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Reading List: Kids carry Sabres; Preds rally for OT win

Saturday, 04.23.2011 / 11:15 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals

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Reading List: Kids carry Sabres; Preds rally for OT win
Reading List: Kids carry Sabres; Preds rally for OT win
There were only two playoff games Friday night, but what the schedule lacked in quantity, it more than made up for in quality -- and as has been the norm so far, the road teams won again.

In Philadelphia, the Flyers spotted Buffalo a 3-0 lead, rallied to force overtime -- but saw two of the Sabres' kids combine for the winning goal in Buffalo's 4-3 win, putting the Sabres within a win of moving to the second round. Out in Anaheim, Nashville tied the game in the final minute of regulation and scored quickly in overtime to stun the Ducks 4-3. The Predators can win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history by beating the Ducks at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday.

Saturday's schedule includes four games -- three of which could be series-deciders.

Here's your daily NHL.com Reading List for a set of quick links to some of the stories you won't want to miss:

Sabres' kids come through
Rookie Tyler Ennis was the best Sabre on the ice Friday night in Philadelphia, scoring the OT winner in Buffalo's 4-3 win in Game 5. As Adam Kimelman reports, Ennis isn't the only youngster making an impact for the Sabres.

Versteeg shows why he was wanted
Kris Versteeg was one of the reasons the Chicago Blackhawks beat Philadelphia in the Stanley Cup Final last spring. Two trades later, he's now a Flyer, and as Adam Kimelman notes, he's doing his best to keep the Flyers' season going.

Unlikely parlay lifts Predators
One is an All-Star defenseman, the other is a journeyman checking forward. Shea Weber and Jerred Smithson scored the two biggest goals in Nashville history -- Weber tied Game 5 against Anaheim in the final minute and Smithson got the OT winner in a 4-3 victory that has the Predators in position to win a playoff series for the first time. Curtis Zupke was in the media swarm that talked with both players after Friday night's win.

Keith discusses "Cup Hangover"
Duncan Keith is finally playing like the NHL's best defenseman, which he was in 2009-10. Brian Hedger reports on Keith's thoughts about his "frustrating" regular season and why he's coming on strong in the playoffs.

Change in focus for Canucks
Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault isn't saying what strategic moves he may or may not make heading into Game 6 against Chicago. But as Dhiren Mahiban reports, you can bet better gap control is a big concern after Thursday's 5-0 loss.

Smallest Shark making big impact
Scott Nichol may look like a minnow among Sharks -- at 5-foot-9, he's the smallest player on one of the NHL's largest teams. But as Eric Gilmore reports, he's having a major effect in San Jose's series against Los Angeles, as Kings coach Terry Murray is the first to admit.

Time for Stamkos to step up
The Tampa Bay Lightning won't say if top scorer Steven Stamkos is battling an injury. But as Alan Robinson reports from Pittsburgh, he'd better start scoring soon or he'll have a whole summer to heal up.

Price: Time to "Cowboy Up"

In a series that has seem the road team win all four games, Montreal goaltender Carey Price wants his team to "cowboy up" for Saturday's Game 5 in Boston. Arpon Basu reports.

New Caps hope to wipe out team's bad past
The Washington Capitals' playoff history has more hits than misses -- the Caps have blown four of the 3-1 series leads they've held. But as Corey Masisak reports, this year's newcomers hope to change that as the Caps enter what could be a series-clincher on Saturday.


Quote of the Day

It's a little different but it feels amazing. A new chapter in my life and I'm excited. It's been amazing. Better than I expected. The weather is great, the place is just amazing. I can't say enough good things about it. I'm glad to get the season going.

— Ryan Kesler on his transition to the Anaheim Ducks