Josh Harding, Minnesota
The multiple sclerosis-afflicted goalie, who leads the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage, has rejoined the team after being out since December with a setback.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
It may not be unanimous because few things ever are, but the star center should run away with MVP honors after eclipsing 100 points and leading his team to the division title.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The team and the Yerrid Foundation welcomed more than 2,000 fans to “Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night,” bringing the total to 80,000 during the 14 years of the event.
The Sabres’ Week Ahead
Today — At Philadelphia: Second-craziest thing I’ve seen at a Flyers game was a woman on Jumbotron attempt to flash the crowd. Craziest thing was they put her on again at next whistle.
Tuesday — Detroit: More than 10 years after getting his neck broken, Steve Moore is still waiting for the courts to rule on his lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi of the Red Wings.
Thursday — At New York Rangers: Anyone who says a pastrami sandwich isn’t a proper breakfast has never been to Katz’s Deli. It’s the way to start the day in Manhattan.
Saturday — At Boston: My good friend and fellow Frontier High School grad Tom Doody is running in this month’s Boston Marathon. May this year’s event be safer than last year’s.
Next Sunday — New York Islanders: This is it. The end of the 2013-14 season. So eventful, yet so forgettable. They forecast “suffering,” and no truer words were spoken.
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