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Wednesday, 04.25.2012 / 3:14 PM ET
By Kevin Sylvester - Sabres Hockey Hotline Host (@kevsylvester) / SLY NOTES
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- It seems like forever since the season ended, but it’ll be three weeks on Saturday. Isn’t that hard to believe? I have been trying to figure out why it seems like a long time, and the only conclusion I can come up with is the suddenness of the end. I wasn’t prepared for it to end, and the void that the season being over would leave. The void makes the days and nights seem longer. It’s a complete shift, one that I usually take a month to get used to. Watching the playoff games doesn’t help either, at least for me anyway. I love the competition, but miss the energy surrounding the game and broadcast. I guess I have a double dose of envy. I’m envious of the teams that are still in the hunt for the Stanley Cup, and of the broadcasters who get to deliver the goods each night. Well, I feel better getting that off my chest and no longer need to visit my therapist!

- So much for my pick of Pittsburgh coming out of the East. I wasn’t alone, as most expert picks were for the Penguins. The big question in Pittsburgh is: what happened to Marc-Andre Fleury? He wasn’t the flower that we’ve seen in years past. Of course, I’m not giving credit to the Flyers for a tremendous performance in the first round. That team should be commended for their resiliency and spirit.

- Brendan Shanahan has received a ton of criticism this season for suspensions he’s given or not given to offending players. I’m not sure what the league is paying him, but it’s not enough. No matter what he does, he gets ripped. However, he did get it right by suspending Raffi Torres for 25 games. There was nothing redeeming about that hit or the intent of it.

- I received a tweet reminding me of my “Pancakes of NHL” blog from last summer. Following that blog I asked for some recommendations for right here in Buffalo. As a follow up, the web staff and I would like to do “Pancakes of Buffalo.” We need some suggestions, but there are two rules: 1) It can’t be a chain restaurant, and 2) You can’t be the owner of the establishment. Send your submissions to me via my Twitter account - @kevsylvester. We’ll visit the top five suggestions and provide the rankings right here at
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