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The Wraparound: Lambert ready for Rochester; Sharks win; Milbury puts foot in mouth

In his role as a Sabres assistant, Dan Lambert learned how the organization wants to play. He plans to teach that speedy, quick-thinking mindset to the Amerks so the prospects are ready for a call from Buffalo.

“As a coach it’s your job to mold players,” Lambert said Tuesday while being introduced as the Amerks' coach. “When they get here, they’re 20 years old. It’s not like they’re completely set in their ways. They have to learn the professional game.

“If you start implementing the Buffalo Sabres style, then I think you should be able to turn guys or help guys become those players.”

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San Jose made itself feel at home in St. Louis. Then again, that hasn't been too hard.

The Sharks evened the Western Conference final at 1-1 with a 4-0 victory Tuesday.

The Sharks, who will host Game Three on Thursday, were powered by two goals from defenseman Brent Burns and 26 saves from goaltender Martin Jones.

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The Sharks went 2 for 5 on the power play, with the Blues taking undisciplined penalties like this one by Steve Ott.

It led to NBC analyst Mike Milbury saying: “This is so unsatisfying for me as a former coach to watch a player with a slash that doesn’t really hurt him. If you’re going to slash him, crack a bone or something. If you’re going to hit somebody from behind, give him a slight concussion or whatever."

He then said he was joking, but concussions are certainly nothing to joke about in this era of CTE, lawsuits and enforcer deaths.

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Tampa Bay hosts Pittsburgh on Wednesday in Game Three of the Eastern Conference final (8 p.m., NBCSN). The series is tied, 1-1.

"I think we've put ourselves in positions to have the puck more, but we're not being very smart about how we're playing," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "We're not playing as a group of five on the ice. We're kind of … we're in all like different segments, playing in different zones, changing when we shouldn't, and when you're not in unison, you're not going to have the puck a whole lot of time. So definitely something we have to improve on."

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The quarterfinals of the world championships are set for Thursday: Czechia versus United States; Finland versus Denmark; Russia versus Germany; and Canada versus Sweden.

The Canadians got trounced, 4-0, by Finland on Tuesday. Fans in Toronto, Winnipeg and Columbus gasped when top-three draft prospect Patrik Laine was cheap-shotted by Canada's Corey Perry. Laine left the game but returned and is fine.

 

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