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The Wraparound: Lambert to coach Amerks; Biron 'sings;' U.S. advances

Dan Lambert's one season as a head coach attracted the attention of Buffalo. His one season as a Sabres assistant was enough to make him a head coach again.

The Sabres shook up their coaching hierarchy Monday, naming Lambert as the bench boss in Rochester. Randy Cunneyworth, who guided the Amerks to a disappointing 34-38-4 record, will head back to the player development department.

"We had a plan in place going into last season to eventually promote Dan to head coach of the Americans and transition Randy back to player development," Sabres General Manager Tim Murray said in a statement. "With his experience as a Sabres assistant last season, we felt Dan was ready to take on the added responsibility of being a head coach and implementing our organizational philosophy in Rochester."

Sabres coach Dan Bylsma will hire an assistant to replace Lambert. There is no timetable for an announcement. The 46-year-old Lambert worked in the press box on game nights and talked with the bench coaches via headset.

"Dan spent the year with the big club," Murray told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "He knows how we want to play. He knows the structure and system. I'm happy with how things worked out.

"As the third assistant and the eye in the sky, you could be very quiet and not be proactive. But I thought he showed initiative, he took the bull by the horns, he pulled guys aside, he showed them video. He's a guy who understands what's going on up here."


Sidney Crosby made sure the Penguins didn't lose twice on home ice. He wasted little time.

Just 40 seconds into overtime, Crosby beat Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Lightning, 3-2.

The goal evened the Eastern Conference final at 1-1, with Game Three set for Wednesday in Tampa Bay. The Lightning are waiting to see if they get Steven Stamkos back from a blood clot.

"There's still a chance I can play in this series, there's still a chance I may not be able to play the rest of the playoffs," Stamkos said in the Tampa Bay Times. "That's honestly the truth. It's tough for me to feel so physically close. But whether it's Game Three, Four or Five, or whether it's the reality that it's just not going to be in the best interest of my long-term health to play in the playoffs, those are questions we're getting closer and closer to getting answered.

"We could come to a conclusion after all of our research that it's just not safe enough to play at all in these playoffs. That's the reality that I'm living with."


Martin Biron has always been a master of talking. He's proved he can lip sync, too.

The chatty former netminder has filmed a music video with several other members of the TSN broadcast crew. Titled "Don't Take My Goal Away," the song by The Backcheck Boys showcases how tough the coach's challenge can be on a player.


The NHL's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics is very much in doubt.

Meanwhile, host country South Korea is trying to build a winner by using North American players.


The United States advanced to the quarterfinals of the world championships Tuesday morning with a 3-2 overtime loss to Slovakia. The U.S. team just needed to reach overtime to advance, while Slovakia needed to win in regulation to eliminate the Americans.

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe and forward Hudson Fasching play for the United States, who will face Czechia in the quarterfinals.

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