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News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - April 18th, 2013

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The Buffalo Sabres are enjoying Porter's play (Video ad starts automatically).

It has been a season ups-and-downs for the Buffalo Sabres, but as the team continues to chase and outside shot at a playoff berth, there have been a few bright spots. One of the best surprises for the Sabres has been the emergence of Kevin Porter as a source of depth scoring in his first season with the team.

There will be lots of outdoor games next year- none involving the Colorado Avalanche.

NHL officials are getting asked whether holding an additional five outdoor games next season might constitute an over-saturation of a good idea. The truth is it won't even keep up with demand.

The Minnesota Wild can't believe they haven't been awarded an outdoor game. The Washington Capitals believe they've been promised one. The Colorado Avalanche want one, as do the St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs and every other NHL team.

Ryan O`Byrne has had highs and lows since leaving Colorado - through it all he thinks and talks of his mother.

O'Byrne hardly was the problem for the Maple Leafs in their visit to Washington, but on nights like that lopsided defeat he looks to the memory of his mother for solace and inspiration.

Lorelei O'Byrne passed away at age 56 on Jan. 28, 2010, after a nine-year battle with late-stage breast cancer. Her fighting spirit pushed her way past the time her doctors initially estimated she had to live.

"Absolutely, she is my inspiration," the 28-year-old Maple Leafs defenceman said. "She was such a strong woman, really a remarkable person. She pushed me and my sister [Krystal] hard, encouraged us to go for it, whether in the classroom, sports or any other area in life."

Kevin Lowe is backtracking.

Kevin Lowe, the Edmonton Oilers president of hockey operations, says he’s sorry for suggesting there are two types of Oiler fans: those who buy tickets and those who don’t.

"If I offended anyone, I apologize," said Lowe, seen sitting in an office in an 80-second video posted on the team website Wednesday.

"We see many of our fans at Rexall Place, but we have hundreds of thousands of fans that never get to Rexall Place.

"We appreciate each and every fan. I did not make that clear."

This family has owned season tickets to the Montreal Canadiens since the 1940's.

When Mike Flinker’s dad first bought Canadiens season tickets, Dick Irvin Sr. coached the team and the famous "Punch Line" had yet to be created.

The pair of tickets overlooking centre ice at the Forum cost $25 for 25 home games in 1942, Flinker said.

Fast forward 71 years. Season tickets now cost thousands of dollars and the Canadiens have played at the Bell Centre for 17 years.

But what hasn’t changed is a family tie to the season tickets Issie Flinker held for decades.

Flinker, who passed away in 1989 at age 74, had the season-ticket contract transferred to his son Mike a few years before he died.

Habs season-ticket holders have also been known to bequeath their tickets in their wills. The Canadiens don’t have precise records about season tickets that go way back, but said some families might have tickets dating back to the 1930s and ’40s.

Heart-wrenching and amazing, the national anthem before last night's Bruins' game (the first sports event in the city since the bombing).

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