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Thomas Vanek is sad that he's never been to Topeka.
Thomas Vanek is sad that he's never been to Topeka.

I'm back, baby, after travelling through two cities I never thought I would ever visit - Kansas City and Topeka. But thanks to a crazy, mid-western/Scottish wedding, I am now proud to add those two lovely cities to my passport. Also, special thanks to Dave and Zach for filling in for me this weekend. As for the links, there's plenty to read about Chicago's victory after the break!

Kassian plans to deliver the goods - The Windsor Star
A year ago, LaSalle’s Zack Kassian watched the Memorial Cup final on television with mixed emotions. That was his town winning the Cup, but it wasn’t his team.

Apologies and Sabres' prospect big at worlds - Sabres Edge
Gogulla, the Sabres' second-round pick in 2005, scored the only goal to give Germany a 1-0 win over Switzerland.


Gleason: Briere is toast of the town, again - The Buffalo News
Briere has been to the conference finals four times in the past five years, but only this year evokes the overwhelming confidence among players and euphoria among fans he experienced in Buffalo in 2006.

Flyers determined to eliminate Montreal in Game 5 -
After the Bruins couldn’t put the Flyers away in four attempts, Philadelphia is determined to eliminate Montreal in its first opportunity.

How the Habs were rebuilt - The Globe and Mail
After the Montreal Canadiens’ playoff mastery, coach Jacques Martin heaps all the credit on GM Bob Gainey for his team's resurgence



Byfuglien does it again, sending Hawks to Final -
Dustin Byfuglien scored his third game-winning goal of the series, leading the Blackhawks to a 4-2 victory over the Sharks in Game 4 and a series sweep in the Western Conference Finals.

Chicago Blackhawks proving to be too much ... for anyone - ESPN
Bolland, Byfuglien, Toews, Kane, Niemi, Sharp ... these 2010 Blackhawks are proving to be too much to handle. For anybody.

Keith loses teeth, but shows plenty of heart -
Duncan Keith added teeth to the Hawks’ game on Sunday -- seven of them, to be exact -- but showed his heart in returning as Chicago swept San Jose.

Sharks ponder their next move - The Globe and Mail
San Jose has the salary cap room to make wholesale changes in the off-season.