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Chicago laid out a dominant performance last night, crushing Philly 7-4. Hit up the break to read all about it.

Report Card for all of Buffalo Sports: Volume II - Joe From NYC
Joe gives us his grade on Thomas Vanek, among other Buffalo athletes. He brings up some good points on Vanek's performance this season, do you agree?

Finals:

Blackhawks one win away from Stanley after 7-4 win - NHL.com
Dustin Byfuglien recorded two goals and two assists, as the Hawks cruised to a 7-4 victory over the Flyers in Game 5, grabbing a 3-2 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

 Chicago Blackhawks answer the call in pivotal Game 5 - ESPN
The Blackhawks had a laundry list of necessary improvements to make to avoid seeing this series slip away from them. Sunday night, Chicago checked off all of them.

Quenneville's line shuffle rescues Blackhawks, could lead to Cup - Puck Daddy
The Toews-Kane-Byfuglien line finally showed up in the Finals.... only they weren't playing together. 

Pronger remains defiant despite nightmare Game 5 - NHL.com
Virtually every time Pronger was on the ice in the first four games -- which was every other shift, it seemed -- he hit, harassed and often humiliated Byfuglien or one of his first-line partners in crime, Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews.

Conn Smythe race not yet crystal clear - USATODAY.com
Depending on who wins the Cup, there are 10 legitimate contenders for the MVP.

 

The Rest:

The Guy Boucher anxiety as Blue Jackets head coach - Puck Daddy
According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Columbus Blue Jackets have extended an offer to Hamilton Bulldogs Coach Guy Boucher to fill their current vacancy.

Ice Edge get Coyotes' escape clause - The Globe and Mail
A new memorandum of understanding on troubled Phoenix NHL club to be presented to municipal politicians on Tuesday.

SKA offers Kovalchuk $14M per year - RussianHockeyFans.com
SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL has offered Ilya Kovalchuk a $42M, 3-year contract (which makes its $14M per year), as reported by Russian newspaper Sport-Express.