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Top Line: Chins are up in New York and Chicago; Senators slink home; more

torey-krugTorey Krug has been a standout on the Bruins' youthful blue line during the playoffs. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

• The Ottawa Senators never had a chance in Game 5. Coach Paul MacLean summed it up perfectly after the loss: "I hope they don't bill us for the clinic."

• There was a storybook quality to Ottawa's season, but there was no happy ending for the Senators.

• Ottawa talked a good game of desperation but it didn't show up on the ice.

• The new-look Matt Cooke not only made it through this series intact but he made an impact on the score sheet.

• The Rangers have a way of elevating their urgency in do-or-die situations. Add that to the momentum carried over from Game 4 and the Blueshirts like their chances today.

• Why one Ranger finally stood up for himself, and his teammates.

• Here's what has to happen for the Bruins to avoid playing a Game 6.

• He hasn't exactly Wally Pipp-ed anyone, but Torey Krug has proven he can play a role for the Bruins.

• It's a cliche because it's true: Getting traffic in front of Jimmy Howard is the key to breaking through against the hot goaltender and preventing Chicago's magical season from coming to a crashing halt.

• Meet the players who have been driving the Hawks crazy.

Jonathan Toews isn't the only Blackhawk struggling against Detroit. But he is the most visible.

• Listen to the Hawks talk about today's game and it sounds like a bunch of orphans singing about tomorrow. They're not letting this dilly of a pickle get them down, no way, mister!

• Or maybe it's not orphans. Maybe they're channeling Chip Diller from Animal House. You know: “Remain calm! All is well!”

• There's nothing fancy about the way the Kings are approaching this series with the Sharks. Then again, old-time hockey is always stylish this time of year.

• It appears that some genius with the Dallas Stars accidentally released their much-ballyhooed new logo two weeks early. It shows how much work they have to do that the fan consensus seems to be, "Well...it could have been worse."

• Two weeks ago, the mayor of Glendale told Gary Bettman not to ask for a meeting until the ownership picture was set. Gary scheduled meetings for next Tuesday. Before you blow this off, there really might be something to it this time, and maybe that's what GM Don Maloney felt comfortable signing a new long-term deal yesterday.

• The Fourth Period reports the new ownership group is led by Calgary businessman George Gosbee. Although you wonder how much of a businessman he can be if he's putting any of his own fortune into that money pit.

• The first thing Patrick Roy needs to do in Denver? Send this guy packing.

Ty Rattie scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to give us the Memorial Cup final we all wanted to see.

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