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Top Line: Kings out for vengeance; Selanne's classy farewell; more links

By Allan Muir

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

• That video gives me chills. Just awesome.

• The Los Angeles Kings made an art out of adjusting on the fly and erasing disadvantages as they moved to 6-0 in elimination games by knocking off the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7.

• Ronnie Shuker says the Kings are a team that old school observers and the numbers nerds can agree on.

• It wasn't a perfect ending but it was a nearly perfect career for Teemu Selanne.

• Selanne forever will be as OC as Mickey Mouse.

Justin Williams says the Kings would have saluted Selanne for 20 minutes to show their appreciation for his career. Their gracious show of respect will be remembered long after the final score of Game 7 is forgotten.

• Sadly, it sounds as if Selanne's not headed to the KHL after all.

• As series that began in storybook fashion ended with a chapter John Gibson will want to re-write. The kid showed some real moxie in his first two contests, but was undone by his defense in Games 6 and 7. He'll get a chance to prove he can carry the load full-time when next season gets underway.

• That was not the birthday celebration Corey Perry had in mind. Me, I thought he had a terrific game last night. The finish wasn't there, but there's no questioning the effort of No. 10.

• With Game 1 coming up on Sunday, the Kings must quickly shift their focus to avenging last season's conference final loss to the Blackhawks.

• His personal numbers are great and he's led the Hawks to six consecutive series victories. But does the mean Corey Crawford deserves recognition as an elite netminder?

• Should hockey fans across Canada switch their allegiances to support the Montreal Canadiens? Cathal Kelly speaks from a wellspring of common sense while Sean Gordon reveals he has no sports soul.

• Pat Hickey says Montreal's edge in goaltending and defense will swing the series against the Rangers.

• After a winter of brutal weather and worse politics, the Canadiens give a weary Quebec something to believe in.

• Jack Todd writes that smart drafting and better asset management has the Canadiens back on top.

• Larry Brooks throws a few sticks and stones at the Bruins and Pens as he sets up what he sees as an evenly matched Montreal-New York series.

Jimmy Fallon and the Canadiens have made a bet on the outcome of the Montreal-New York series. Because the Habs PR folks are brilliant, that's why.

Milan Lucic refused to apologize for his behavior in the handshake line and inspired a brilliant t-shirt. You might see me rocking one of these some day.

• The dismissal of GM Ray Shero proves that good isn't good enough for Mario Lemieux's Penguins.

Veteran defenseman Dan Boyle was devastated to learn he won't be invited back next season by the San Jose Sharks. No one likes to be told they're not wanted, but come on Dan. You had to see this coming.

• The host London Knights were beaten in the opener of the Memorial Cup last night, but it took 51 stops from Val D'Or's Antoine Bibeau to shut them down.

Anthony Mantha is so good that he may force the Red Wings to abandon their slow-roast philosophy and find him a spot in Detroit next season.

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