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Monday's Notes: Ellis leads Spitfires to title

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  • In last night's playoff action, the Chicago Blackhawks finished off a sweep of the San Jose Sharks to advance into the Stanley Cup Finals.
  • 'I took a breath and it felt like my whole mouth was missing'. Duncan Keith is just the latest hockey player to need dental work after getting hit by a puck. [Tribune]
  • Dustin Byfuglien scored his third game winner in four games against San Jose. Perhaps its a bit early to anoint him the 'best power forward in the NHL', but there hasn't been a more effective player in the Conference Finals. [NHL]
  • The window of opportunity is now for Chicago, who will owe 1 million over the salary cap (57m) to just fourteen players next year. [CBC]
  • Justin Bourne asks some gut check questions about the Sharks. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Czech Republic upset Russia yesterday to win the gold medal at Worlds. [IIHF]
  • Senators fans - still bitter about losing dynamic forward Dany Heatley. [Silver Seven]
  • Predators defensive prospect (drafted 11th overall last year) Ryan Ellis registered 3 points in a Memorial Cup winning effort for the Windsor Spitfires, his OHL team. Will we see him in Milwaukee next year? Due to age, Ellis is only eligible for the OHL or NHL. [Memorial Cup]
  • Jeremy acknowledges that the Predators made the right pick in Ellis, and wonders if he might make the opening night lineup in 2010-11. [Section 303]
  • Rachel begins to wrap up each player's performance this season, starting with Wade Belak and Dan Hamhuis. [What the Puck]