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Fans react to Claude Giroux's suspension

05/07/2012 06:04 EDT | Updated 07/07/2012 05:12 EDT

Day 26 of the Stanley Cup playoffs marked the end of the road for the St. Louis Blues, a milestone for Martin Brodeur, and a nasty hit by Claude Giroux.

Without further ado, here are your top five stories from Sunday around the NHL:

1. If at first you don't succeed, try to sweep again. The Los Angeles Kings needed five games to vanquish the Vancouver Canucks but only required the bare minimum to end the St. Louis Blues' season on Sunday afternoon. It was the first four-game sweep in franchise history for L.A., who will face the winner of the Phoenix-Nashville series.

2. As for how the Blues are feeling, the look on the face of goalie Brian Elliott said a lot (as told by you) in today's caption contest. And then Elliott and Kevin Shattenkirk said more about the sharp, sudden end to their playoff dreams.

3. Martin Brodeur celebrated his 40th birthday with a 4-2 win over Philadelphia, but it was his Devils teammate Dainius Zubrus that may have been the one wondering his age or where he was after this hit by the Flyers' Claude Giroux. Zubrus had the last laugh as he scored the winner and added an empty-netter to take a 3-1 series lead.

4. On the latest installment of Coach's Corner, Don Cherry reiterated that the Predators benching forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for both Games 3 and 4 was the wrong move, and "they didn't have the guts to play them." As for the Coyotes, they'll try and eliminate the Predators without the services of Rostislav Klesla, who was suspended for one game.

5. Could a member of the Maple Leafs' front office soon be trading in his blue and white for the bleu, blanc et rouge of the Montreal Canadiens? Reports indicate that Toronto's current director of player personnel Rick Dudley has drawn the interest of the Habs to fill their assistant GM position vacancy.

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