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The Rangers' Marc Staal celebrates with teammates Anton Stralman, right, and Derek Stepan, left, after scoring the winning a goal in overtime against the Capitals in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on May 7, 2012. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Snatch Victory Away From Caps, Take 3-2 Series Lead

Euphoria replaced pure panic at Madison Square Garden in a matter of moments. And even the most optimistic New York Rangers fan couldn’t have seen this one coming.

05/08/2012

Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils celebrates a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers as Jaromir Jagr skates away in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Devils Dominate Flyers, Take 3-1 Series Advantage

The Devils took Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and are a win away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.

05/07/2012

Jordan Nolan #71 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his goal for a 1-0 lead over St. Louis Blues with Colin Fraser #24 and Dustin Penner #25 during the first period in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Kings Sweep Blues To Advance To Western Conference Finals

Dustin Brown scored two goals, Jonathan Quick made 23 saves, and the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings finished an improbable four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues with a 3-1 victory Sunday, advancing to the conference finals for just the second time in club history.

05/07/2012

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Rangers Lose 3-2, Series Tied At Two Games Apiece

Mike Green’s power-play goal with 5:48 left in regulation Saturday lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the top-seeded New York Rangers

05/07/2012

Alexei Ponikarovsky scores late in overtime, giving the Devils a 4-3 win over the Flyers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series on May 3, 2012 in Newark. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Devils Live Dangerously But Somehow Stun Flyers In OT

Alexei Ponikarovsky scored on his own rebound with 2:39 left in overtime and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in this Eastern Conference semifinal series.

05/04/2012

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Rangers’ Testy Tortorella Won’t Tip Hand, Trades Barbs With Media Instead

To John Tortorella, there’s the wrong way — and then there’s his way.

05/02/2012

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Flyers Get Buried By Devils’ Four-Goal Third Period

The shots and the pressure were bound to cause the Flyers to break. They were able to escape the lapses in play and concentration in the first period of Game 1 against the New Jersey Devils, but on Tuesday, the Flyers weren’t about to squirm free this time.

05/02/2012

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Briere Lifts Flyers Past Devils In Overtime, 4-3

Danny Briere fired home the game-winning goal in overtime, lifting the Flyers to 4-3 victory on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. It was Briere’s fourth career overtime playoff-winning goal.

04/30/2012

The Devils' Stephen Gionta, left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a second-period goal against the Florida Panthers in Game 7 of the teams' Eastern Conference quarterfinals series at the BankAtlantic Center on April 26, 2012. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Henrique Goal In 2nd OT Pushes Devils Into Next Round

Adam Henrique scored his second goal of the game at 3:47 of the second overtime, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 in Game 7 early Friday to advance to second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

04/27/2012

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Rangers Survive Game 7; Face Capitals Next

It took a full seven games, but the New York Rangers will not be the second #1 seed to lose in the opening round of the NHL playoffs.

04/27/2012

The Boston Bruins salute the fans after Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 25, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Capitals Eliminate Bruins With 2-1 Overtime Win In Game 7

The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals played seven one-goal games in their first-round playoff series. That’s an NHL record.

04/26/2012

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History Favors Richards, Rangers In Game 7 At MSG

The opening round of the NHL playoffs hasn’t been kind to the Rangers in recent years. But Game 7s at Madison Square Garden? That’s a different matter entirely.

04/26/2012

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 24:  Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils scores the game-winning goal in overtime against goalie Scott Clemmensen #30 of the Florida Panthers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on April 24, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils won 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Devils Force Game 7 With Overtime Win Against Panthers, 3-2

Travis Zajac scored at 5:39 of overtime and the New Jersey Devils avoided elimination and sent yet another Eastern Conference first-round series to a seventh game with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

04/25/2012

Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks battles for the puck with Kyle Chipchura  of the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 23, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Knocked Out With Coyotes’ 4-0 Win In Game 6

Mike Smith made 39 saves and the Phoenix Coyotes scored three times in the final period to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Monday night and capture their opening-round series in six games.

04/24/2012

Henrik Lundqvist makes a save during Game 6 of the Rangers' first-round playoff series against the Senators in Ottawa on April 23, 2012. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Richards, Rangers Rise To The Occasion, Force Game 7

Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal and Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists as the top-seeded New York Rangers staved off elimination with a 3-2 victory against Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

04/24/2012

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Flyers Eliminate Penguins In Six

The Flyers devoured the Penguins with a superb performance in a 5-1 close-out victory at the Wells Fargo Center to win the best-of-seven series, four games to two.

04/23/2012

Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks (R) looks on as Colin Fraser #24 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates with Brad Richardson #15 after Richardson scored on goalie Cory Schneider #35 of the Vancouver Canucks to tie the game during the third period in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena on April 22, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Stoll’s Sudden Death Goal Helps Kings Eliminate Top-Seeded Canucks From Playoffs

Jarret Stoll beat Cory Schneider with a wrist shot at 4:27 of overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory over Vancouver on Sunday night, knocking out the top-seeded Canucks in five games in the Western Conference first-round series.

04/23/2012

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: Matt Hendricks #26 and Jay Beagle #83 of the Washington Capitals battle for the puck with Rich Peverley #49 of the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. Hendricks was called for a two minute penalty for tripping Peverley. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Bruins Beat Capitals 4-3 In OT To Force Game 7

Tyler Seguin scored at 3:17 of overtime, Tim Thomas made 36 saves, and the Boston Bruins beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Sunday.

04/23/2012

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Bruins’ Bergeron Named Selke Finalist

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is one of three finalists for the 2011-12 Frank J. Selke Trophy, the NHL announced Monday.

04/23/2012

Brandon Bollig #52 of the Chicago Blackhawks fights with Paul Bissonnette #12 of the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Coyotes Beat Blackhawks In OT, Take 3-1 Lead In Series

Game 5 is Saturday night in Arizona.

04/20/2012

Marek Zidlicky, left, and Ilya Kovalchuk 17 of the New Jersey Devils celebrate a power-play goal by teammate Zach Parise against the Florida Panthers during Game 4 of the teams' playoff series on April 19, 2012, in Newark . (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Brodeur Turns Back The Clock, Devils Lower Boom On Panthers In Game 4

Martin Brodeur bounced back from his shortest postseason performance with a record-setting 24th Stanley Cup playoff shutout, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 4-0 Game 4 victory over the Florida Panthers Thursday night.

04/20/2012

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Holtby Stops 44 As Caps Win Game 4, Draw Even With Bruins

The Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 to tie the series at two games a piece as Braden Holtby stopped 44 shots in the win.

04/20/2012

David Perron #57 congratulates Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues after they beat the San Jose Sharks in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on April 19, 2012 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Elliott Leads Blues to 2-1 Win vs Sharks in Game 4

Brian Elliott made 24 saves, B.J. Crombeen and Andy McDonald scored and the St. Louis Blues moved one win away from the second round.

04/20/2012

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman presents Jonathan Toews with the Stanley Cup. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Man Accuses Blackhawks, Cubs Of ‘Stealing His Idea To Win Championships’

An Illinois man was arrested this week for sending threatening emails to the president and owner of the Chicago Blackhawks and the former general manager of the Chicago Cubs, claiming they “stole his idea to win championships.”

04/19/2012

Chris Higgins #20 of the Vancouver Canucks looks for a reboud off a shot in front of Jonathan Quick #32 and Willie Mitchell #33 of the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Staples Center on April 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Canucks Survive As They Beat Kings 3-1 In Game 4

Cory Schneider made 43 saves and stopped Dustin Brown’s penalty shot in his first career playoff victory, Daniel Sedin sparked Vancouver’s power play in his return from injury, and the top-seeded Canucks avoided an embarrassing first-round sweep with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 on Wednesday night.

04/19/2012

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