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Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings talks to teammates Dustin Brown #23 and Justin Williams #14 in the second period while taking on the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Penner’s OT Goal Takes Kings To Stanley Cup Final

Dustin Penner scored 17:42 into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup finals for the second time as a franchise after beating the Phoenix Coyotes with a 4-3 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night.

05/23/2012

Travis Zajac is mobbed by teammates after scoring the Devils' second goal of Game 4. New Jersey went on to beat the Rangers, 4-1 at the Prudential Center on May 21, 2012 in Newark. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Devils Make East Finals A Best Of 3 With Convincing Game 4 Victory

Martin Brodeur made 27 saves and survived a third-period punch to the chest by old buddy Mike Rupp as the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers, 4-1, Monday night, evening the Eastern Conference Finals, 2-2.

05/22/2012

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Coyotes Beat Kings 2-0 To Avoid Sweep

Coyotes emphatically avoided playoff elimination with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

05/21/2012

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Kings Beat Phoenix, Move To Brink Of Stanley Cup Final

Dwight King scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, Jonathan Quick made 18 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings rolled to the brink of their first Stanley Cup final in 19 years with a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

05/18/2012

Members of the Devils surround teammate Ilya Kovalchuk, center, following his first-period goal against the Rangers on May 16, 2012 at Madison Square Garden. New Jersey evened the teams' Eastern Conference Finals series at a game apiece with a 3-2 win. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Devils Silence Garden Faithful, Get Better Of Rangers In Game 2

David Clarkson’s deflected goal 2:31 into the third period snapped a tie and lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers that evened the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece on Wednesday night.

05/17/2012

Goaltender Jonatha Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a glove save as Martin Hanzal #11 of the Phoenix Coyotes looks for the rebound in the third period of Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on May 15, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Kings Shutout Coyotes 4-0 To Match NHL Record With 7-Straight Road Playoff Wins

Jeff Carter scored three goals, Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots and the Los Angeles Kings matched an NHL record with their seventh straight road playoff victory, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 Tuesday night to take control of Western Conference finals.

05/16/2012

The Rangers' Chris Kreider, center, celebrates his third-period goal with teammates Artem Anisimov, right, and Derek Stepan against the visiting Devils in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference finals series on May 14, 2012. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Tired? Worn Down? Rangers Bury Devils Under 3rd Period Avalanche In Game 1

After 14 games and two nail-biting playoff series wins, the New York Rangers insist they have plenty left to make a run at the Stanley Cup. If any proof was needed, Henrik Lundqvist provided it with a shutout victory over the well-rested New Jersey Devils on Monday.

05/15/2012

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Four Teams Left With A Chance To Lift Stanley Cup

Four teams remain in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but which team has the best chance to win?

05/14/2012

A shot by the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (not pictured) gets by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period of Game 6 on May 9, 2012, in Washington. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Rangers’ Season Once Again Down To 1 Game Following Game 6 Loss

Alex Ovechkin rebounded from a rare zero-shot performance by scoring after 88 seconds Wednesday night, Braden Holtby made 30 saves, and the Washington Capitals forced a Game 7 with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.

05/10/2012

The Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk, right, celebrates his power-play goal at 5:00 of the third period against the Flyers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 8, 2012 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Devils Advance To Eastern Conference Finals For First Time In 9 Years

Bryce Salvador, David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk scored goals to lift New Jersey to a 3-1 Game 5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, sending the Devils into the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2003.

05/09/2012

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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