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Strang: Rangers ready to pay the price

The Rangers know they're in for a physical test against the Capitals and, banged-up or not, they're willing to sacrifice to make plays against one of the hardest-hitting teams in the league.

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5dCraig Custance

Custance: Value of Green, others on the rise

It happens every spring. A team goes on a run in the Stanley Cup playoffs and you can almost see the price tags of its potential free agents increasing, like the gauge going up at the gas pump.

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Blackhawks' stars again proving their worth

Once again, the best players -- Kane, Toews, Keith, Hossa, Sharp -- are leading the way in what's been a successful playoff run for the Blackhawks.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs Analysis

Patrick Kane: 'Turn good defense into offense' (1:00)


Stanley Cup Playoffs Highlights

Ducks blank Flames to go up 2-0 (0:41)

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4dCraig Custance

Explaining my second-round playoff picks

Craig Custance makes a case for his Stanley Cup playoffs final four of the Capitals, Lightning, Blackhawks and Ducks.

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Levy and Melrose: Stanley Cup playoffs are the best (2:21)



Stars propelling Blackhawks

It's no surprise that standout players like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith have again sparked a deep playoff run. "They produce and they win," Scott Powers writes. Stars proving worth

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New York Rangers @NYRangers

1st period #nyr stats: marc staal played a team high 8:06; chris kreider had 4 of team's 16 hits; derek stepan & rick nash both with 2 shots

End of 1st: Rangers 0, Capitals 0

The Capitals' struggling power play had 2 opportunities to put the home team ahead in the 1st period. Henrik Lundqvist (6 saves) was a big reason why Game 3 remains scoreless. Braden Holtby has also turned aside all 11 shots he's faced. Follow live

Rangers outlast game's 1st penalty

New York kept Washington off the board after a 2-minute tripping penalty on Keith Yandle. Henrik Lundqvist stopped an open Alex Ovechkin shot at close range to keep the game scoreless in the 1st. Follow live

Rangers dictating tempo early

New York has come out strong on both sides of the ice tonight in Game 3. Through the first 6 minutes of action, the Rangers have out-shot the Capitals 6-0. The game is scoreless. Follow live

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Capitals D Tim Gleason is good to, as per official roster for tonight's game. Nate Schmidt called up from minors for insurance purposes

Ovi has been thorn in Rangers' side

Alex Ovechkin has 7 goals in 6 total games vs. the Rangers this season. Can he lead the Caps to a 2-1 series edge tonight? What to watch for

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Rangers at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. ET (Tied, 1-1)

New York hits the road in a key game that's sure to be close. The Rangers' last nine playoff games have been decided by 1 goal, the longest such streak in the NHL's modern era (since 1944). Follow live

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