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Strang: How Lightning can win Game 7

After squandering a chance to close out the East finals at home, the Lightning must be at their best in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden.

Lundqvist needs to shine for Rangers in Game 7 (2:30)
Goaltenders the key in Game 7 (1:10)

Stanley Cup finals schedule

The schedule for the Stanley Cup finals has been released. All that's left to complete it are some teams to contest for the big silver fella.

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McIndoe: 20 playoff controversies

The debate over Andrew Shaw's disallowed header is the most recent in a string of controversies -- some major, some overblown -- that have surfaced during the postseason.

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Melrose: Lundqvist has been fantastic

Barry Melrose says Game 7 comes down to one thing: Goaltending. "I don't believe in momentum, I don't believe in home ice, but I do believe in a hot goaltender and the Rangers got that."


Lightning Video: Barry Melrose calls on Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson to solve Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist in Game 7


Rangers Video: Barry Melrose says home ice in a Game 7 doesn't matter, but a hot goalie like Henrik Lundqvist does


Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

#NYR Alain Vigneault: "I've got a lot of faith and trust in our preparation." Said it then falls on players to have right mindset.

The secret life of a hockey pioneer

In the summer of 2013-14, the NHL started taking stat guys seriously. It should have been a moment for celebration. But just as the summer of fancy stats took off, the community took a massive blow: Pioneer Tore Purdy, someone who should have had his pick of NHL jobs, died at 28. A trailblazer

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Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Country music in #NYR dressing room. Mood light. You wouldn't know Game 7 starts in nine hours in here.

Rangers hope to jump ahead early

When the Rangers lead after the 2nd period in BOTH the regular and postseason this year, they are 43-0-1, including 7-0 in the playoffs. Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals is tonight at 8 p.m. ET.