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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.

Levy and Melrose: The science of playoff cheating (2:17)
Can the Wild get back in the series? (1:03)

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.

Farewell to Nassau Coliseum (2:56)
Levy and Melrose: Intensity in the playoffs (1:52)


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



Deja vu for Blackhawks, Wild

  • Sunday night: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game 2. Blackhawks win 4-1 to take 2-0 series lead in Western Conference semis.
  • A year ago today: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game 2. Blackhawks win 4-1 to take 2-0 series lead in Western Conference semis.

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Boston Bruins @NHLBruins

Torey has at least a point all of Team USA's games (including exhibition). 3 assists, 1 goal through three games of the tournament.

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Krug notched a PPG in Team USA's 4-2 win over Russia today, while Eriksson scored a hat trick in Sweden's 8-1 win over Latvia

Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN

Alain Vigneault on facing Caps' skill players: "We took the Crosby/Mallon challenge head on. We're going to take this one head on. " #NYR

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

John Moore just laid out in front of a Vladimir Tarasenko one-timer. USA protecting a 1-goal lead vs. stacked Russians w/10 minutes to go.