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LeBrun: Game 7 memories will last a lifetime

The Rangers and Lightning franchises have both made it through Game 7s that changed their reputations and added to their legacies.

Lundqvist needs to shine for Rangers in Game 7 (2:30)
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51mCraig Custance

Buffalo Sabres make 'perfect hire' with an evolved Dan Bylsma

Early on during Team USA’s world championship semifinal against Russia, head coach Todd Richards noticed that the Russians had found a way to effectively counter his set forecheck so that they were attacking the American defensemen with speed.

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.

Blackhawks, Ducks set for Game 7 matchup (0:50)
The celebrity that is the Stanley Cup (1:49)
Who wins Game 7? (0:40)
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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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Lightning: trying to become 1st team in NHL history to reach a Stanley Cup Final by eliminating 3 Original Six teams (DET, MTL, NYR).

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.