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Capitals reclaim series advantage

Jay Beagle's second-period goal stood as the winner as the Caps shut out the Rangers to take a 2-1 series lead.

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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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1hScott Powers

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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8mScott Burnside

Devils' hiring of GM Ray Shero is long overdue

Hiring GM Ray Shero is a few years too late as there's a reason the Devils missed the playoffs three straight seasons, and it starts at the top.

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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.

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)



Final: Capitals 1, Rangers 0

One goal was all Washington needed for Braden Holtby, who turned in his 2nd career playoff shutout tonight. Holtby's 30 saves and Jay Beagle's goal give the Capitals a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Box score

Capitals clinging to 1-goal lead

The Rangers have had chances -- many of them, actually. But Braden Holtby has been a stone wall in goal, turning aside all 27 shots on net. Washington leads 1-0 in just over 3 minutes left in regulation. Follow live

End of 2nd: Capitals 1, Rangers 0

Jay Beagle's goal at the 7:31 mark in the 2nd has given Washington a 1-goal lead entering the final period of Game 3. Braden Holtby has stopped all 20 shots he's faced so far. The series is tied 1-1. Follow live

Young fan's mind blown by beard

Seven-year-old cancer patient Niko Greco regularly sends videos to Ducks LW Patrick Maroon. But he almost didn't recognize him with his playoff beard.


Capitals strike first

Jay Beagle skated around the net, flicked a shot toward the left post and it deflected in off Henrik Lundqvist's skate to give Washington a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period. Braden Holtby (14 saves) is still pitching a shutout. Follow live

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