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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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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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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)

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Stanley Cup Playoffs Highlights

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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: Intensity in the playoffs (1:52)

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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.

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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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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