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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.

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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.

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



NHL: Devils hire Ray Shero as GM, held same role with Penguins from 2006-14; Lou Lamoriello to stay in role as president

Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN

New Jersey Devils announce that Ray Shero has been hired as new general manager. That's an excellent move. Experience, class, vision #NJD

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

Wild coach Mike Yeo: "There's not a lack of motivation. There's not a lack of confidence. It was a lack of focus."

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

Wild coach Mike Yeo said forward Justin Fontaine (lower body) remains day-to-day. He missed Game 2 with the injury.

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

Wild coach Mike Yeo said forward Chris Stewart, who crashed hard into the boards and missed a few shifts in Game 2, is fine for Game 3.

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

Wild watched video today from Game 2 loss. Yeo: "It's one thing to say it, but we just needed to see it."