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Lundqvist stands tall, Rangers beat Lightning 5-1 in Game 4

Lundqvist rebounds, Nash scores twice to help Rangers beat Lightning 5-1 in Game 4
Fred Goodall, The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - Henrik Lundqvist and a couple of other old standbys picked a nice time to reassert themselves for the New York Rangers.

New York's star goalie reverted to his reliable ways after two subpar performances, and Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis emerged from playoff scoring droughts Friday night to help the Rangers shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Ducks beat Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of Western finals

Andersen makes 27 saves, Ducks beat Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of Western Conference finals
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Frederik Andersen and the Anaheim Ducks left that grueling Game 2 loss back in Anaheim. They brought their special teams to Chicago.

Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Kucherov scores in OT, Lightning beat Rangers 6-5 in Game 3

Nikita Kucherov scores early in OT, Lightning beat Rangers 6-5 in Game 3 of East finals
Fred Goodall, The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Lightning were relentless, answering every challenge from the New York Rangers before taking control of the Eastern Conference finals on Nikita Kucherov's overtime goal.

Kucherov delivered his second winner of the playoffs 3:33 into the extra period Wednesday night, giving his team a 6-5 victory and 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series that continues Friday night at Amalie Arena.

Kruger puts Blackhawks past Ducks 3-2 in 3rd OT of Game 2

Marcus Kruger tips Blackhawks past Ducks 3-2 in 3rd OT of Game 2, evening series
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Blackhawks tried just about everything to get a puck past Frederik Andersen while Game 2 of the Western Conference finals wound through three overtime periods and deep into the night, eventually becoming the longest game in Chicago's 89-year history.

Andrew Shaw even headed the puck into the net — which was amazing, but illegal.

Andersen's Ducks knock off Blackhawks 4-1 in WCF opener

Frederik Andersen stands tall as Anaheim Ducks beat Blackhawks 4-1 in West Conf finals opener
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Frederik Andersen lunged forward and stretched out his stick, taking a desperate chance to stop Patrick Kane. The Chicago star's shot somehow glanced off Andersen's lumber and flew over a painfully open net.

Andersen kept the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference finals opener while his teammates got rolling. When they did, the Ducks streaked out to yet another early series lead.

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