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Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins throws shirts into the crowd during fan appreciation night at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

It’s Here! A Look At 10 Things To Watch In The NHL Playoffs

Here’s a look at 10 things to watch when the NHL playoffs begin Wednesday with a new format, some stars returning from injuries and renewed rivalries.

04/15/2014

Eric Gelinas #22 of the New Jersey Devils is hit by Joe Colborne #8 of the Calgary Flames during the third period at Prudential Center on April 7, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Not This Year: Devils Eliminated From Playoff Contention

The Devils were eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday night after the Red Wings got a point in their shootout loss to the Penguins and the Blue Jackets defeated the Stars.

04/10/2014

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Bruins’ Effort Valiant, But Too Many Mistakes Pile Up In Game 4 Loss To Blackhawks

The Bruins’ comeback effort was great, but it didn’t matter due to all of the team’s mistakes.

06/20/2013

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Sidney Crosby’s Accusation Against Zdeno Chara Another Low Point For The Face Of The NHL

Sidney Crosby and his agent believe Zdeno Chara intentionally punched the Penguins’ captain’s jaw. Real-time video says otherwise.

06/18/2013

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Krug Itching To Redeem Himself After Game 1 Turnover

Torey Krug is ready to make up for his costly turnover in Game 1, and it sounds like the Bruins will give him that opportunity.

06/14/2013

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Kings Look Ahead After Championship Run Falls Short

Los Angeles is the 14th consecutive NHL champion to fail to repeat, but the first in four years to make it back to the conference finals the next year.

06/10/2013

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Claude Julien Credits Tim Thomas For Showing Tuukka Rask How To Seize Postseason Moment

Tuukka Rask deserves all the credit in the world for his brilliance this postseason, but Tim Thomas deserves an assist for showing him how it’s done.

06/10/2013

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Julien: ‘It’s About Bringing It Tonight’

The Boston Bruins are looking to complete the sweep and close out the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

06/07/2013

Members of the Rangers look on during the 2013 NHL playoffs. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers’ Next Coach Can’t Take Tortorella Route

It’s not about a coach forcing a style of play down his players’ throats. Those days are over. That’s the lesson of John Tortorella’s painful regime.

06/07/2013

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Gregory Campbell’s Gutsy Effort On Broken Leg Appreciated By Bruins Teammates

Everyone gives an extra effort in the playoffs, but Gregory Campbell gave even more.

06/06/2013

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Chicago’s Keith Suspended For Gm 4 Of West Finals For High-Stick

If the Chicago Blackhawks are going to end the Los Angeles Kings’ perfect postseason on home ice in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, they’ll have to do it without their top defenseman.

06/06/2013

Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara after scoring the game winning goal in double overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final at the TD Garden on June 5, 2013. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Game 3 Of Bruins-Penguins Was Everything Hockey Fans Desire

I hope you stayed up to watch the double overtime finish. Game 3 between the Bruins and Penguins had all the hallmarks of what makes playoff hockey truly remarkable.

06/06/2013

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Vokoun Starting For Penguins In Game 3 vs. Bruins

Tomas Vokoun was the first goalie off the ice at Wednesday’s morning skate, and the team announced shortly after he will start between the pipes against the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

06/05/2013

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Kings Take Game 3 With 3-1 Win Over Blackhawks

Slava Voynov had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Quick made 19 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings beat Chicago 3-1 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night, trimming the Blackhawks’ series lead to 2-1.

06/05/2013

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Bruins Playing Best Hockey Of Year, But It Remains All About ‘The Next Game’

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien says his team is playing their best hockey of the year after taking each of the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals in Pittsburgh, but is far from saying the series against the Penguins is over.

06/04/2013

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