NHL Playoffs

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CBS Local Sports’ 2014 Stanley Cup Final Predictions

It’s LA vs. NYC. It’s Quick vs. Lundqvist. It’s west coast vs. east coast and with that being said … let the games begin! Here are our predictions for what is sure to be an unforgettable and thrilling Cup Final.


Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a pad save on a shot from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period in Game Five of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 9, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Emotional Rangers Fight And Claw Their Way Back To The Garden

Derick Brassard scored twice, including New York’s first power-play goal in 10 games, and the Rangers assayed alive with a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night.


Rangers forward Chris Kreider  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Kreider May Return To Goal-Needy Rangers For Game 4

After being shut out in consecutive games by Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins, the Rangers are in desperate need of a spark to ignite their slumping offense. It may come in the form of Chris Kreider.


NHL referee Greg Kimmerly  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Friedman: Incredible NHL Playoffs Marred By More Bad Officiating Than Usual

By virtually all accounts, this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs have been outstanding. Just about everything has gone right for the NHL. Everything, that is, except for the officiating.


The Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello, right, scores past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury during the shootout at Consol Energy Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Silverman: Right Now Crosby Is A Liability And The Penguins Are Overrated

You see all the firepower and it’s easy to be in awe of the Penguins. But they are not infallible. In fact, they are loaded with liabilities — and the Rangers will exploit them all.


Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers  (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New York Rangers Playoffs Tickets Down 15% For Game 7 After Game 6 Loss

The New York Rangers head back to Madison Square Garden for a pivotal Game 7 against the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night. Those hoping to attend are in luck as ticket prices have dropped significantly on the secondary market in the last 24 hours.


Rick Nash of the New York Rangers moves the puck around Braydon Coburn of the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period in Game 6 of the teams’ first-round playoff series on April 29, 2014 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: It’s High Time Nash Joins The Garden Party

If you think momentum is going to be a big factor in Wednesday night’s seventh game between the Rangers and the Flyers, think again.


Nick Foligno #71 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is congratulated by his teammates after beating Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the game-winning goal during the overtime period in Game 4 of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Friedman: This Might Be Best 1st Round NHL Has Had In Years

Blown leads in games, blown leads in series. You name it, it’s happened. However, there are multiple explanations for this phenomenon, and the reasons vary from one matchup to another.


Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Flyers Shake Things Up In Goal Heading Into Game 4 Against Rangers

In danger of facing elimination heading back to Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia Flyers are making a change between the pipes for Friday’s Game 4 of their first-round series with the Rangers. It’s Steve Mason’s net, again.


The Rangers celebrate a goal by Dan Girardi during the second period of Game 3 of their first-round series against the Flyers in Philadelphia on April 22, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers May Be Winning, But Something Seems To Be Missing

The Rangers are coming off an important win in Game 3 of their series against the Flyers, but to think everything is just fine and dandy is putting the cart well ahead of the horse. The Blueshirts have work to do.


Martin St. Louis (center) celebrates (Credit: Getty Images)

Rangers Beat Flyers 4-1 In Game 3, Take 2-1 Lead

Derek Stepan, Martin St. Louis, Dan Girardi and Dan Carcillo scored goals, leading the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 on Tuesday night.


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.


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.


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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.


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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.