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2016 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS OPEN THREAD- Apr 24/16

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The Rangers go out with a whimper, The Ducks take their first lead over Nashville, and the Rogues Gallery aka the Chicago Blackhawks force a game 7 against St Louis.

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LAST NIGHT'S GAMES:

- Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers got ventilated again, giving up all 6 goals in a 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday. Matt Cullen got the winner, and they got 2 from Bryan Rust, plus goals from Carl Hagelin, Connor Sheary and a PPG from Phil Kessel. Rick Nash, Dominic Moore and Chris Krieder scored for the Rangers. It's another win for rookie Matt Murray, who's played so well it could be a tough decision when Marc-Andre Fleury is ready to return to the lineup. They await the winner of the Washington/Philadelphia series, both of which are intriguing matchups for the Pens.

- David Perron, Ryan Garbutt, Sami Vatanen, Cam Fowler and Ryan Kesler scored for the Anaheim Ducks as they became the first team to win at home in this series, and now lead the Nashville Predators 3-2 heading back to Music City. Ryan Johansen and Miikka Salomaki replied for the Preds, who will look to send this back to Anaheim for a game 7.

- St Louis let a 3-1 lead slip from their fingers, and fell 6-3 to the Chicago Blackhawks. Dale Weise got the winner late in the 2nd period after being a healthy scratch in Game 5, and it even included a goal from Mr. 'I just got back from being suspended for being a disgusting human being' Andrew Shaw. Game 7 goes on Monday, and here's hoping the Blues have a Dragonslayer among them. For the greater good...

TODAY'S GAMES

- The Cinderella Philadelphia Flyers are at home looking to stay alive and force a Game 7 against the Presidents' Trophy winners, the Washington Capitals. Michal Neuvirth has become the biggest story of the playoffs, stoning his former team repeatedly in 2 straight wins. The Caps have managed just one goal past him, despite outshooting the Flyers 44-11 in the last game, one that saw Neuvirth get the shutout.

- Dallas can punch their ticket to the next round with a win in Minneapolis today, and I am sure there will be some sort of pregame tribute to Prince, Minnesota's fallen rock icon. The Wild pulled off a crazy comeback OT win in the last game, and have shown a lot of grit against the much more talented Stars. Getting a lot of deja-vu from that series they had with the Canucks years ago...

- The Islanders will be looking to win their first playoff series since 1993 today at the Barclays Center as they look to knock off the Florida Panthers. Can Roberto Luongo shut the door and bring this to a winner takes all Game 7? Is Jaromir Jagr actually alive. We'll see tonight...