Rangers head to 2nd round, await Capitals or Islanders (The Associated Press)

The New York Rangers aren't accustomed to this. Now, after four straight 2-1 victories - the clincher in Game 5 Friday night against Pittsburgh on Carl Hagelin's overtime goal - they actually get some time to, as coach Alain Vigneault put it, ''heal some bumps and bruises.'' New York will face the winner of the Capitals-Islanders series, which Washington led 3-2 heading into Saturday's game at Nassau Coliseum. Rather than look ahead to a potential next opponent, the Rangers looked forward to some rest. ''We will take the next couple of days here to recuperate and recover and we'll get right back to strategizing for the next series and getting ready.'' One of the injuries came in the first period to forward Mats Zuccarello.

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Success in NHL playoffs hinges on star players at their best (The Associated Press)

A group of young, emerging prospects are moving to the forefront in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Daniel Sedin and Vancouver are hoping to draw even in their first-round series against Calgary when they take on the Flames in Game 6 tonight. Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson, Nashville's Filip Forsberg and Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov also are back in action in their respective series.

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NHL -Highlights of Friday's National Hockey League playoff games (Reuters)

(Adds late game) April 24 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's National Hockey League playoff games: - - - Rangers 2, Penguins 1 (Overtime) Carl Hagelin scored with 9:08 remaining in overtime as the New York Rangers clinched their first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers won the best-of-seven series 4-1 and will face the winner of the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals series in the second round.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 25, 2015 at 12:47 am

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Dose: Sens live to play again (Rotoworld)

The Saturday Dose looks at the Senators extending their series and the elimination of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 25, 2015 at 12:38 am

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Success in NHL playoffs hinges on best players being stars (The Associated Press)

A group of young, emerging prospects are moving to the forefront in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Daniel Sedin and Vancouver are hoping to draw even in their first-round series against Calgary when they take on the Flames in Game 6 on Saturday night. Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson, Nashville's Filip Forsberg and Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov also are back in action in their respective series.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 24, 2015 at 8:35 pm

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Capitals-Islanders Preview (The Associated Press)

The crowd has seemingly played just as big a part as the players in the first-round postseason series between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. The Nassau Coliseum faithful, though, are facing the possibility of rooting for the Islanders for the final time. The Islanders have played at Nassau Coliseum since their inaugural season in 1972-73, highlighted by winning the Stanley Cup in four straight years in the early '80s.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 24, 2015 at 6:40 pm

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Senators-Canadiens Preview (The Associated Press)

Having essentially been in must-win mode since mid-February, the Ottawa Senators' desperate play in a Game 4 victory against the Montreal Canadiens came as no surprise. Neither should a similar effort in Game 5 on Friday night, when the Senators will again try to stave off elimination as their opening series shifts back to the Bell Centre. "It feels like we've been playing games like this for awhile now," defenseman Erik Karlsson said. "Our approach hasn't really changed." The urgency may seem identical, but a dramatic postseason run for Ottawa would not exactly resemble their regular-season surge.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 24, 2015 at 9:23 am

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NHL-Highlights of Thursday's NHL playoffs games (Reuters)

(Adds late games) April 23 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Thursday's National Hockey League playoffs games. - - - Lightning 3, Red Wings 2 (overtime) Tyler Johnson's second goal of the game 2:25 into overtime completed Tampa Bay's comeback from a two-goal deficit against Detroit and tied their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at two games all. Johnson also had an assist while Ondrej Palat had a goal and a helper and goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 22 shots. The Red Wings held a 2-0 lead deep into the third period but let it slip away as the Lightning scored twice in a span of about a minute.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 24, 2015 at 1:15 am

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NHL play-offs quarterfinal results (Reuters)

April 24 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the NHL Play-offs Quarterfinal games on Thursday (home team in CAPS) 1 2 3 OT T DETROIT 0 2 0 0 2 Tampa Bay 0 0 2 1 3 (The best-of-seven series is level at 2-2) 1 2 3 T WASHINGTON 1 1 3 5 NY Islanders 1 0 0 1 (Washington lead the best-of-seven series by 3-2) 1 2 3 T Chicago 1 0 1 2 NASHVILLE 1 0 4 5 (Chicago lead the best-of-seven series by 3-2) 1 2 3 T Calgary 1 0 0 1 VANCOUVER 0 1 1 2 (Calgary lead the best-of-seven series by 3-2)

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Capitals beat Islanders, Halak 5-1 for 3-2 series lead (The Associated Press)

With some fist pumps and a punch of the glass, Washington Capitals rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrated the first playoff goal of his long-thought-promising career. By the time the 22-year-old Russian netted his second, the crowd's raucous chants of ''We are louder!'' were ringing throughout the arena as a bunch of secondary scoring put Washington on the verge of eliminating the New York Islanders. ''Everybody wants to score the goal,'' Kuznetsov said. Only (teams) win the Cup.'' Dominating despite zero points from Alex Ovechkin or Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals beat the Islanders 5-1 Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference series, with goals coming from less-heralded players such as Karl Alzner, Brooks Laich and Jason Chimera.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 24, 2015 at 12:33 am

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