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The surging Pittsburgh Penguins hope the third time is the charm as they prepare to face the New York Rangers in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs beginning today. The Rangers have knocked Sidney Crosby and the Penguins out of the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. They face off at 8 p.m. Pittsburgh enters the postseason as the hottest team in the NHL, going 14-2 down the stretch to leapfrog New York in the Metropolitan Division and earn home ice. Meanwhile Detroit will take on Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. Chicago sees St. Louis at 9:30 p.m.

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In the NBA, Miami topped New York 98-81, Dallas beat Minnesota 128-101, Atlanta won against Charlotte 87-76, Orlando bested Philadelphia 130-116, Portland defeated Indiana 111-102, and it was Detroit over Minnesota 128-101.

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In baseball, in the American League, Boston doubled up Toronto 12-6, Texas blanked Baltimore 2-0, Oakland shut out Seattle 4-0, Cleveland edged Tampa Bay 5-4 in 10 innings, and it was Minnesota over Kansas City 2-0.

In the National League, the Cubs bested the Mets 6-1, Milwaukee edged Philadelphia 8-7 in 11 innings, Miami slid past San Francisco 5-4, Atlanta won against Washington 2-1, San Diego beat St. Louis 5-3 in 11 innings, and it was Arizona over Colorado 8-1.

In interleague play, Pittsburgh beat Detroit 8-4.

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In the NHL playoffs, Tampa Bay skated by the Rangers 6-5 in overtime. The Lightning leads the series 2-1.

The Boston Bruins have elevated Don Sweeney to general manager. Sweeney has spent the past six seasons as the assistant general manager and takes over for Peter Chiarelli, who was fired last month after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years and four years after a Stanley Cup championship.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, who haven't made the playoffs in a decade, are making a big bet on the man they hope will help them end that streak. The Leafs have hired highly respected NHL coach Mike Babcock, who has coached Detroit the past 10 years. Babcock signed an eight-year, $50 million dollar deal that makes him the highest-paid coach in the NHL.

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In the NHL playoffs, Tampa Bay tripled up the Rangers 6-2 to tie the series at 1 game apiece. Tyler Johnson scored the first hat trick in Lightning playoff history, and Tampa Bay got its high-scoring offense in gear. Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan scored for the Rangers in the wide-open, penalty-filled matchup. Henrik Lundqvist gave up six on just 26 shots. The series now shifts to Florida.

The Philadelphia Flyers hired Dave Hakstol to replace head coach Craig Berube. Hakstol spent the last 11 seasons at North Dakota, where he compiled a 289-143-43 record. He just guided North Dakota to a 29-10-3 mark and a berth in the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four.

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In baseball, in the American League, Toronto bested the Angels 10-6, the White Sox topped Cleveland 2-1 in 10 innings, and it was Oakland over Houston 2-1. The Yankees and the Red Sox had the day off. The Yankees start a series against Washington and the Red Sox take on Texas.

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In the NHL playoffs, the Rangers bested Washington 2-1 in overtime to take the series 4-3 at game 7 in New York. The Rangers face Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals.

NBA:

In the NBA playoffs, Atlanta squeaked by Washington 82-81 for a 3-2 series lead and it was Golden State over Memphis 98-78 giving the Warriors a 3-2 series lead.

MLB:

In baseball, in the American League, Boston blanked Oakland 2-0, Tampa Bay beat the Yankees 3-2, Texas won against Kansas City 5-2, Minnesota tripled up Detroit 6-2, and it was Baltimore over Toronto 6-1.

In the National League, the Cubs defeated the Mets 2-1, Philadelphia edged Pittsburgh 3-2, Washington bested Arizona 9-6, Miami topped the Dodgers 5-4, and it was Cincinnati over Atlanta 5-1.

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In the NHL playoffs, the Rangers were able to stave off elimination by defeating Washington 4-3 last night, tying the series at 3 games apiece, and Anaheim topped Calgary 3-2 in overtime to clinch the series 4-1. The Ducks face the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals.

NBA:

In the NBA playoffs, Cleveland beat Chicago 86-84 to tie the series at 2 games apiece and the Clippers won against Houston 128-95, Los Angeles leads the series 3-1.

MLB:

In baseball, in the American League, the Yankees tripled up Baltimore 6-2, Boston doubled up Toronto 6-3, Cleveland topped Minnesota 8-2, Texas edged Tampa Bay 2-1, the Angels bested Houston 3-1, Seattle slid past Oakland 4-3, and it was Kansas City over Detroit 2-1 in 10 innings.

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In the NHL playoffs, Washington topped the Rangers 1-0 giving the Capitals a 2-1 series lead.

Lou Lamoriello is stepping down as the New Jersey Devils' general manager, and handing the job to Ray Shero. Lamoriello will stay on as president of hockey operations. He has led the Devils since 1987 and guided them to three Stanley Cups. Shero was let go as the Pittsburgh Penguins' general manager last May. He's the son of former Flyers and New York Rangers coach Fred Shero.

The Boston Bruins' Loui Eriksson and Torey Krug helped their respective teams win yesterday at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship in the Czech Republic. Eriksson scored a hat trick in Sweden's 8-1 victory over Latvia, while Krug notched a goal in Team USA's 4-2 win over Russia.

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In the NHL playoffs, the Rangers topped Pittsburgh in overtime 2-1 to improve to a 3-1 series lead, Ottawa blanked Montreal 1-0 to hold off elimination trailing 3-1 in the series, St. Louis routed Minnesota 6-1 tying the series at 2 games apiece, and Anaheim swept Winnipeg 5-2 to advance to the second round.

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In the NHL Playoffs, the Rangers edged Pittsburgh 2-1 for a 2-1 series lead, Minnesota blanked St. Louis 3-0 for a 2-1 series lead, and it was Anaheim over Winnipeg in overtime 5-4 putting the Ducks one win away from Round 2.

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In the first of a seven game series in the NHL playoffs, the Rangers edged Pittsburgh 2-1, Detroit skated by Tamp Bay 3-2, Minnesota doubled up St. Louis 4-2, and it was Anaheim over Winnipeg 4-2.

NFL:

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been cleared to return to the NFL after missing most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas.

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NBA:

In the NBA, Dallas topped New York 107-87, Miami bested Brooklyn 95-91, Washington beat Minnesota 109-95, Memphis won against Golden State 105-98 ending their 16-game winning streak, New Orleans squeaked by Utah 119-111, and it was Oklahoma City over Sacramento 104-92.

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In the NHL, the Rangers shut out Pittsburgh 5-0, the Islanders blanked Colorado 6-0, New Jersey beat Minnesota 3-1, Montreal won against Winnipeg 3-0, Washington doubled up Columbus 4-2, Florida bested San Jose 4-1, Chicago topped Tampa Bay in a shootout 3-2, Nashville beat Edmonton 3-2, Dallas defeated Arizona 4-3, Vancouver skated by Ottawa in a shootout 4-3, and it was St. Louis over Buffalo 6-1.

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Andrew Luck was 25 of 46 for 354 yards and four touchdowns as the Indianapolis Colts won for the sixth time in seven games, ripping the New York Giants 40-24. He hit Coby Fleener for a 32-yard TD in the first half and added scoring throws of 31 yards to T.Y. Hilton, 40 yards to Reggie Wayne and 2 yards to Dwayne Allen in the third period. The Colts are 6-3 following Luck's franchise-record seventh consecutive 300-yard passing game.

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The Dallas Cowboys won their sixth straight by beating the New York Giants 31-21 yesterday. Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes, and DeMarco Murray broke Jim Brown's 56-year-old NFL record with his seventh straight 100-yard rushing game to start a season. Eli Manning had three touchdown passes for the Giants, who have lost to the NFC East's top two teams in consecutive weeks.

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The San Francisco Giants are National League champions for the third time in five seasons after Travis Ishikawa belted a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift San Francisco past St. Louis 6-3. The Cardinals led 3-2 until pinch-hitter Michael Morse socked a solo homer in the eighth inning. The Giants will travel to Kansas City for Game 1 of the World Series against the Royals on Tuesday.

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There’s a new program with the New York Rangers that will benefit two communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, one of which is in the Hudson Valley.