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Washington Capitals v New York Rangers

Video: Previewing the second round

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The first round is over, but don’t plan on taking a big hockey break. The 2012 playoffs’ semifinals are scheduled  to begin tonight with Game 1 of the Nashville Predators-Phoenix Coyotes series, which begins at 9 pm ET on NBC Sports Network.

Keith Jones and Mike Milbury break down the second round for your viewing pleasure in the video below.

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Rangers’ top line brings some star power into Thursday, too

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The New York Rangers likely stemmed some of the stress tide by winning a sneaky-challenging 4-2 game against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight, but nothing they could do will negate the hype going into Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Obviously, it’ll all be about Sidney Crosby, with maybe a dollop of interesting in the Atlantic Division title ramifications.

The Penguins would be wise to note the star power of their opponents, though – and not just all-world goalie Henrik Lundqvist. As the following video shows, the Rangers have recently been powered by the talented line of super playmaker Brad Richards, elite sniper Marian Gaborik and up-and-coming speedster Carl Hagelin.

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Going further, Richards went a little deeper on his personal recent success, particularly his eagerness to put a few more pucks on net than he once was doing.

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As fantastic as this Rangers team has been, it seems like the more defense-heavy teams are a bit difficult to gauge in the scheme of the Stanley Cup race. (See also: the St. Louis Blues.) Games like Thursday’s should act as a solid test even if it remains a small sample, but don’t assume that the only stars will be rolling for Pittsburgh.

Video: Bears linebacker Lance Briggs shoots the puck fairly well

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Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs talks a pretty big game, which makes sense since he’s been in the Pro Bowl a whopping seven times. He participated in the Chicago Blackhawks’ Shoot a Puck competition, but he fell a bit short – much like the Hawks did in dropping a 3-1 decision to the Dallas Stars.

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Not bad, but he’s no Jamie Benn.

Montreal catches Detroit sleeping, take first period 4-0

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If there are such things as “trap games” in the NHL, then that might just be happening as the Montreal Canadiens currently have a jaw-dropping 6-0 lead over the Detroit Red Wings.

Go ahead and get the inevitable jokes out of your system. The elderly Red Wings took advantage of the All-Star weekend’s early bird special. Or maybe go with a Tim Thomas joke: “Detroit decides that the 82-game season has grown as bloated as the federal government.”

To many, this is all about Detroit sleepwalking through the last game before the All-Star break, but Montreal is worthy of credit for sticking it to a great team. Enjoy highlights of a surprising 4-0 first period below:

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Milbury and Jones explain the streaking Blues

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The St. Louis Blues used last night’s 1-0 victory against the Dallas Stars to vault themselves into a tie for the best record in the Western Conference with 60 points in 45 games. It’s no secret that the team turned the proverbial corner when Ken Hitchcock took over for Davis Payne at the beginning of November. They’ve earned points in 27 of 32 games under their new boss (21-5-6) and they’ve gone 11-0-2 in their last 13 games at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. No matter how you cut it, this team is streaking.

Watch as Keith Jones and Mike Milbury weigh-in on the Blues recent success.

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