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Boston Bruins (1)
  Montreal Canadiens (8)

Series Storylines: This will be the 32nd playoff meeting between the "Original Six" franchises - the most between any two teams in NHL history. It has been a one-sided story over the years, with Montreal winning 24 of the previous 31 series - including the past three (in 2002, 2004 and 2008) and an amazing 18 straight from 1946 through 1987. But, the Bruins went 5-0-1 against the Canadiens this season and 3-0-0 in Boston. The teams compiled almost identical penalty-killing records - Montreal ranked 11th in the League, Boston 12th. On the power play, there was a bit of a discrepancy, with Boston 4th in the top five and Montreal (13th) in the middle of the NHL pack.
Foxy Says: Boston in Five
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Washington Capitals (2)
  New York Rangers (7)

Series Storylines: Rivals during their Patrick Division days, the Caps and Rangers met four times in the playoffs - splitting those series - from 1986 through 1994. In 1986, G John Vanbiesbrouck led the fourth-place Rangers to a second-round upset of a 107-point Washington team. In 1990, the Caps returned the favor, eliminating the first-place Rangers behind John Druce's stunning explosion of postseason goals. The Caps boast a lethal one-two offensive combination in the League in Maurice Richard Trophy-winning LW Alex Ovechkin (56 goals) and defenseman Mike Green (31 goals). No Ranger scored 30 goals or 60 points and none of their defenseman reached double figures in goals. But they had the league's best penalty-killing unit and a goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, who recorded a career-high 38 victories.
Foxy Says: Capitals in Five
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GAME 7: Rangers at Capitals, Tuesday, April 28, 4 p.m.


New Jersey Devils (3)
  Carolina Hurricanes (6)

Series Storylines: New Jersey and Carolina have met in the playoffs three previous times. On each occasion, the series winner went on to reach the Stanley Cup Final. In 2001, the Devils beat the Hurricanes in six games in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and reached the Cup Final, losing to Colorado. In 2002, Carolina won the Clubs’ first-round matchup and made it to the Final, losing to Detroit. In 2006, on its way to winning the Stanley Cup, Carolina defeated New Jersey in five games in the conference semis. Goaltenders Martin Brodeur of New Jersey and Cam Ward of Carolina will reprise their 2006 playoffs duel, which Ward won by holding the Devils to two goals or fewer in four of five games. The two could well be teammates on the Canadian Olympic Team next February in Vancouver as Brodeur is an Olympic and World Cup gold medalist and Ward among the best young veterans in the game.
Foxy Says: Devils in Six
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GAME 7: Hurricanes at Devils, Tuesday, April 28, 4:30 p.m. PDT


Pittsburgh Penguins (4)
  Philadelphia Flyers (5)

Series Storylines: This will be the fifth playoff meeting of these Keystone State rivals and the second in as many springs. The Penguins knocked off the Flyers in five games in last year's Eastern Conference Finals. Philly prevailed in 1989, 1997 and 2000. There might be no better match-up of opposing front-line firepower in these playoffs. The Penguins, of course, are led by the dynamic duo of C Evgeni Malkin, who won the League scoring title with 113 points, and C Sidney Crosby, who finished third with 103 points. The Flyers boast a league-high six 25-goal scorers, led by C Jeff Carter, who broke out to score 46 goals this season.
Foxy Says: Penguins in Seven
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