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Ruslan Fedotenko #19 of the New York Rangers has decided to go without a playoff beard this season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Ruslan Fedotenko #19 of the New York Rangers has decided to go without a playoff beard this season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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WEDNESDAY'S GAMES

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Washington Capitals at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Capitals lead series 2-1

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m.

Penguins lead series 2-1

Philadelphia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m.

Flyers leads series 2-1

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators, 8:30 p.m.

Predators lead series 2-1

Detroit Red Wings at Phoenix Coyotes, 10:30 p.m.

Red Wings lead series 3-0

All times Eastern

BY THE NUMBERS

0

Power-play goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 15 attempts in their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Think they aren't missing Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin? Still, they lead the series 2-1.

4

Goals the Pens have given up in Tampa Bay's 11 chances with the man-advantage.

HILLER GOES HOME

The Anaheim Ducks have sent goaltender Jonas Hiller home from Nashville because of recurring vertigo symptoms, the team announced via its official Twitter feed on Tuesday.

Hiller won 26 games this season with a 2.56 goals-against average and .924 save percentage, earning him a spot in the all-star game, but he's appeared in just three games since returning from Raleigh.

Dan Ellis and Ray Emery have split the goaltending duties in the Ducks' first-round playoff series against the Predators, with Emery relieving an ineffective Ellis in the opener and starting each of the past two games.

Anaheim trails the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game 4 in Nashville on Wednesday.

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QUOTABLE

"It's worked for me two times, and I'm not going to change it." ~ Ruslan Fedotenko

The 32-year-old New York Rangers forward rejects the NHL tradition of growing a playoff beard, saying his clean-shaven approach has brought him good fortune before. He's won Stanley Cups with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins before.

"I'd never thought I'd say this to my hockey team. We've got to start diving because it's working. It is working. They're getting power plays because of the diving. I can go through the list of players. You already know who they are. You've seen them. It's ridiculous." ~Bob Murray

The Anaheim Ducks general manager tells the Orange County Register he's tired of watching the Nashville Predators get power plays by diving. Murray cited a Game 2 call against Brad Winchester of the Ducks when Nashville forward Jerred Smithson went down on an apparent high stick that replays showed never came close to hitting him. He also took issue with a hooking minor against Saku Koivu on Jonathom Blum in Game 3.



With files from The Canadian Press and The Associated Press

 

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