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|Monday, 07 April 2008 23:22|
Tuesday, April 8
No games scheduled. The Stanley Cup playoffs begin Wednesday.
Tampa Bay won the NHL's annual draft lottery Monday night, securing the No. 1 pick in June's entry draft. The Lightning had the best chance (48.8 percent) of earning the top pick after earning 71 points (31-42-9) in the regular season. The rest of the non-playoff teams will fall in line in order of poorest record behind Tampa Bay, with Los Angeles picking second. Atlanta, St. Louis Blues and the New York Islanders round out the top five.
The New York Rangers will meet New Jersey in the playoffs for the fifth time, starting on Wednesday. New York has won three of the previous four series (1992, 1994, 1997). This will be the second straight time the teams have met in the opening round with the Devils sweeping the Rangers in the first round in 2006. ... Montreal and Boston will face each other in the playoffs for the 13th time since 1983-84. The Canadiens won seven of the series during that span, including the past two in the opening round (2002, 2004).
Washington left wing Alex Ovechkin became only the sixth player in the past 37 years who, in the same season, have won the Art Ross Trophy for the league scoring championship as well as the Maurice Richard Trophy for being the top goal scorer. Ovechkin joins a group that includes Phil Esposito (1970-71 through 1973-74), Guy Lafleur (1977-78), Wayne Gretzky (1981-82 through 1984-85, plus 1986-87), Mario Lemieux (1987-88, 1988-89) and Jarome Iginla (2001-02).
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Detroit's Dominik Hasek and Chris Osgood have captured the 2007-08 William Jennings Trophy as the goalies for the club finishing the season having surrendered the fewest goals. Osgood and Hasek appeared in 43 and 41 games, respectively, with each allowing 84 goals as the Red Wings finished with the most points (115) and the fewest goals against (184). Hasek has won the award twice before with Buffalo (1994, 2001) while Osgood also won with Detroit in 1996.
``You go through playoff series and people forget about them. Nobody forgets about a Rangers-Devils series. It's demanding. Every where you go, people talk about it, but it's fun. It's a piece of history when you play the Rangers.'' - New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur on playing the New York Rangers in the first round of the NHL playoffs.