Wednesday, May 9
No games scheduled. Ottawa opens the Eastern Conference finals at Buffalo on Thursday.

Detroit and Anaheim will meet in the playoffs for the fourth time. The first three all ended in four games. The Red Wings swept the Ducks in the Western semifinals in 1997 and again in the 1999 quarterfinals before losing four straight to Anaheim in the first round in 2003.

Buffalo and Ottawa will face each other for the second straight postseason starting Thursday night. The Sabres eliminated the Senators in five games in last year's semifinals, with three of the wins coming in overtime.

million deal.

Brendan Shanahan is leaning toward returning for a 20th NHL season, and wants to stay with the New York Rangers. Shanahan can become an unrestricted free agent for the second straight summer. A year ago, the Rangers lured him away from Detroit with a one-year, $4 million deal.

The New York Islanders rewarded third-string goalie Wade Dubielewicz for leading the team's final-week surge to the playoffs by signing him to a one-year, $500,000 contract on Tuesday.

``It will take until next May, when we get to the same point, and then you've got to crash through the glass ceiling, or whatever this boundary is.'' - San Jose coach Ron Wilson, a day after the Sharks' season ended with a 2-0 loss to Detroit in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.

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