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Boston vs. Detroit

Records: Bruins (Atlantic champions) 54-19-9, 117 points; Red Wings (second wild-card team) 39-28-15, 93 points.

Season series: Detroit won three of four.

The skinny: Boston represented the East in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, when it won the Cup, and 2013 and is favored to do so again, while the Red Wings are in the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive season. The Bruins’ balanced scoring is led by C David Krejci (19-50—69), C Patrice Bergeron (30-32—62) and W Jarome Iginla (30-31—62). G Tuukka Rask was second in the league in save percentage (.930). … The Red Wings upset second-seeded Anaheim last year and took Cup champion Chicago to overtime of Game 7. Along with veterans like RW Daniel Alfredsson and D Niklas Kronwall, the Red Wings have cultivated a load of young talent, led by RW Gustav Nyquist (28 goals), LW Tomas Tatar and D Danny DeKeyser.

Tampa Bay vs. Montreal

Records: Tampa Bay (second in Atlantic) 46-27-9, 101 points; Canadiens (third in Atlantic) 46-28-8, 100 points.

Season series: Tampa Bay won three of four.

The skinny: The teams were separated by a point in the standings. The young, quick Lightning is led by C Steven Stamkos, who scored 25 goals and had 40 points in only 37 games. But Tampa Bay learned to win without him this season, with rookies LW Ondrej Palat and C Tyler Johnson leading the way. Tama Bay G Ben Bishop should play, despite an upper body injury late in the season. … Montreal was lifted by the trade-deadline acquisition of Thomas Vanek. He, Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais have one of the hottest lines going. D P.K. Subban had another big offensive season (53 points). Look for G Carey Price to rebound from a disappointing postseason a year ago.

Pittsburgh vs. Columbus

Records: Penguins (Metropolitan champions) 51-24-7, 109 points; Blue Jackets (top wild card) 43-32-7, 93 points.

Season series: Pittsburgh won all five games, trailing for a total of 56 seconds.

The skinny: The Penguins had a great regular season despite being decimated by injuries. Through it all Sidney Crosby (league-leading 104 points) established himself as the league’s MVP. But the person who will determine how far the Penguins go is G Marc-Andre Fleury. He lost his job to Tomas Vokoun after four poor starts in last year’s playoffs. This year Fleury has no veteran backup behind him. … The Blue Jackets are inexperienced, with 13 players in the postseason for the first time. Columbus had seven players with at least 16 goals. The keys are centers Ryan Johansen, Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov. G Sergei Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, is healthy again.

New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia

Records: Rangers (second in Metropolitan) 45-31-6, 96 points; Flyers (third in Metropolitan) 42-30-10, 94 points.

Season series: Teams split four games.

The skinny: Given the bitterness of this division rivalry and the outcome of the season series, the Flyers will have to do something they haven’t done in New York since Feb. 20, 2011 — win. The Rangers got stronger all year under new coach Alain Vigneault and the Flyers have at least one 20-goal scorer on all four lines. Both teams have a formidable top defensive pairing — Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi for New York and Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn in Philly — and both are strong in net. The Rangers are led by LW Rick Nash (26 goals), C Brad Richards (20) and Mats Zuccarello (19). The Flyers’ top line of C Claude Giroux (28-58—86), RW Jakub Voracek (23-39—62) and LW Scott Hartnell (20-32—52) will be hard to stop.

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Texas - WP: N. Martinez 7 FINAL
Oakland - LP: S. Gray 2
Boston 1 Top 6th Inning
Pittsburgh 3
Toronto 0 Top 7th Inning
NY Yankees 2
Washington 6 Bottom 6th Inning
Miami 1
Los Angeles 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
Chicago Cubs 2
Cleveland 0 Top 3rd Inning
Houston 0
Milwaukee 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
St. Louis 0
Arizona 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Colorado 0
Philadelphia - K. Kendrick 8:10 PM
San Diego - R. Erlin
Seattle - F. Hernandez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - W. LeBlanc
Tampa Bay 0 1st Qtr 6:09
Atlanta 7
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
(5) Auburn 3 2nd Qtr 2:35
(20) Kansas State 7
Connecticut 9/19/14 7:00 PM
So Florida
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9/20/14 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Toronto 9/19/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
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