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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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Cincinnati - LP: J. Broxton 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson 2
Minnesota - LP: T. May 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 9
NY Yankees - WP: C. Capuano 6 FINAL
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 3
Philadelphia - LP: J. Diekman 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 4
Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo 8 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: C. Archer 4
Miami - LP: C. Hatcher 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter 5
Cleveland 4 Top 8th Inning
Kansas City 0
Detroit 7 Top 9th Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Texas 13 Bottom 9th Inning
Houston 3
Chicago Cubs - WP: N. Ramirez 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: P. Neshek 2
Colorado 0 Bottom 6th Inning
Arizona 0
Oakland 0 Top 5th Inning
LA Angels 0
Los Angeles 1 Bottom 4th Inning
San Diego 1
Washington 4 Top 4th Inning
Seattle 2
Milwaukee 1 Bottom 2nd Inning
San Francisco 4
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 35 FINAL
Connecticut 10
(6) Jacksonville St 7 FINAL
(8) Michigan State 45
Bowling Green 31 FINAL
Western Ky 59
TX-San Antonio 21 3rd Qtr 8:07
Houston 0
Colorado State 14 3rd Qtr 4:20
Colorado 17
UNLV 0 1st Qtr 0:13
Arizona 13
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Houston 3 2nd Half 23:00
Sporting Kansas City 1
Ottawa 10 FINAL
Montreal 20
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 39 3rd Qtr 4:00
Phoenix 59
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