Penguins center Evgeni Malkin celebrates after his pass to Sidney Crosby deflected off Capitals defenseman Tom Poti and into the goal to seal a Game 5 overtime victory for Pittsburgh.
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Capitals star Alex Ovechkin (8) slams into Penguins center Jordan Staal (11) during Game 4 of their semifinal playoff series. After scoring five goals in the first three games of the series, Ovechkin was held goalless in Game 4.
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Ovechkin (8) and Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi (4) get tangled up while going after the puck in Game 5. Ovechkin scored two goals in the Caps' overtime loss.
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Capitals defenseman John Erskine checks Sidney Crosby into the boards during the first period of Game 1. Washington defeated Pittsburgh 3-2 in the opening game of their series.
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Marc-Andre Fleury watches a shot sail wide of the net during Game 1 against the Capitals.
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Ovechkin's first playoff hat trick came after breaking a tie with a pair of goals less than 3 minutes apart in the third period in the Capitals' 4-3 victory over the Penguins in Game 2.
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Capitals defenseman Milan Jurcina checks Tyler Kennedy along the boards during Game 3. The Penguins won 3-2.
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Rookie goalie sensation Simeon Varlamov makes one of his 33 saves during Game 2. While he was unable to prevent Sidney Crosby's first playoff hat trick, the Capitals still won 4-3.
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Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward stops the Bruins' Milan Lucic in Game 1. Boston defeated Carolina 4-1 in the opening game of their series.
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Bruins center Marc Savard celebrates his first of two goals against the Hurricanes during Boston's 4-1 victory in Game 1.
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Tuomo Ruutu moves the puck around a falling Mark Stuart during Game 2.
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Bruins blueliner Zdeno Chara pushes Eric Staal aside while playing the puck along the boards during Game 2. Carolina shutout the Bruins 3-0.
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Nikolai Khabibulin allows a Pavol Demitra (not pictured) power play goal in the first period of Game 1 against the Canucks. Vancouver won the game 5-3.
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Blackhawks left wing Ben Eager shoots the puck past Roberto Luongo in the third period of Game 2. Chicago won the game 6-3.
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Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell takes down Blackhawks forward Dustin Byfuglien along the boards during Game 2.
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The Canucks' Roberto Luongo makes a glove save against the Blackhawks.
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Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin fails to stop the shot by the Canucks' Mason Raymond during the first period of Game 3. Vancouver won the game 3-1.
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The Red Wings' Jiri Hudler falls in front of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller in the third period of Game 1. Detroit won the game 3-2.
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Red Wings center Valtteri Flippula takes one of the Red Wings' 62 shots-on-goal during Game 2.
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Ducks forward Todd Marchant celebrates his game-winning goal in the third overtime with teammate Rob Niedermayer to beat the Red Wings 4-3 in Game 2.
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Ducks right winger Teemu Selanne (8) deflects the puck in Game 2 in Detroit. The Ducks went on to beat the Red Wings 4-3 in three overtimes behind a 59-save effort from goalie Jonas Hiller.
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Ducks center Todd Marchant (22) checks Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) into the boards during Game 2 of their 2nd round playoff series.
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(Left to right) Brad Stuart, Drew Miller, Pavel Datsyuk, and Rob Niedermayer battle for the puck in the first period of Game 3. The Ducks defeated the Red Wings 2-1.
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