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Playoffs Preview and Live Thread - May 8

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The Capitals look to close out the Rangers in New York while the Ducks look to regain their dominance over the Flames.

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First off, a moment of silence for the 2014-2015 Minnesota Wild. They never led in their 2nd round series and won fewer games than the Calgary "shouldn't even be here" Flames.

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Washington Capitals at New York Rangers, Game 5

Washington leads 3-1

7:00 PM EST, NBCSN

The Capitals beat the Rangers 2-1 at the Verizon center again with two goals from Andre Burakovsky. It was the 4th 1-goal win of the series and the game featured another first/last minute goal, as Burakovsky scored the game winner just 24 seconds into the third period. Brayden Holtby was sensational for the Capitals with 29 saves including a big penalty shot save on Carl Hagelin to keep the Capitals ahead.

Root for the Capitals: If you want to destroy my Eastern Conference bracket

Root for the Rangers: Because Henrik Lundvist has been awesome and he deserves better than a 5-game exit.

Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames, Game 4

Anaheim leads 2-1

9:30 PM EST, NBCSN

After getting stomped by the Anaheim Ducks in games 1 and 2, the Calgary Flames bounced back with a whole lot of "heart," "character," "grit," and "determination" on home ice in Game 3. The Flames trailed for the entirety of the third period, but Johnny Gaudreau tied the game at 3 with 20 seconds left on the clock to force overtime. It didn't take long for the Flames to PD-Own the Ducks in OT, as Dennis Wideman's point shot deflected off Mikael Backlund and into the back of the net.

Root for the Flames If you're rooting for the Blackhawks in the Conference Finals.

Root for the Ducks If for some reason you would enjoy grabbing a drink with Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler.... on second thought maybe you should root for the Flames