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Lundqvist rebounds, Rangers even series

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Henrik Lundqvist and a couple of other old standbys picked a nice time to reassert themselves for the New York Rangers.

New York's star goalie reverted to his reliable ways after two subpar performances, and Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis emerged from playoff scoring droughts Friday night to help the Rangers shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Lundqvist stopped 38 shots after allowing 12 goals while losing the previous two games. Nash had two goals and an assist, and St. Louis - the former Tampa Bay captain - contributed a third-period goal as New York evened the best-of-7 series 2-2 heading back home for Game 5 on Sunday night.

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Battle up front key for Ducks, 'Hawks

CHICAGO (AP) The NHL's hottest real estate in May is about 30 square feet in front of each goal. You have to fight to get there, and it is quite difficult to stay in place after you arrive.

Anaheim got another scoring tip in a 2-1 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night, helping the Ducks to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. While the Eastern Conference finals has been a more free-wheeling showdown, traffic in front of goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers and Ben Bishop of the Lightning has contributed to several goals.

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Fetisov: Use Soviet-era NHL restrictions

MOSCOW (AP) Former Detroit Red Wings star Slava Fetisov has called for Russia to reintroduce Soviet-style restrictions to prevent promising young hockey players from moving to the NHL.

Fetisov, who is now a senator in Russia, tells Russia's R-Sport news agency that federal law should be used to stop Russian players from moving to North America before they turn 28.

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Babcock has emotional goodbye in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) Mike Babcock stood at the front of the familiar dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, this time for something of a farewell address.

He became choked up after about a minute of talking, and at one point he even held up an old newspaper from a decade ago.

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'Hawks recall D van Riemsdyk from minors

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks recalled defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from the minors Friday, and coach Joel Quenneville did not rule him out for the Western Conference finals against Anaheim.

Van Riemsdyk is coming back from surgeries on his left knee in November and his right wrist in April. The rookie had one assist in 18 games with Chicago.

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Pens: Bylsma free to pursue coaching job

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is free to take any job opening, including the Buffalo Sabres' vacancy.

That was the response Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford provided The Associated Press on Thursday, when asked if he granted Buffalo permission to interview Bylsma. Though Bylsma was fired last June, he remains on Pittsburgh's payroll because his contract runs through the end of next season.

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Bettman: Salary cap to rise to $71M

CHICAGO (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expects the salary cap for the 2015-16 season to settle in around $71 million, depending on the fluctuations of the Canadian dollar.

Appearing between the first and second periods of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night between the Anaheim Ducks and hometown Blackhawks, the commissioner said he expects it to climb five percent from this year's cap figure of $69 million.

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Babcock: Leafs job a 'massive challenge'

TORONTO (AP) Brendan Shanahan's first conversation with Mike Babcock about the Toronto Maple Leafs' coaching position was more of a disclaimer than a sales pitch. The club president wanted Babcock to know how far away the Leafs are from being a winning team.

Babcock wasn't scared off.

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Sens owner doing well after transplant

TORONTO (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is recovering well after his liver transplant. All his donor wants in return is for the team to win the Stanley Cup.

The University Health Network hospital in Toronto said Thursday the 55-year-old Melnyk remains in the intensive care unit after Tuesday's transplant, but he's been awake, smiling and answering questions.

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Brodeur named Blues assistant GM

ST. LOUIS (AP) Record-setting goalie Martin Brodeur has signed a three-year contract to become the St. Louis Blues' assistant general manager.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced the deal Wednesday.

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