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5 NHL stories, including Kings on verge of sweep

05/04/2012 03:08 EDT | Updated 07/03/2012 05:12 EDT

It was a busy and long day around the NHL — the New York Rangers and Nashville Predators picked up Game 3 wins (albeit in drastically different time frames), a new GM was named in Montreal plus more NHL award nominees were announced.

Here are your top five stories from Day 22 of the Stanley Cup playoffs:

1. It took extra time — exactly 54:41 more than your standard 60 minutes of regulation — but the New York Rangers took a 2-1 series lead thanks to Marian Gaborik's triple-overtime goal in Washington on Thursday morning.

2. On the flip side of things, the Predators got the job done quickly in Nashville. Goals 1:06 apart in the first period were all they needed, as Pekka Rinne shut the door on the Phoenix Coyotes the rest of the way. The Game 3 win puts the Preds back into the series, despite sitting forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn.

3. During the latest installment of Coach's Corner, Don Cherry weighed in on the team suspensions of Radulov and Kostitsyn. Grapes disagreed with the Predators ruling, saying it didn't hurt the players, it only hurts the team.

4. It's a new beginning in Montreal. Marc Bergevin was named the newest general manager of the Canadiens, succeeding Pierre Gauthier for the position. Fans took to social media to discuss the hiring, Scotty Bowman said Serge Savard picked the right man for the job and Bergevin himself spoke with Ron MacLean on Hockey Night In Canada.

5. The National Hockey League Players' Association announced the nominees for the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player, as voted on by the players. Vying for this year's award are Henrik Lundqvist, Steven Stamkos and Evgeni Malkin.

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