It's taken four weeks, but we're down to five teams remaining in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. Day 28 was the final day of the season for the Philadelphia Flyers, who were ousted by a New Jersey Devils team that seemed to take everything the latest incarnation of the Broad Street Bullies threw at them in stride.
Here are your top five stories from Tuesday around the NHL:
1. Facing elimination, the Flyers played their brand of hit-anything-that-moves hockey, including this hit by Zac Rinaldo on Anton Volchenkov. Rinaldo was later sent to the box for kneeing Dainius Zubrus, who endured some chirping by Flyers players as he lay on the ice following that hit. But Zubrus, who had the last laugh in Game 4, also had the last laugh in Game 5 since leading scorer Claude Giroux missed what turned out to be the team's final game of the season.
2. The New York Rangers will look to be the final member of the final four on Wednesday, and Mike Milbury chatted on Hockey Night In Canada Radio whether the Blueshirts can get the job done against the Capitals in Game 6. One of the players who definitely got the job done in Game 5 was Brad Richards, and he drew high praise from a man that's generally hard to please, Rangers coach John Tortorella.
3. As for the Capitals mindset, former Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said the team will come out angry in Game 6. And if the Caps are going to force a Game 7, it will may come from the continued stellar play of their star…grinders. Jay Beagle has been vital for the Capitals during their playoff run, but as Tim Wharnsby writes, there's nothing surprising about Beagle's play when the games matter most.
4. On the lighter side of that series, we want you to tell us what Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby is thinking in today's caption contest.
5. Some good news for Team Canada (and the Vancouver Canucks, for that matter) at the IIHF world hockey championships in Finland. Alex Burrows is reportedly close to returning to the lineup following a concussion that resulted from a scary collision with a pair of Slovakian players in the tournament opener.
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