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5 NHL stories, including Capitals stay alive

05/10/2012 12:14 EDT | Updated 07/09/2012 05:12 EDT

The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs will live a few days longer after Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals forced a Game 7 with the New York Rangers. Meanwhile, the hockey world dissected the playoff life and death of the Philadelphia Flyers, and the St. Louis Blues have new owners.

Here are your top five stories from Wednesday around the NHL:

1. The Washington Capitals struck quickly in Game 6 and then refused to give anything to the Rangers. When New York's skaters stole a chance, Braden Holtby took it right back, frustrating the Blueshirts even further. The Rangers may have scored in the dying seconds off a deflection but it wasn't enough to put off a Game 7 that goes Saturday night on Hockey Night In Canada (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).

2. The day after the Philadelphia Flyers were put down by the New Jersey Devils, there was a full post-mortem. Both teams reflected on the series, former Flyer Rick Tocchet told Hockey Night In Canada Radio he thought Philadelphia appeared overconfident against New Jersey, some blamed Ilya Bryzgalov for the loss, and others pointed out that the Flyers were without leading scorer Claude Giroux when it mattered most.

3. In the latest edition of his 30 Thoughts blog, Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman looked at the "dysfunction" in the Blackhawks coaching staff plus the latest from Montreal and Vancouver as those Canadian teams solidify their coaching staff for next season.

4. Another day, another NHL ownership story. This time the St. Louis Blues were officially sold to a group headed by St. Louis beer distributor Tom Stillman. For a full breakdown of what it means to the team,Hockey Night In Canada Online has you covered.

5. Alex Burrows missed his third game for Team Canada at the IIHF world hockey championships, but Ryan Getzlaf and the rest of the Canadians took care of Switzerland on Wednesday. Burrows, who suffered a concussion, hopes to play on Friday against Finland.

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