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The New York Rangers exploded for three goals in the third period on Monday night to take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, but it was NHL coaches — both past and present — that dominated the news of the day.

Here are your top five stories from Day 34 of the Stanley Cup playoffs:

1. As advertised, the Rangers-Devils series may come down to the men between the pipes. Henrik Lundqvist posted a shutout in New York's Game 1 victory, while Martin Brodeur was serenaded by the Madison Square Garden faithful, despite making this spectaular save on Marc Staal. On the latest installment of Coach's Corner, Don Cherry talked about the short answers given by Rangers' coach John Tortorella and offered an explanation. Grapes also gave an earful to linesmen that take their sweet time dropping the puck.

2. A couple of coaching moves in the NHL: Dale Hunter's stint with the Capitals lasted less than a full season. Hunter announced he would return to the London Knights of the OHL, a team he owns and left a spot behind the bench in order to go to Washington in the fall. On the flip side, the Columbus Blue Jackets decided Todd Richards was the right choice going forward. The team handed Richards, who replaced Scott Arniel in the second half of the season, a two-year contract.

3. Dave Tippett has a big job ahead of him in Game 2 against Los Angeles. The Phoenix Coyotes bench boss has proven in the past he can squeeze the maximum effort out of a team lacking "star power" and that attribute will be tested on Tuesday when his team looks to rebound from an ugly Game 1 loss.

4. Speaking of Los Angeles, that team's GM, Dean Lombardi, joined Hockey Night In Canada Radio to chat about how the hiring of Darryl Sutter impacted the Kings as they find themselves three wins away from the Stanley Cup final.

5. Darryl's brother Brent also seems to be enjoying life after the Calgary Flames. Coaching Team Canada at the IIHF world hockey championships in Finland, Sutter described the change at a practice on Monday: "With everything that happened there so quickly [it was good] to get away from it and come over and coach a team that's about all the right things." It probably helps that Sutter has access to a good portion of the country's best hockey players.

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