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"The Stack" is here on this Tuesday excited for the unveiling of the 2012-13 NFL schedule tonight at 7 PM ET.  But until then, we do have a few other things to talk about so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, April 17:

1. Rangers win wild game over Senators, take 2-1 series lead

In a game full of pivotal saves by each goaltender, New York Rangers Brian Boyle was able to put one in the back of the net as the Rangers were able to stave off a pesky Senators team 1-0 to regain home ice advantage and the series lead at 2-1.  The star of the game was Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist who made huge save after huge save.  How he moved around and was able to stop the shots he did is truly amazing.  Senators goalie Craig Anderson was just as good as Lundqvist and kept his team in it including a spectacular save in the second period that kept the game scoreless.  Some would say that the Senators have outplayed the Rangers so far in this series.  They'd be right in saying it.  Right now, the Rangers are lucky to be ahead in the series.  Game four is Wednesday night and the Senators will be ready.  The Rangers better be ready too.  It's going to be a battle.

2. Goals come in waves as Boston regains series lead over Washington

First two games of this game saw four goals total.  Last night saw three goals in each the second and third period alone.  The Capitals took the lead early, but less than a minute into the second period in a four on four, Boston's Rich Peverly got one by Capitals goalie Braden Holtby to tie the game at 1-1.  Thirteen seconds later Alex Ovechkin, off a very pretty flip pass got one by Thomas to take a 2-1 lead.  In the third with the scored tied 2-2, Brian Rolston scored a minute into the period to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead.  After the Capitals tied it, Zdeno Chara scored the game-winner with under two minutes to play and the Bruins won 4-3 and now hold a 2-1 series lead.  Boston was finally able to solve the Holtby riddle.  They struggled to get pucks by him in the first two games, but got traffic in front of him and rattled his cage a little bit.  How Holtby responds in game four will tell whether or not the Capitals can win this series or not.  The Capitals have to be a little frustrated that they were able to get a good game out of Ovechkin and they lost.  This series has been really good with drama late.  Expect more of the same in game four Thursday night.

3. Blues power play the difference as they take series lead

In the playoffs, it's all about special teams and the St. Louis Blues were on their "A" game last night, scoring three power play goals on their first three opportunities as the Blues won 4-3 over the San Jose Sharks to take a 2-1 series lead.  The final score doesn't reflect just how much the Blues were in control of this game with the Sharks scoring two late goals.  No Halak, no problem for the Blues.  Backup goalie Brian Elliott played very well, making twenty-six saves.  The Blues have now re-gained home ice advantage and should win the series.  They have figured out how to get pucks by Antti Niemi and they are showing why they are the two seed in the west.  

Tuesday's playoff games

Florida @ New Jersey 7:00 PM ET

Nashville @ Detroit 7:30 PM ET

Phoenix @ Chicago 9:00 PM ET

4. LeBron scores final seventeen points as Heat rally to beat Nets

LeBron James showed his "clutch" gene last night, scoring the Heat's final seventeen points as the Miami Heat beat the New Jersey Nets 101-98.  James scored 37 points for the game along with six rebounds and seven assists.  Even James' critics, (Skip Bayless, cough cough) have to be impressed with what he did last night.  With Dwayne Wade on the bench, James took over and the Nets couldn't stop him.  But we've always known James to be great in the regular season.  What matters is the playoffs and that is where James has failed to live up to expectations.  The Miami Heat have three stars on the team, one going off is bound to happen from time to time.  LeBron needs to carry this effort and momentum into the playoffs and win an NBA championship.  Don't know or necessarily think that will happen this year though.  

5. Drama in Boston

The Boston Red Sox are going to have drama all season long and manager Bobby Valentine is going to be at the center of a lot of it.  The thing is though, he likes being the center of attention.  Well maybe not this time.  "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Valentine said Saturday about third baseman Kevin Youkilis.  Youkilis obviously wasn't thrilled when he heard those comments and Valentine has now apologized for the comment to Youkilis.  I have a feeling this won't be the last apology Valentine issues to a player this season.  The Red Sox players were not ready for Valentine to take over the team and this certainly will not help in the clubhouse.  Drama is going to be on-going in Boston this year, win or lose.  And that will ultimately keep Boston out of the playoffs.  Well that and injuries.

 

Coming up Wednesday: NFL schedule release highlights, NHL playoff talk and more.

Comments and suggestions on what to write about are always welcomed and apprecicated.

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