Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2 Game 7s in Nhl Tonight Briefs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2 Game 7s in Nhl Tonight Briefs

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Looking for their first series victory in 16 years, the Panthers will have home ice tonight for the ultimate game of their Eastern Conference first-round series with the Devils, who forced Game 7 with a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 6. It's only the second Game 7 in franchise history for Florida, which won one of these in Pittsburgh in the 1996 East finals.

"It's do or die," Panthers goalie Jose Theodore said Wednesday. "These are the kind of games you want to be part of."

Theodore did not play in Game 6 because of an unspecified injury. He worked out at the Panthers' practice facility Wednesday, taking shots from a few teammates for about 35 minutes, saying afterward that he felt better than he did the day before. It's common for Florida -- which started Scott Clemmensen in Game 5 -- to not reveal who's starting until game day.

In another Game 7, the Rangers play the Ottawa Senators tonight in New York.

MORE NHL: VEZINA FINALISTS NAMED

NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Kings and Pekka Rinne of the Predators are the finalists for the NHL's Vezina Trophy for best goaltender. The winner will be announced June 20.

MLB: NATIONALS DEFEAT PADRES

SAN DIEGO -- Jordan Zimmermann helped Washington set a team record for the longest scoreless innings streak for starters before Orlando Hudson homered and the NL East-leading Washington Nationals beat the San Diego Padres, 7-2, Wednesday night. Tom Gorzelanny got his first save.

NBA: CELTICS REPLACE JERSEY WITH BULLET HOLE

BOSTON -- The Boston third-grader who narrowly missed a bullet that came through his bedroom wall and left a smoking hole in his Boston Celtics jersey has met the player whose shirt he was wearing.

Preston Jackson and his family attended Tuesday night's Celtics game against the Miami Heat, where they met Rajon Rondo. …

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