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“Maybe we had their number during the regular season, but this is different,” said Chicago forward Marian Hossa, who played for Detroit the last time the teams met in the playoffs four years ago when the Red Wings rolled toward the Stanley Cup finals. “When I saw how they played (against Anaheim), they’ve extremely picked up their game and played well.

“We will have to be better than we were against Minnesota if we want to win.”

Boston couldn’t have finished better in the first round, becoming the first team to win a Game 7 after trailing by three goals in the third.

The Bruins were down by two with 90 seconds left, scored twice in a 31-second span and beat Toronto _ another Original Six team _ in the league’s 17th OT game of the postseason. The previous record for OT games in an opening round was 16, set last year.

The Rangers had a much easier time in their decisive game against Washington, winning 5-0 with Henrik Lundqvist becoming the first NHL goaltender to have shutouts in Games 6 and 7 since Detroit’s Dominik Hasek did it in 2002.

It was such a rout that New York forward Arron Asham was peeking at the Toronto-Boston score to see who the Rangers would play next.

“I looked up a few times and saw that Toronto was up 4-1, and that’s who I thought we’d face,” Asham said. “A few minutes later, it was a different story. It’s a tough way to lose.

New York took the three-game season series against the Bruins, winning a shootout and an OT game after opening the season with a 3-1 loss to them. But Boston coach Claude Julien is counting on his team building confidence from its comeback that might help its quest for consistency.

“That’s the one thing that I’m hoping, that we can grab that momentum that we had at the end and carry it into the next series,” Julien said. “We know we have to be better, we can’t keep playing well in spurts and not so well in other spurts.”

On the other side of North America, two teams will compete to be California’s best hockey club.

The fifth-seeded Kings and sixth-seeded Sharks are playing for the second time in the playoffs _ San Jose eliminated Los Angeles in the opening round three years ago _ and are the first teams from the Golden State to meet after the opening round of the playoffs.

“It’s a great thing for the state,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.

Canada had one-fourth of the 16 teams in the playoffs when they began April 30. Now, the hockey-crazed country is left with only the seventh-seeded Senators going against one of the country’s own, Sidney Crosby, and the Penguins, the top-seeded team in the East.

Crosby has bounced back from a broken jaw well enough to have a point in each of his five games against the Islanders in the first round, scoring three goals and making six assists to quiet questions about his health.

The superstar was eliminated by Ottawa in his first postseason in 2007 and helped Pittsburgh knock the Senators out of the first round the next year and 2010.

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