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The Los Angeles Kings were this close to tying the New York Rangers late in the third period of Game 4.Henrik Lundqvist, who faced 41 shots, including a lopsided third period in which the Kings outshot the home side 15-1, was both brilliant and incredibly lucky — yes, there’s that word again — in erecting a wall that just barely held, allowing the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory that let them live to see another day in the Stanley Cup final.Read the story here. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings were this close to tying the New York Rangers late in the third period of Game 4.

Henrik Lundqvist, who faced 41 shots, including a lopsided third period in which the Kings outshot the home side 15-1, was both brilliant and incredibly lucky — yes, there’s that word again — in erecting a wall that just barely held, allowing the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory that let them live to see another day in the Stanley Cup final.

Read the story here. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he does not expect the NHL will suspend defenceman John Moore for a hit that knocked an opponent woozy on Tuesday night.The NHL has a hearing with Moore on Wednesday, the day after he caught Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise with a hard, high body check in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final.Moore was ejected from the game.“I don’t see what else it could warrant,” Vigneault told reporters before flying with the team back to New York on Wednesday. “But I’ve been surprised before.”Moore appeared to drive his shoulder into Weise’s head in the third period.“The guy was admiring his pass a little bit,” Vigneault said. (Photo: Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said he does not expect the NHL will suspend defenceman John Moore for a hit that knocked an opponent woozy on Tuesday night.

The NHL has a hearing with Moore on Wednesday, the day after he caught Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise with a hard, high body check in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final.

Moore was ejected from the game.

“I don’t see what else it could warrant,” Vigneault told reporters before flying with the team back to New York on Wednesday. “But I’ve been surprised before.”

Moore appeared to drive his shoulder into Weise’s head in the third period.

“The guy was admiring his pass a little bit,” Vigneault said. (Photo: Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Derek Stepan played through a broken jaw on Thursday night, logging more than 17 minutes of ice time despite suffering the injury on a late and dangerous hit in the first period, according to his coach.Alain Vigneault said the 23-year-old was undergoing surgery on Friday, and that the team did not know he had broken his jaw until after the game. It is not known if Stepan will be available to play again in the Eastern Conference final, with Vigneault saying “we’ll have an idea of the time frame tomorrow.”Stepan absorbed a hard, high hit from Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust in the first period of Game 3. He left the game, but returned a few minutes later.Prust was not penalized on the play, but has a phone hearing scheduled with the NHL on Friday afternoon. The revelation of Stepan’s injury will likely play a role in the severity of any supplementary discipline he might receive. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Derek Stepan played through a broken jaw on Thursday night, logging more than 17 minutes of ice time despite suffering the injury on a late and dangerous hit in the first period, according to his coach.

Alain Vigneault said the 23-year-old was undergoing surgery on Friday, and that the team did not know he had broken his jaw until after the game. It is not known if Stepan will be available to play again in the Eastern Conference final, with Vigneault saying “we’ll have an idea of the time frame tomorrow.”

Stepan absorbed a hard, high hit from Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust in the first period of Game 3. He left the game, but returned a few minutes later.

Prust was not penalized on the play, but has a phone hearing scheduled with the NHL on Friday afternoon. The revelation of Stepan’s injury will likely play a role in the severity of any supplementary discipline he might receive. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

In the pouring rain, Joe Nathan closed out the Rangers’ 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels to give Texas its sixth straight win. With the win and the Tampa Bay’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rangers are now tied with the Rays for the second wild-card spot and a half game behind the Cleveland Indians, who played later Saturday, heading into the final day of the regular season. (Photos: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

So close: Yu Darvish almost pitched a no-hitter on Tuesday night.

Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher’s legs, and Texas beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.

A screen shot of the play showed the ball sail what looked to be less than a foot below the pitcher’s glove and into the outfield.

“That was impossible to catch,” Darvish said through a translator. (Photos: Houston Chronicle/Cody Duty/The Associated Press)

Scary moment: Marc Staal takes a puck to the face

New York is riding high on a three-game winning streak, but instead of being able to fully celebrate their good fortune and the improved play of their newest star, the Rangers are holding their breath as they wait for medical news regarding key defenceman Marc Staal.

Rick Nash broke a third-period tie and added an insurance goal in the Rangers’ 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Any feelings of euphoria were greatly lessened because of concern regarding Staal, who appeared to be struck in the right eye by a deflected puck 5:45 into the third.

“I just looked at it. It’s scary,” said subdued Rangers coach John Tortorella, who hadn’t gotten an update on Staal’s condition. (Photos: Frank Franklin II/The Associated Press)

This is a photo painting by George Kalinsky of New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. It is one of six iconic photos by Kalinsky, the legendary Madison Square Garden photographer, being auctioned to help fulfill the dreams of children facing obstacles. Madison Square Garden Company says all net proceeds from the one-of-a-kind, signed artworks of sports and entertainment figures will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation. (AP Photo/Madison Square Garden Company, George Kalinsky)

This is a photo painting by George Kalinsky of New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. It is one of six iconic photos by Kalinsky, the legendary Madison Square Garden photographer, being auctioned to help fulfill the dreams of children facing obstacles. Madison Square Garden Company says all net proceeds from the one-of-a-kind, signed artworks of sports and entertainment figures will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation. (AP Photo/Madison Square Garden Company, George Kalinsky)

No, this is not Tony Romo. Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan can do a pretty good impersonation of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.The pitcher and New York Giants fan had no choice.Nathan paid off a bet with fellow reliever and Cowboys fan Mike Adams by donning a full Romo uniform, including pads and football cleats, during the Rangers’ batting practice before Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland.It was the Rangers’ first home game since the Cowboys’ season-opening 24-17 victory at the Giants last Wednesday.Nathan even threw a few passes to teammates in the outfield before signing autographs for fans while still wearing the No. 9 jersey and helmet with a star.Adams also had a bet with general manager Jon Daniels, who will have to wear a Cowboys cap during a media session.

No, this is not Tony Romo. Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan can do a pretty good impersonation of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

The pitcher and New York Giants fan had no choice.

Nathan paid off a bet with fellow reliever and Cowboys fan Mike Adams by donning a full Romo uniform, including pads and football cleats, during the Rangers’ batting practice before Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland.

It was the Rangers’ first home game since the Cowboys’ season-opening 24-17 victory at the Giants last Wednesday.

Nathan even threw a few passes to teammates in the outfield before signing autographs for fans while still wearing the No. 9 jersey and helmet with a star.

Adams also had a bet with general manager Jon Daniels, who will have to wear a Cowboys cap during a media session.

"Everything’s OK. Thanks for your concern" — Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said on Monday, after being asked whether he was OK after getting punched in the face in Sunday night’s victory over the Rangers.

"Everything’s OK. Thanks for your concern" — Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said on Monday, after being asked whether he was OK after getting punched in the face in Sunday night’s victory over the Rangers.

One, two, three, four: Josh Hamilton made history last night, hitting four home runs against the Baltimore Orioles.

And he does appreciate how fortunate he was to be playing baseball at Camden Yards on Tuesday night as a member of the Texas Rangers. Because, before his epic performance against the Baltimore Orioles, Hamilton had to do something even harder than launching a quartet of two-run homers.

He needed to save himself from personal ruin.

Hamilton went from first-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 1999 to out of baseball altogether because of drug and alcohol addiction.
   
He recovered and returned to the majors in 2007 with Cincinnati, and was traded to the Texas, where he has become a star – the AL MVP in 2010 – while still battling his addiction. He had a relapse before this season, but is off to a torrid start.