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New York Rangers' John Mitchell attempts to deflects (Credit: AP)

New York Rangers' John Mitchell attempts to deflects the puck past Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov, right, of Russia, as he is checked by Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson, rear, during the second period. (March 17, 2012)

Avalanche 3, Rangers 1

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Rangers 3-1.

Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers and
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Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers and Marek Zidlicky of the New Jersey Devils skate during the first period. (March 6, 2012)

Cody McLeod #55 of the Colorado Avalanche skates
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Cody McLeod #55 of the Colorado Avalanche skates after Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers. (March 17, 2012)

Ryan O'Byrne #3 of the Colorado Avalanche checks
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Ryan O'Byrne #3 of the Colorado Avalanche checks Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (March 17, 2012)

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Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers
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Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers shoots on goal against the Colorado Avalanche. (March 17, 2012)

New York Rangers' Stu Bickel, right, fights with
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New York Rangers' Stu Bickel, right, fights with Colorado Avalanche winger Cody McLeod during the second period. (March 17, 2012)

New York Rangers' John Mitchell attempts to deflects
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New York Rangers' John Mitchell attempts to deflects the puck past Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov, right, of Russia, as he is checked by Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson, rear, during the second period. (March 17, 2012)

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden,
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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, eyes the goal scored by Colorado Avalanche's Matt Hunwick (22) during the first period. (March 17, 2012)

Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, left, controls the
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Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, left, controls the puck as he is checked by New York Rangers' Tim Erixon during the first period. (March 17, 2012)

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Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche shoots
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Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche shoots against the against the New York Rangers. (March 17, 2012)

Colorado Avalanche right wing David Jones, left, shoots
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Colorado Avalanche right wing David Jones, left, shoots the puck past New York Rangers' Michael Del Zotto during the first period. (March 17, 2012)

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