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Mats Zuccarello powers Rangers to Game 6 elimination win over Canadiens

Andrew Gross, USA TODAY Network Published 10:48 p.m. ET April 22, 2017 | Updated 2 minutes ago

Mats Zuccarello powers Rangers to Game 6 elimination win over Canadiens

New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period in Game 6. (Photo: Adam Hunger, USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK — For those who rise and fall, cheer and cry with the Rangers, now is the time to start to dream a little.

And perhaps appreciate this veteran Rangers’ core. Appreciate how Henrik Lundqvist has elevated his game. Appreciate just how good captain Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash have been all over the ice. Appreciate the wonder that is Mats Zuccarello, who scored twice nearly two years to the day a McDonagh slap shot to his head nearly ended his career.

Often, the old playoff adage goes, the hardest round to get through is the first, and that the Rangers have now done, eliminating the Canadiens with a 3-1 win in Game 6 on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden and avoiding a trip back to Montreal for an elimination game.

Now, the Rangers, can await the winner of the Ottawa-Boston series — the Senators carry a 3-2 lead into Sunday afternoon’s Game 6 at Boston — and be thankful this ill-conceived NHL playoff format placed them in the weaker Atlantic Division bracket. If they have to face the Penguins or Capitals, the Metropolitan Division powerhouses, it won’t be until the Eastern Conference Final.

And then, you know, anything can happen, especially if the veteran-laden Rangers keep their laser-like focus.

“Whatever we’ve done until now, doesn’t matter,” Zuccarello said.

Lundqvist, as always, the Rangers’ best player, made 27 saves, none better than stretching his toe to stop Tomas Plekanec with Carey Price (20 saves) off for an extra skater.

The Canadiens, obviously, had all the motivation to play as desperately and urgently as possible. Yet, so should have the Rangers, even if the Rangers are 5-2 in Game 7s since Lundqvist joined the team in 2005-06. In road Game 7s in that span, the Rangers are 2-1, most recently winning Game 7 at Pittsburgh in the second round of the 2014 playoffs, en route to a five-game loss to the Kings in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Rangers’ most recent Game 7, though, was their 2-0 loss to the Lightning at the Garden in the 2015 Eastern Conference Final.

And heading back to Montreal for Game 7, no matter how well the Rangers have done in Game 7s, even on the road, was to be avoided at all costs since the Bell Centre, electric for regular-season games, would have been at a frenzied best for a Game 7.

The Canadiens, looking to get their home-ice chance, were on the Rangers from the opening faceoff, winning the puck battles and continually crashing Lundqvist’s crease. That led to the surprising “fight” — well, they dropped the gloves — between Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty and Rangers rookie Jimmy Vesey at 6:06 of the first period after Alexander


Major changes coming to how your credit score is calculated

Ken Sweet, The Associated Press 10:04 a.m. ET April 22, 2017


Major credit cards advertise at a restaurant in Millbrae, Calif. The math behind your credit score is getting an overhaul, with changes that may alter the behavior of both cautious spenders and riskier borrowers. (Photo: Paul Sakuma, AP)

NEW YORK — The math behind your credit score is getting an overhaul, with changes big enough that they might alter the behavior of both cautious spenders as well as riskier borrowers.

Most notably for those with high scores: Abiding by the golden rule of "don't close your credit card accounts" may now hurt your standing. On the other side, those with low scores may benefit from the removal of civil judgments, medical debts and tax liens as factors.

Beyond determining whether someone gets approved for a credit card, a credit score can affect what interest rate and what spending limit are offered.

The new method is being implemented later this year by VantageScore, a company created by the credit bureaus Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. It's not as well-known as Fair Isaac Corp., whose FICO score is used for the vast majority of mortgages. But VantageScore handled 8 billion account applications last year, so if you applied for a credit card, that score was likely used to approve or deny you.

Using what's known as trended data is the biggest change. The phrase means credit scores will take into account the trajectory of a borrower's debts on a month-to-month basis. So a person who is paying down debt is now likely to be scored better than a person who is making minimum monthly payments but has been slowly accumulating credit card debt.

"This is a really big deal," said John Ulzheimer, an expert in credit reports and credit scoring. Ulzheimer said taking trended data into account has long been considered by the credit score industry, but hasn't been implemented on a meaningful scale. He expects more lenders to adopt it.


People with high credit scores may be affected the most, since the goal of trended data is to see warning signs long before a borrower actually gets into serious trouble.

"When it comes to prime borrowers, you may not have bad behavior on your credit file, but a trajectory provides very powerful information," said Sarah Davies, senior vice president for research, analytics and product development at VantageScore.

The change also shakes up the maxim that had people keeping open accounts they'd opened long ago. An important metric in calculating credit scores has been the portion of their available credit people are actually using. A person with $5,000 in credit card debt with a $50,000 limit across several cards could score better than someone with $2,000 in debt on a $10,000 limit because of that ratio.

But VantageScore will now mark a borrower negatively for having excessively large credit card limits, on the theory that the person could run up a high credit card debt quickly. Those who have prime credit


College scientists are fired up about the March for Science

march for science

Gabrielle Walters, 21, poses in front of The White House before heading to the National Mall for the March for Science on April 22, 2017 in Washington, D.C. She traveled from Florida with four college classmates who are all studying for a degree in Coastal Environmental Science. (Photo: Jessica Kourkounis, Getty Images)


Elvis Presley’s former Memphis home damaged by fire

USA Today Network Jennifer Pignolet, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal Published 5:20 p.m. ET April 22, 2017 | Updated 4 hours ago

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Elvis Presley’s former Memphis home damaged by fire

Eyewitness cell phone footage shows smoke billowing from a home once owned by Elvis Presley. Courtesy Ron McCrarey


Memphis firefighters gather under the carport at the former home of Elvis Presley after a fire Saturday morning damaged the historic structure on Audubon Drive. (Photo: Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal)

MEMPHIS — A fire broke out Saturday at the former home of Elvis Presley.

Memphis Fire Lt. Wayne Cooke said the department responded to the home just after 7:30 a.m. CT. The fire was under control by 7:52, he said.

Cooke said he did not have an estimate on how much damage the house sustained.

The cause was electrical and started in the wall between the living room and dining room, he said. The home was unoccupied and undergoing renovations.

Rhodes College is the steward of the house, now owned by music industry veteran and philanthropist Mike Curb. As an extension of the Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes, the home hosts small VIP events and private music concerts.

John Bass, executive director of the institute, said he hadn't seen the house yet Saturday afternoon to know the extent of the damage.

The house was undergoing repairs after a water pipe burst in January, he said. As a result, almost all the furniture in the house was in a storage unit in the driveway. The few artifacts that remain from when Presley lived in the house were secured on Rhodes' campus during the renovations, Bass said.

"The mission is to really research Memphis music in a variety of ways, so we use that house, or we have in the past, as a resource for our students," Bass said.

Elvis Presley’s former Memphis home damaged by fire

Memphis firefighter Jeremy Chastain (left) is hosed down in front of Elvis Presley's former home on Audubon Drive which caught fire Saturday morning gutting the house. The house, which is owned by Rhodes College, was under renovation.   (Photo: Jim Weber, The Commercial Appeal)

Presley purchased the home in 1956. He lived there for just over a year, during which he skyrocketed to fame, appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show  and recording "Hound Dog" and "Don’t Be Cruel."

"He was 21 when he lived there, around the same age as our students, so we use it as a space to inspire our young students of today," Bass said.

Neighbor Ron McCrarey, who had been in the home once before, said he was able to get a look inside the house from the carport after the fire was put out Saturday.

"All the walls are blackened," McCrarey said.

He said construction crews have been working on the house all week.

Elvis Presley’s former Memphis home damaged by fire

In this cellphone image provided by a neighbor, Memphis firefighters battle a blaze Saturday morning at Elvis Presley's former home on Audubon Drive. The house, which is owned by Rhodes College, was under renovation.   (Photo: Ron McCrarey)

McCrarey said he was outside at


Skipping correspondents' dinner, Trump will instead rally in Pennsylvania


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex April 21, 2016

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