The Rangers took Game 5 and the first round series from the Penguins with a 2-1 overtime win. Goaltending was a big story in the game, as Lundqvist and Fleury saw a total of 74 shots in the game, allowing only 3 goals.
The Rangers take on the Penguins in Pittsburgh tonight for Game 4, playing for the opportunity to have three chances at closing out the series, including two at home (like the Penguins had last season).
No lineup changes are expected for the Rangers. Keith Yandle missed the morning skate, resting from a sickness, but will play tonight.
The Rangers defeated Pittsburgh 2-1 in Game 3 to take a matching 2-1 series lead. Goals from Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider staked the Rangers to a two-goal lead heading into the third period, which turned out to be enough of a cushion to withstand Pittsburgh’s onslaught in the final 12 or so minutes.
The first period was a low event affair, especially so for Pittsburgh, who did not register their first shot on goal until over 15 minutes had passed (and even that first shot came from center ice). The Rangers didn’t generate a ton offensively, either, but they grabbed an early lead 8:43 in when Keith Yandle threaded a beautiful pass to a streaking Carl Hagelin, who broke in and wound up for a slap shot that beat Marc-Andre Fleury’s five-hole. If you missed Yandle’s pass, check it out; it was quite lovely:
Despite seven power play opportunities, the Rangers only scored one goal with the man advantage, while the Penguins capitalized on their first two power play chances en route to a 4-3 win in Game 2, tying the series at one.
Derek Stepan opened the scoring with 2:55 left in the first period to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. While some Penguins went for a line change following a long sequence of pressure by the Rangers, Ryan McDonagh carried the puck through the neutral zone before laying a pass off to J.T. Miller at the blue line. Miller then fired a beautiful cross-ice pass to a streaking Stepan, who ripped a wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury’s blocker. Read more
48 hours after winning Game 1, the Rangers will look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the Metropolitan Division Semi-Finals on Saturday night.
The Rangers beat the Penguins 2-1 to take Game 1 of their best-of-seven series. The Rangers had 38 shots on goal to the Penguins’ 25, and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves in the victory.
It was a quick start for the Rangers, as Derick Brassard scored just 28 seconds into the game — just one second away from the quickest goal to start a playoff game.