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Get your game notes: Penguins at Rangers

May 5, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the New York Rangers hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Tonight, the Rangers will become the first team since 1989 to play five playoff games in seven nights. In the 1989 playoffs, the first five games of all eight first-round, best-of-seven matchups were scheduled to be played in seven nights. Two of those series never got to the fifth game in seven nights, however, as Montreal swept Hartford, and Pittsburgh swept the N.Y. Rangers in their first-ever postseason meeting.

• For the fourth time this season, the Penguins will be playing the same opponent on back-to-back nights. On each of the previous three occasions, they either won both or lost both of the games. This will be the Rangers’ second time playing the same opponent on back-to-back nights, both times in the playoffs.

• Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 22 Rangers shots on goal for his 50th career postseason win and seventh career postseason shutout. The latter number established a new franchise record, surpassing the mark that he shared with two-time Stanley Cup winner Tom Barrasso (1991 & 1992) on the franchise’s all-time postseason shutout list.

• Rangers winger Rick Nash (336) and Penguins center Sidney Crosby (274) have combined for 610 career regular-season goals, but their struggles in the playoffs continued in Game 2. Both star players went without a goal, extending lengthy goalless streaks dating back to the 2013 playoffs. (Note: The shifts, time on ice and shots on goal tallies begin immediately following their last playoff goals.)

• The Rangers went 0-for-4 on the power play in Game 2, and have now failed on their last 29 opportunities with the man advantage. Even after starting the playoffs 3-for-8, their current rut has dropped them to 3-for-37 (8.1%) for the playoffs, worst among all remaining teams in the playoffs. The Penguins killed off 20 of 27 power-play opportunities (74.1%) in the first round vs. Columbus, but have bumped that figure up to 80.0% by going 8-for-8 in this series.

• The Penguins, who lead all playoff teams with 36.2 shots per game, outshot the Rangers 71-49 in the first two games of this series (36-27 in Game 1, 35-22 in Game 2). For New York, it is a sharp reversal from Round 1, in which they allowed a first-round low 25.6 shots per game, outshooting Philadelphia in five of the seven games and allowing more than 30 shots only once, in Game 3.

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Those first 3 calls against the Pens were horrible

  2. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Its a wonder dan carcillo dosent have to be treated for whiplash at a local hospital he wips his head back so violently i dont even think a mike tyson right hand could make you head snap back as bad as he acts

    • gsr1191 - May 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      im a pens fan and i say that gets called no matter what. i mean niskanen did hit him in the face, which no mater the severity will get called. cant blame carcillo for the head snap either, just like when a guy gets hit with a stick

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 5, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        There was a time when you could not embellesh your way to a cup would hate to see a title decided on a head snap

  3. 950003cups - May 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Can’t believe rangers are playing again. It’s almost unfair.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      They let the flyers take them 7 biaaaach its their own fault

    • miketoasty - May 5, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Unfair? The owners of MSG overbooked the venue for this time of the year, they should have used their heads and realized that the team that plays in their building may play longer than just the regular season.

      • arrow43050 - May 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        Has nothing to do with MSG scheduling. It is only because NBC didn’t want the Rangers playing on Saturday and wanted the bigger audience that comes with Sunday night. If you look at the dates and times available for the ConsoleEnergy Center and MSG it would have been easy to arrange 7 games with no back to backs. MSG is used to breaking down and creating the ice surface or putting the venue floor over the ice surface. Any game on the weekend could have been played at noon or in the afternoon.

      • 7mantel - May 5, 2014 at 6:47 PM

        You have no idea what your talking about !

      • miketoasty - May 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        Yep, you’re right Arrow, NBC just loves screwing over the Rangers. How did I not see it?

        Why wouldn’t they want the increased revenue from the Rangers moving on versus the lower income from the Pens? Thanks for straightening my arrow out.

  4. hockey412 - May 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    The Pens did a great job of playing physical last night, I just hope it wasn’t all an attempt to wear down this one team on this one game. They need to bring that game every night, regardless of the opponent. So nice to see Gibbons back.

  5. joey4id - May 5, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    This is not going to be an easy game for either team. You can play 2 games in 24 hours during the regular season, but when it comes to the playoffs the body bruises are multiplied. Look at the ice time for Girardi (24:00), McDonagh (23:26), Letang (25:35) and Martin (26:42) in the last game. Both teams will be targeting the each others d men with reckless abandon. The stronger will survive, and I’d have to give the advantage to Pitt. Girardi and McDonagh played 81 and 77 regular season games respectively whereas Martin played 39 and Letang 37. And the Rangers are playing their 7th game in 10 days. Ouch! Huge advantage to Pitt…..

  6. dropthepuckeh - May 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Anyone know if Kunitz is okay after that brutal after the whistle hit from Dorsett? I mean his head flailed around in every direction and it appeared he was about to lose consciousness with the way is body hit the ice horizontally and then he stayed down in apparent pain. Strange reaction to someone hitting you into the boards but glad to see he was okay and able to play on the next shift, coincidentally a Pitt PP.

    • Tyler - May 5, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Anyone know if Girardi is okay after that brutal hit from Malkin? I mean his head flailed around in every direction and it appeared he was about to lose consciousness with the way his body hit the ice horizontally and then stayed down in apparent pain. Strange reaction to someone hitting you into the boards but glad to see the third bogus call in the first period sent the ugly Rangers PP on the ice again.

      Admit it. The Rangers lost and they got outworked.

  7. dogtrack2000 - May 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    This is the time of year when the game is supposed to be highlighted, not diminished. Unless there is an extreme situation, NO TEAM should EVER have to play back-to-back days in the playoffs. And if it’s true that the schedule is made for television purposes only, the NHL should say that and not insult the intelligence of its fan base.

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