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Get your game notes: Penguins at Rangers

May 7, 2014, 10:48 AM EDT

Joe Vitale, Marc-Andre Fleury, Carl Hagelin AP

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:

• In Game 3, Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury became the first goalie in franchise history to post shutouts in consecutive postseason games, and also became only the sixth NHL goalie in the last 30 years to register playoff shutouts on consecutive days (Mike Richter in 1994, Martin Brodeur in 1995, Curtis Joseph in 2001, Brent Johnson in 2002 and Fleury’s current counterpart, Henrik Lundqvist, in 2013). The last NHL goaltender to post three consecutive playoff shutouts was Ilya Bryzgalov for Anaheim in 2006. Pens winger Chris Kunitz was a member of the then-Mighty Ducks squad. Elias Sports Bureau

• Penguins forward Jussi Jokinen scored for the second consecutive night to extend his point streak to seven games this postseason (4-3—7). Jokinen, who registered 21 goals and 57 points during the regular season (both the second-highest figures in his nine-year NHL career, has now found the score-sheet in eight of the Penguins’ nine games this postseason (5-3—8).

• Penguins center Sidney Crosby ended two personal-high streaks with one shot in Game 3. With his second-period goal, he snapped a 13-game goal drought going back to March 30 (when he scored twice vs. Chicago) and also a 13-game postseason goal drought going back to May 22, 2013 (Game 4 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Ottawa). The Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award finalist ended his goalless streak with his only shot of the game.

• Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 13 of 15 shots in his 77th career postseason game, which set a new franchise record for number of postseason appearances by a goalie (Mike Richter, 76). The Rangers outshot the Penguins 35-15 in their Game 3 loss. It was their first loss when allowing 15 or fewer shots on goal since Nov. 25, 2001, when Anaheim beat them 3-2. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma had an assist for the Mighty Ducks in that game.

• The Rangers’ power play continued to come up empty in Game 3, despite getting 10 shots on goal in five chances. The “Blueshirts” are now 0/13 with the man advantage in the series and 0/34 since Benoit Pouliot scored in the first period of Game 2 in their first-round series vs. Philadelphia. After posting an 18.2% conversion rate during the regular season (15th in the NHL), they have converted on only three of 42 postseason power plays (7.1%, worst among the eight remaining playoff teams) while registering 52 shots on goal.

• Second periods in this series have tilted in favor of the Penguins, who have outscored the Rangers 5-0 in the period. Pittsburgh has scored five of its seven goals this series in the middle stanza, including a pair of goals to tie Game 1 in an eventual OT loss, and the game-winning goals in Games 2 and 3. Overall in the playoffs, the Rangers have surrendered 12 second-period goals, most among all playoff teams.

Ryan McDonagh, who led all Rangers defensemen with a career-high 14 goals and 43 points during the regular season, has no points in 10 games this postseason. Only three players who registered 40 or more points during the regular season have gone without a point in the playoffs, all from eliminated Detroit: David Legwand (51 points), Daniel Alfredsson (49 points) and Gustav Nyquist (48 points).

  1. nyeagles10 - May 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Rumor has it Kreider could play tonight. If so, this is a whole new team.

    • 7mantel - May 7, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      That would be good for the NYR’s .Should help the PP .

    • xdj511 - May 7, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      That would be good. The Rangers need his size and speed.

    • ranci - May 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Rumor has it Orpik could play tonight…

  2. nyeagles10 - May 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    also Nash played his best hockey this year when Kreider was on the first line with him. So all around good news hopefully for the rangers.

  3. bleedrangerblue - May 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    If Orpik plays look for dirty hits. Welcome back Kreider!!

  4. rrino - May 7, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Could they please give Piere the night off tonight, please!

    • 7mantel - May 7, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      Maybe he’ll have one of those mystery meat on a stick from the street vender, before the game and make us all happy !

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