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Get your game notes: Rangers at Penguins

May 9, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

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

• The Penguins entered this series having won all four previous playoff series vs. the Rangers (1989, 1992, 1996, 2008). Tonight, the Pens (who have won 19 of 24 playoff games vs. NYR) could become only the second team in Stanley Cup playoffs history with at least five series wins vs. one team without a series loss. Only Edmonton, which won all six series vs. Winnipeg from 1983-90, has done that. The Oilers won 22 of 26 vs. the Jets during that span. (Elias Sports Bureau)

• In Game 4, Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury saw his shutout streak end at 145:30 on a second-period goal by Carl Hagelin. His 13 saves and 15 shots faced were both tied for the second-fewest in any complete-game win in his 10-year NHL career, regular season or playoffs. (He stopped 12 of 14 shots vs. New Jersey on Mar. 17, 2012.) He improved to 7-2 vs. the Rangers in his postseason career, with a 1.75 GAA, .934 save% and three shutouts.

• Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be making his 78th consecutive postseason start, and face a daunting task in coming back from a three-games-to-one deficit in this series. Game 5 will mark the 15th time that Lundqvist mans the net with his team facing playoff elimination. Although his overall numbers in elimination games (7-7, 2.05 GAA, .930 save percentage) have been solid, five of the seven losses have come on the road.

• Although the Rangers scored twice in Game 4, their power play came up empty again. New York is now 0-for-15 with the man advantage in the series and 0-for-36 since Benoit Pouliot scored in the first period of Game 2 in their first-round series vs. Philadelphia. After going 18.2% during the regular season (15th in the NHL), they are 3/44 (6.8%, worst in the playoffs) this postseason while registering 55 shots on goal. The Rangers have five players among the top eight in power-play ice time this postseason, led by Brad Richards.

• The Penguins have played 10 games this postseason without a regulation loss. All three losses – in Games 2 and 4 vs. Columbus and Game 1 vs. the Rangers – came in overtime. Since the Expansion Era (1968-present), only two teams have advanced past two postseason rounds without a regulation loss in a best-of-seven series: the 1969 Blues (8 wins, 0 losses) and 1972 Bruins (8 wins, 1 OT loss). (Elias Sports Bureau)

• Penguins forward Jussi Jokinen, who is tied for the playoffs lead in goals (six) and game-winning goals (three) extended his points streak to a career postseason high eight games (5-3–8) with his goal in Game 4. Only three other players in Stanley Cup playoffs history have recorded a point streak of eight or more games with exactly one point in each contest: Bryan Trottier and John Tonelli (both eight games) of the 1981 N.Y. Islanders and Eric Staal (nine) of the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes. Both of those teams won the Cup that season. (Elias Sports Bureau)

  1. billiam55 - May 9, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    from a NYR fan, whatever happens, happens. its been an interesting season this year for us ranger fans. IMO, penguins deserve this series.

    • joey4id - May 9, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      I agree. And no one can blame any of the personnel of the hockey operations division, and it makes no sense to whine publicly about injuries, schedules and what not. Clearly there are factors that are beyond the control of the Rangers’ management team when it comes to building availability. Besides moving into their own building and controlling it’s availability (I know it won’t happen), there’s not a heck of a lot they can do. It sucks.

      Pens…. idk… what would have been the outcome had the playing field been level with respect to the schedule we’ll never know. I’m not convinced MAF is out of his funk. Last game he gave up another soft goal, and the Pens beat a battered and tired team. One thing for sure, and I’ve been wanting to see this since the series began, keep 14 87 71 together for the remainder of the playoffs. Break them up only if they are being shut down as a unit. These guys playing together gives the Pens a whole different, and IMO a better dimension.

      • 7mantel - May 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        NYC Council voted to have MSG moved to expand Penn Station

      • 7mantel - May 9, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        So maybe your not far off .

  2. tommydugan39 - May 9, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Nyr came out and took game one like champs. Game 2 henrik gave them the chance to steal it but no big games by the big names. Listen players getting paid big bucks, Nash, Richards,st. Louis to make these games at least entertaining. But after game one rangers have gave all 3 games to pens. Fleury is very shaky I would shoot from everywhere and just play it one game at a time. Ranger fans we have a goaltender who can steal games if we play in front of him at all times. One win at a time yes it is a hard task but with fleury we can do it. We will just have to watch and hope. You never know what will happen in hockey….

    • dirt2013 - May 9, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Fleury has been the best Goalie in both series the Pens have played this year and maybe the best player also but for sure better than any Ranger.

  3. pensman29 - May 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    If the pens advance to the “final four” like they look primed to do, I’m sure it’s because of the schedule and injuries working against the rangers… At least that’s what the fans tell you. Fleury has been solid so far as showed by his streak of 145 or so minutes of not letting in a goal

    • therealjr - May 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      And then it was back to normal, giving up 2 goals on 5 shots.

      Unless they can figure out a way to get Minnesota, prepare to be smoked next round.

  4. bsfan77 - May 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    The Penns will have trouble with either the B’s or the Habs. The Rangers are playing far from good hockey right now. If you cant win a game that the other team gives you the puck 25 plus times you have a problem. The next round whether it is Boston or Montreal will be the true test for MAF and the Penns.

  5. bsfan77 - May 9, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    That is if they finish in this series.

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