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Still alive: Rangers control play, send series back to MSG

May 9, 2014, 9:53 PM EDT

Plenty of people seemed to count the New York Rangers out in their second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and they certainly still have a long way to go to totally turn the tide. Still, the team showed their mettle in elimination games once again, handling the Penguins in Pittsburgh 5-1 to extend the series to Game 6.

The Penguins still have a 3-2 series lead, but they have to wonder if they’re going to face a tougher Rangers team here on out (or if that squad might run out of gas once more).

The difference between the Rangers in Game 5 vs. 4 was night-and-day. After only managing 15 shots on goal in a dispiriting Game 4 defeat, the Rangers bested that shot output in the first period alone.

The Blueshirts enjoyed a fantastic night from Derick Brassard. Brassard’s stat line was something to savor: two goals, one assist, a +2 rating, five shots on goal and even some gritty work (six hits, one trip to the penalty box).

He wasn’t the only Rangers skater to stand out, either, as Chris Kreider looked like a difference-maker (one goal, one assist, six hits) and Mats Zuccarello piled up three assists.

The under-sized Norwegian seemed to be just one of the Rangers to get under the skin of Penguins star Sidney Crosby, who seemed especially agitated at times tonight.

Mike Milbury believes that the Penguins might want to go back to spreading the wealth by separating Crosby from Malkin (who scored a beauty for Pittsburgh’s only goal).

Ryan McDonagh had a nice night on defense (one goal and one assist) while Henrik Lundqvist looked quite sharp himself in stopping 31 out of 32 shots.

(In case you’re wondering, Rick Nash didn’t score a goal but he did notch an assist.)

Marc-Andre Fleury probably allowed a goal or two that he’d like to have back, but he’s been outstanding for most (if not all) of the other games in this series. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma might want to tell most of the Penguins – Fleury included – just to put this one out of their minds.

After winning the game, the Rangers embraced Martin St. Louis, who decided to play one night after his mother’s passing.

There was a lot of negativity surrounding the Rangers the last time they faced the Penguins in Madison Square Garden. If they can bring the kind of effort that they did not, the prevailing emotion might just be more tension for Pittsburgh.

Of course, seeing a thinner lead is likely to bring a far more concerted effort from the Penguins, too. We’ll see whether this series goes to seven games depending upon how things play out in Game 7 on Sunday.

  1. 7mantel - May 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    YES ! NYR played a solid game tonight !

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      That was a great effort tonight I see even a better one in game six so that means there is a game 7

  2. bsfan77 - May 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Rangers show up and Pens cant keep up. Gooooooooooo Rangers!

  3. canucks30 - May 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Don’t see the Penguins winning 3 straight at MSG.

    This series is going to Game 7.

    • bsfan77 - May 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Not the way they played tonight anyway! Keep frustrating Cindy!

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 9, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        You can see the real him come out when things dont go his way I absolutely enjoy it its so great to watch

  4. bsfan77 - May 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Lets see an original 6 ECF

    • mangoman1966 - May 9, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      Montreal and new york

  5. bostonstranglah72 - May 9, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Anyone see Cindy at the game? Crickets…

    • bsfan77 - May 9, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      I saw him crying to the refs about offsides and calls head ref Cindy thought should be called!

  6. ironmd778 - May 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    This series sucks so bad. Two crap teams playing crap games. Boston or Montreal will spank the winner in 5 games tops.

    • bsfan77 - May 9, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      I agree. All the talk about how good the Pens are playing. The Rangers were playing bad until tonight. The Pens havent been great but when you are handed the puck 25 plus times last game anyone can score.

      • steelcity333 - May 9, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        And the Penguins played poorly tonight. This series isn’t just about how the Rangers play like you all seem to think.

    • cheesesteak75 - May 9, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Boston and the Habs haven’t exactly lit things up. Drink another one so you can make more foggy comments.

      • pastabelly - May 10, 2014 at 5:18 AM

        They haven’t lit things up in terms of goal scoring, but both teams are playing better playoff hockey.

  7. whammy71 - May 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    No worries….Rags are pros too.

    7 still down….9 still to go.

    Pens looking to give their Mom’s a great Mother’s Day present!

    • bsfan77 - May 9, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      “Mom, it’s Cindy, we lost to the Rangers. I am coming home early.”

      “Oh Cindy, that is the best mothers day gift ever!”

      • mangoman1966 - May 9, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        Sid giving his mom a win. What are you getting mom. Flowers from a gas station. Pens in 6

    • the8man - May 9, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Whammy knows it takes 16. Long road.

      No predictions, but you came up 8 short last year. Let’s see what happens.

    • jimeejohnson - May 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      New Yawk sucks!

  8. the8man - May 9, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Bs fan here.

    That was some Blueshirt pride. Welcome back into the series. Well done. Win game 6 and anything is possible. I don’t care where it is played.

    Habs v. Rangers for the conference? Oh, how about Boston v. New York? Now, I have your attention. No predictions. But its out there. The ratings would be awesome.

    Stanley Cup Hockey is the best!

    • theskinsman - May 10, 2014 at 4:27 AM

      Rangers played with passion, the refs let the teams play, and cindy had a few minor tantrums. All things considered, a very good entertaining game.

    • larrybiv - May 10, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      A level headed Bruins fan…….nice to see. Things weren’t looking so good and then bam! They remembered what had gotten them there in the first place. Pitt is far from God’s gift to hockey and can be had. They had their chance to knock us out in 5, and didn’t bother showing up, thinking the Rangers were just going to throw in the towel. I guess they didn’t know how well the Rangers play on the road. Poor oversight. MSG will be rockin’ like only once before. Yes, would love Rangers/Bruins rematch, ya’ll took it to us last year. Would be an awesome series, but hope both series now go 7…….so it’s fair and square.

  9. steelcity333 - May 9, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Sorry when the Penguins win it’s only because the Rangers didn’t show up and when the Rangers win it’s because the Rangers did show up and the Penguins just can’t keep up with them. Great logic Rangers fans. Penguins dominated the last three games and it wasn’t just because the Rangers played poorly. The Penguins made them play poorly just like New York made the Pens play poorly tonight.

    • larrybiv - May 10, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      I actually agree with that. Whichever team played smarter and more like a “team” won. The losers were the teams that didn’t push the issue thinking it was a regular season game, that didn’t mean crap.

  10. r8rbhawk - May 9, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    you gotta love the NHL, it is the only league that doesn’t cater to its stars. How many times have guys like sid got calls after they whined? The NBA on the other hand…

    • President Charles Logan - May 9, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      how does the nba still even exist?

      • r8rbhawk - May 9, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        agreed, I only think about it when I need a comparison to remind me how great the NHL is. Sure bettman is an idiot but the NHL is leaps and bounds the best pro league. Rarely do we hear about off-ice incidents (except Ryan Malone) most the guys are class acts, hardly any whiners in the game, and the fans stick with it through thick and thin.

      • jimeejohnson - May 10, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        Because some guys can play and like more than one sport at a time. And because not every team sucks like New Yawk does.

    • sausey22 - May 9, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      what’s an nba?

  11. titansbro - May 9, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Please don’t mention that other BS league on these comment boards. Their fans just do not get what a real team sport looks like.

    • jimeejohnson - May 10, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      You sucked in bball so you disparage it.

  12. penvik - May 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Reffing was absolutely atrocious in this game. It’s plain to see the Rangers CAN stop the Penguins, it’s simple, take blatant penalties on Sid, Geno, etc.. And the refs won’t call it. But the moment the Penguins react or defend themselves it Ranger PP time. Now don’t blame the Rangers for this because the refs do this to Pittsburgh annually when the playoffs start. It’s one of the most single biggest issues with the NHL, refs should get awarded a Stanley Cup from time to time, because they’ve won a few of them lately from what I’ve seen. We all started laughing last night when Malkin got called for interference on Lundqvist, just obvious dislike against the Penguins from the white and black. There’s only 4 teams that should be playing right now. Pitt/Bos/Chi/LA. The reason the other teams are playing is because they have refs on their team. It seems to be getting worse every year.

    • jimeejohnson - May 10, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Sore losers cry like little girls

    • larrybiv - May 10, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      Are you serious, or delirious? I cannot believe what I just read. Maybe years and years of whining has finally resulted in the refs waking up……..realizing they were getting played for fools. Wow, I’m blown away.

  13. broadstreetbeatdown - May 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    The mental softness of Crosby has once again reared its ugly head. The legendary Beach Ball Fleury has shown up for the playoffs on cue and the Pens start to crumble as usual. At least Malkin showed up for the game while the rest of his team decided to play with themselves. Brassard line was playing like they were possessed. Looks like everyone on the team was playing their hearts out for Marty.

  14. jimeejohnson - May 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Elmer: NY pizza or Philly cheesesteak!

  15. apittsburgher - May 10, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Not a good game for the Pens last night. Expect to see a better effort on Sunday. Rangers are a talented team and it’s no surprise they didn’t just lie down and concede game 5. Game 6 should be a real battle and Game 7, if necessary, a firefight. broadstreetbeatdown has lots to say about the Pens. Maybe he forgets that the only second round for his pack of gingers this year is on the golf course. “Yeah but, the Pens didn’t want to have to play the gingers in the second round….blah, blah, blah……”. Guess we will never know what the outcome would have been, will we? 1975 !

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