Kevin Hayes scored at 3:14 of overtime to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round series.
In playoff atmospheres where momentum can change from shift to shift and it’s anyone’s guess how the result of one game will affect the next, there seems to be one constant between the Rangers and Penguins.
Given a chance to put the pressure squarely on the Rangers, Pittsburgh instead reverted back to the uneven play it’s been unable to shake the past five months.
The suddenly vulnerable Blueshirts will enter the lion’s den when they take the ice at Consol Energy Center against the Penguins on Monday night.
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When they have a lead, the Blueshirts knuckle down. They are the masters of closing out victories. The Penguins got a taste of it in Game 1 on Thursday night.
When the puck drops Thursday night for the opener of their seven-game Eastern Conference playoff series, the Rangers will have been on a tear that began when they made the Stanley Cup finals in 2014.
With the series opener upon us, here are the keys to what should be a highly charged, emotional series.
Look for Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Derek Stepan, Marty St. Louis and Mats Zuccarello to torch Fleury repeatedly.
Henrik Lundqvist told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Tuesday afternoon that he’s in a good place physically as the Rangers ready for their opening round playoff series against Pittsburgh.
Defenseman Simon Despres scored 2:21 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied late and beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Friday night.
What a difference a year makes. Rangers winger Rick Nash is dominating all areas of the ice and is in the mix for several awards.
Rick Nash scored twice to lift his goal total to an NHL-high 28 and the New York Rangers drummed the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Sunday.
Kyle Okposo scored three of his four goals in the third period to complete his first NHL hat trick, and the New York Islanders jumped back into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Anders Lee scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves, and the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Saturday night to sweep a home-and-home series.