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Pittsburgh Penguins-New York Rangers Game Breakers

Wednesday, 04.23.2008 / 11:08 AM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By NHL.com Staff


Sidney Crosby
In four games against Ottawa, Crosby had six assists, eight points, and showed he was fully healed from the ankle injury that sabotaged the second half of his season. Crosby’s presence makes the Pens a sure Stanley Cup favorite.

Gary RobertsThe Penguins’ most battle-tested veteran set the tone with a pair of goals in Game 1 against the Senators. Nothing will happen to the Pens in the playoffs that Roberts hasn’t seen before, which is an invaluable asset for a young team.


Marc-Andre FleuryThe goalie silenced all doubters with a stellar first-round performance against the Senators. He seems to be building confidence as he goes along. The Pens no longer need to outscore teams to win games.



Jaromir Jagr -- It was the same old Jagr in the first round against New Jersey. He was affable with the media before games, yet a key playmaker during them. Jagr led the Rangers with six assists and eight points against the Devils, proving again that he is the main man.

Scott Gomez -- The two-time Stanley Cup champion proved against his old team why his new team wanted him so badly. Gomez is a smart, slick, instinctive center who possesses every intangible you need to win in the playoffs. He had three goals and four assists in Round 1.

Henrik Lundqvist -- Could this be the year that Lundqvist breaks out in the playoffs? Through one round, he’s looking pretty good. The Rangers third-year goalie was good in out-dueling Martin Brodeur. He had a 2.35 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
Quote of the Day

We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp