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Rangers' penalty killers frustrating Penguins

by Dan Rosen

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- One way to keep the Pittsburgh Penguins' elite scorers off the board and frustrated is to not give them anything on the score sheet or much in the way of momentum when they're on the power play.

The New York Rangers have staved off elimination twice to force Game 7 in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Penguins on Tuesday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS) by doing just that.

New York is 12-for-12 on the penalty kill in the past four games, including 8-for-8 in the past two, and 18-for-19 in the series. It's a major improvement for their PK from the first round against the Philadelphia Flyers, who scored six power play goals on 21 chances.

"It starts with our goalie," forward Rick Nash said. "If you're going to have successful penalty killing you need your goalie to be your best killer. Then you look at guys like [Brian] Boyle blocking shots and [Carl] Hagelin with his speed and Dominic Moore. These guys are putting forth great efforts. The other part is [assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson's] game plan. It seems like he always has a good game plan and system."

Lundqvist has 25 saves on the penalty kill in the series. The Rangers' penalty killers have blocked 11 shots, including two each for Boyle, Nash and Martin St. Louis. The Rangers have five shorthanded shots on goal, including two for Derek Stepan.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has just one shot on goal on the power play in the series.

Prior to Game 6, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he thought the power play was creating some good looks, but they weren't attacking enough to capitalize on them. He said some of the Penguins' power plays have simply been possession power plays, which aren't always dangerous.

Not much changed in Game 6.

"They're studying the tape. It starts with goaltending, and we've had some great goaltending," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "We've had quite a few guys put their body on the line to block those big-time shots. We've worked extremely hard."


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