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Round 1, Gm 1: Rangers at Penguins

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Shorthanded goal the turning point in Penguins' win

Kuhnhackl, Lovejoy combine for key play in Game 1 victory against Rangers

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Kuhnhackl's goal on rush

NYR@PIT, Gm1: Kuhnhackl scores on shorthanded rush

R1, Gm1: Tom Kuhnhackl receives a pass from Nick Bonino on a 2-on-1 and rips his shot past Antti Raanta, restoring the Penguins' lead to two

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman who made arguably the biggest play of the game Wednesday at Consol Energy Center insists that he doesn't even remember doing it.

Someone should to show Ben Lovejoy the video highlight of his defensive play at 5:19 of the third period, because it was arguably the turning point in a 5-2 win for the Penguins against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series.

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Lundqvist injury a big concern for Rangers

Goalie leaves game; status for Game 2 against Penguins in question

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Lundqvist shaken up, later exits

NYR@PIT, Gm1: Lundqvist shaken up in 1st, later exits

R1, Gm1: Henrik Lundqvist goes down to the ice after being struck by a stick in the 1st, forcing his exit prior to the start of the 2nd period

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PITTSBURGH -- The New York Rangers were left picking up the pieces following their 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday after they lost their most important player for the game, and perhaps longer.

The Rangers don't yet know the status of goalie Henrik Lundqvist for Game 2 on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). Lundqvist left Game 1 after the first period with an apparent right eye injury and coach Alain Vigneault said he would be reevaluated Thursday.

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Hornqvist getting hang of hat tricks

Penguins forward has first in playoffs in Game 1 win against Rangers

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

Hornqvist's hat trick

NYR@PIT, Gm1: Hornqvist lights the lamp three times

R1, Gm1: Patric Hornqvist scores in the 1st period and lights the lamp twice in the 3rd, picking up the hat trick in the Penguins' 5-2 victory

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PITTSBURGH -- Less than two months ago, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist had never scored a hat trick in the NHL.

Hornqvist now has two after scoring three goals in Pittsburgh's 5-2 win against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday.

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Zatkoff pushes Penguins past Rangers in Game 1

New York goalie Lundqvist injured; Hornqvist has hat trick for Pittsburgh

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff received a text message from Marc-Andre Fleury on Tuesday informing him of his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut the following night.

Zatkoff made the most of the opportunity with 35 saves Wednesday in a 5-2 win against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round Series at Consol Energy Center.

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Instant analysis: Rangers vs. Penguins, Game 1

Zatkoff, Pittsburgh's speed too much for New York

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Rangers 5-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday. It featured a backup goalie in each net, a hat trick, a shorthanded goal, and a coach's challenge.

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Situation Room

Coach's Challenge: NYR @ PIT - 8:02 of the 3rd Period

Original call stands - good goal Pittsburgh Penguins

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Situation Room: NYR vs. Pit, Gm1

Situation Room: Goal stands after review

R1, Gm1: The Rangers challenge the Penguins' goal and the call on the ice stands after a review

  • 02:50 •

At 8:02 of the third period in the Rangers/Penguins game, New York requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether a Pittsburgh player interfered with New York goaltender Antti Raanta prior to Patric Hornqvist's goal. 

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line. 

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Lundqvist leaves after getting hit in eye with stick

Rangers goalie finished first period, but replaced by Raanta to start second

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Lundqvist shaken up, later exits

NYR@PIT, Gm1: Lundqvist shaken up in 1st, later exits

R1, Gm1: Henrik Lundqvist goes down to the ice after being struck by a stick in the 1st, forcing his exit prior to the start of the 2nd period

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist didn't start the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday after getting hit in the eye by the stick of teammate Marc Staal late in the first.

With 49 seconds to go in the period, Staal was defending in front of the net when his stick went under Lundqvist's facemask and appeared to injure the goalie's right eye. After going to the bench and being treated by trainers, Lundqvist went back to the net.

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Penguins goalie Fleury out for Game 1 against Rangers

Zatkoff makes Stanley Cup Playoffs debut

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion) is scratched for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday. 

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Five keys for Rangers vs. Penguins Game 1

Pittsburgh goalies, Staal brothers will be in the spotlight

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins begin their Eastern Conference First Round Series at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports 2, ROOT, MSG). Here are five keys for Game 1:

1. Fleury or Zatkoff: Penguins coach Mike Sullivan likely knows who Pittsburgh's starting goalie will be in Game 1, but he's not saying anything publicly other than "game-time decision." Defenseman Ben Lovejoy said the players also were instructed not to talk about the goaltending situation.

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Penguins' Fleury game-time decision for Game 1

Pittsburgh goalie has been sidelined with concussion

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, ROOT, MSG). 

If Fleury can't play, Jeff Zatkoff will be the starting goalie. Fleury and Zatkoff were the only two goalies on the ice Wednesday morning.

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