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Rangers pressure puts Penguins on heels

Forecheck helps New York defeat Pittsburgh in Game 2 to square series

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- If New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault carried a checklist of things he needs them to do to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins, almost every box would be filled after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Saturday.

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist dominated. The top-six forwards produced; Penguins center Sidney Crosby did not. New York's defensemen made smart decisions at the offensive blue line and limited mistakes in general. The forechecking forwards were physical and effective in getting the puck behind Pittsburgh's defense and going to work to force turnovers. The puck went in the net.

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Lundqvist doesn't miss time, helps Rangers win Game 2

After leaving Game 1 with eye injury, goalie makes 29 saves against Penguins

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- When it comes to goalie Henrik Lundqvist, nothing surprises the New York Rangers.

In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Lundqvist played one period, was poked in the eye by Marc Staal's stick and immediately allowed the opening goal to Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist.

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Instant analysis: Rangers vs. Penguins, Game 2

Forecheck helps New York even series; Zatkoff falters for Pittsburgh

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Goalie Henrik Lundqvist returned to the lineup and held off the Pittsburgh Penguins long enough for the New York Rangers to discover their offense against a third-string goalie.

The Rangers scored three goals against Jeff Zatkoff in a span of 4:14 in the second period, and Lundqvist made 28 saves in a 4-2 win against the Penguins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Consol Energy Center on Saturday that tied the best-of-7 series 1-1.

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Second-period surge leads Rangers by Penguins

Miller assists Yandle, Brassard, Zuccarello goals 4:14 apart; New York wins Game 2, ties series

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The New York Rangers played precisely the way they wanted Saturday on their way to evening their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Four unanswered goals helped the Rangers defeat the Penguins 4-2 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Consol Energy Center.

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Rangers score 39 seconds into third period

Kreider gives New York 4-1 lead against Penguins in Game 2

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Kreider's insurance goal

NYR@PIT, Gm2: Kreider pads Rangers' lead early in 3rd

R1, Gm2: Chris Kreider blocks a clearing attempt before taking a wrist shot that goes over Jeff Zatkoff's glove and into the net

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New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider scored 39 seconds into the third period of Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

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Rangers take lead with two goals in 18 seconds

Score twice in second period against Penguins in Game 2

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Brassard's go-ahead goal

NYR@PIT, Gm2: Brassard buries go-ahead wrist shot

R1, Gm2: Derick Brassard streaks down the right wing and beats Jeff Zatkoff with a quick wrist shot past the blocker, giving the Rangers a lead

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The New York Rangers scored twice in 18 seconds to take the lead against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period of Game 2 on Saturday.

Keith Yandle scored at 12:38 off an offensive-zone faceoff, and Derick Brassard scored at 12:56. Brassard's goal was upheld after it was reviewed to see if he was offside.

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Coach's Challenge: NYR @ PIT - 12:56 of 2nd Period

Original call stands - good goal New York Rangers

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Situation Room: NYR vs. PIT

Situation Room: Brassard's goal stands after review

R1, Gm1: Following a Penguins challenge, Derick Brassard's goal stands after it was determined he was not offside prior to scoring

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At 12:56 of the second period in the Rangers/Penguins game, Pittsburgh requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether New York's Derick Brassard was off-side prior to his goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Brassard had possession and control of the puck as he entered the attacking zone, even though his skates preceded the puck over the blue line. According to Rule 83.1, "a player actually controlling the puck who shall cross the line ahead of the puck shall not be considered 'off-side,' provided he had possession and control of the puck prior to his skates crossing the blue line."

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Rangers' Lundqvist to start Game 2 against Penguins

New York goaltender reported no issues with right eye

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist will start against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Consol Energy Center on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Lundqvist sustained an injury to his right eye with 48.2 seconds remaining in the first period of Game 1 on Wednesday when the stick blade of New York defenseman Marc Staal penetrated Lundqvist's mask.

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Five keys for Rangers vs. Penguins, Game 2

Starting goalies uncertain; Malkin may play for Pittsburgh

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins play Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round Series at Consol Energy Center on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

Here are five keys for Game 2:

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Rangers' Lundqvist game-time decision vs. Penguins

New York defenseman Girardi out for Game 2; forward Malkin may return for Pittsburgh

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 2: RANGERS at PENGUINS

Eastern Conference First Round

TV: 3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports

Pittsburgh leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

After days of analyzing the Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltending situation, a bulk of the attention has now turned toward the New York Rangers' crease.

The Penguins starting goaltender for Game 2 on Saturday remains unknown, but a 5-2 win secured by Jeff Zatkoff on Wednesday has helped alleviate some pressure. New York, on the other hand, will enter Saturday having lost to Pittsburgh's third-string goaltender and with its own uncertainty at the position.

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