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Round 1, Gm 5: Rangers at Penguins

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Five reasons the Penguins advanced

Special teams, depth, star power proved too much for Rangers

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins got a significantly different result in their third series with the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in three years.

After being eliminated by the Rangers in each of the past two postseasons, the Penguins controlled much of the Eastern Conference First Round series on their way to a 4-1 series victory. Pittsburgh was particularly impressive in Games 4 and 5, winning by the combined score of 11-3.

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Five reasons the Rangers were eliminated

Lundqvist's poor performance, Penguins' speed hurt New York in first-round series

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The New York Rangers knew what was coming. They couldn't stop it.

The Pittsburgh Penguins steamrolled into the Stanley Cup Playoffs as winners of 14 of their last 16 games while averaging four goals per game. The Rangers thought they had a great chance to slow down the Penguins with their experience, their goaltender and their history of knocking them out of the playoffs the previous two seasons.

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Speed has Penguins on fast track in playoffs

'Totally different team' built by GM Rutherford for coach Sullivan

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- General manager Jim Rutherford has pulled off a 7-10 split that has the Pittsburgh Penguins that much closer to winning the Stanley Cup.

Seven skaters who played for the Penguins against the New York Rangers in Eastern Conference First Round last season were on the ice Saturday at Consol Energy Center, helping Pittsburgh eliminate the Rangers in five games, reversing the result of last year.

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'Feeling of embarrassment' for Lundqvist, Rangers

New York goalie laments season-ending Game 5 loss to Pittsburgh

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

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Lundqvist On Game 5 Loss

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist reacts to the Game 5 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins

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PITTSBURGH -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist felt hopeless.

Lundqvist played a significant role in eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past two years. On Saturday, he allowed four goals in the second period and watched from the bench in the third while the Rangers struggled to a 6-3 loss to the Penguins at Consol Energy Center and a 4-1 series defeat in the Eastern Conference First Round.

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Instant analysis: Rangers vs. Penguins, Game 5

Pittsburgh's speed, depth too much for Rangers in first round

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins became the second team to advance to the Eastern Conference Second Round with a 6-3, Game 5 win against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center on Saturday. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-1 in the best-of-7 first-round series.

The Penguins, who lost to the Rangers in five games in the first round last season, have to wait until Sunday at the earliest to find out who they will play next, the winner of the series between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers.

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Penguins eliminate Rangers with dominant Game 5

Use big second period to reach second round; Capitals or Flyers next

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins kept history from repeating itself.

A second-period surge gave the Penguins a 6-3, Game 5 win against the New York Rangers that ended their Eastern Conference First Round series at Consol Energy Center on Saturday.

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Penguins break tie with four goals in second period

Rust scores twice to help Pittsburgh take 6-2 lead in Game 5 against Rangers

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Rust finishes Daley's feed

NYR@PIT, Gm5: Rust buries puck past Lundqvist

R1, Gm5: Bryan Rust collects Trevor Daley's slick feed in front and wrists it past Henrik Lundqvist to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead in the 2nd

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Bryan Rust scored the first and fourth goals of the second period less than 14 minutes apart to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 6-2 lead against the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Consol Energy Center on Saturday.

Rust broke a 2-2 tie at 5:21 of the period. Matt Cullen scored at 9:26 and Conor Sheary at 16:18 before Rust got his second at 19:01 for the 6-2 lead.

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Rangers, Penguins have back-and-forth first period

Pittsburgh rallies twice to tie score at 2-2

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Nash's early tip-in goal

NYR@PIT, Gm5: Nash deflects it past Murray

R1, Gm5: Rick Nash deflects Dan Girardi's shot past Matthew Murray to put the Rangers up 1-0 early in the 1st period

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The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins had a back-and-forth first period in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Consol Energy Center on Saturday.

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Rangers' Boyle late scratch for Game 5 vs. Penguins

Veteran defenseman may have played last NHL game, previously saying he likely would retire

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle is scratched against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Consol Energy Center on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports, SN360).

Boyle, who previously told NorthJersey.com he will likely retire at the end of the 2015-16 season, may have played his final NHL game, should the Rangers be eliminated from the playoffs Saturday.

Pittsburgh leads the best-of-7 series 3-1.

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Five keys for Rangers, Penguins Game 5

New York needs gritty effort; special teams can lift Pittsburgh

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Penguins can eliminate the New York Rangers with a win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Consol Energy Center on Saturday (3 p.m. ET: NBC, SN360, TVA Sports). The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-1. 

This is the third straight season the Rangers have faced a 3-1 deficit in a Stanley Cup Playoff series. They rallied to win the past two, including in 2014 against the Penguins when they faced a 3-1 deficit going into Pittsburgh for Game 5 in the second round.

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