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Penguins Report: Game Day at NY Rangers (Game 2)

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins



GAME DAY VIDEOS

Sidney Crosby



Patric Hornqvist



Ian Cole



--Michelle Crechiolo


GAME DAY REPORT
Celina Pompeani and Sam Kasan discuss Game 2 against the New York Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden.

--Michelle Crechiolo


QUOTE 'EM


--Sam Kasan


LINEUP UPDATE
Head coach Mike Johnston said that Christian Ehrhoff and Derrick Pouliot are not available for tonight's game. The team will use the same lineup from Game 1.

--Sam Kasan


PENS PICS


Awesome photo of goalie coach Mike Bales with Fleury


Bennett warms up the Flower


Crosby skates by to check his progress


D-men gathered at center ice


Martin is one of the veteran leaders on the Pens blue line


Along with Scuderi, whose nose sports a gash from getting caught with a stick on a follow through in Game 1


Scott Harrington looking to make his NHL postseason debut in this series


Malkin goes for a shot


The captain


Assistant coach Tocchet with head coach Johnston

--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan


MORNING SKATE INFO
The Pens had full participation at their morning skate. All healthy players were present, as well as defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Derrick Pouliot.

--Sam Kasan


PENS DISCUSS GAME 1
The Pens held an off-ice workout on Friday afternoon prior to Saturday’s Game 2 matchup with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Head coach Mike Johnston and a few players spoke with the media. Here are some key points from that availability

Mike Johnston on the Pens’ Discipline
At this time of the year you want to battle, you want to compete. But you have to take it. If something happens in a game where you get hit, you get punched, you get sticked, those types of things, you just have to take it. Your discipline has to be right on line. We know what the refs are going to call. They made it clear what they’re going to call for this playoff series. The standards are similar to the year, but they’re going to hold those standards strict.

Paul Martin on Game 1 Takeaway
Besides our slow start we gave ourselves a reason to believe that we could be right there. Five-on-five we played a lot of the way we wanted to play, according to our game plan. We were able to create some opportunities and get some pucks down on (Henrik) Lundqvist with some traffic in front, spend some time in their zone. They’re a good team. They have a lot of depth and are strong in all positions. It’s going to be a challenge. But we think we are right there. We have our own guys that can do the same thing. It’s going to be a good game tomorrow.

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--Sam Kasan


DIGITAL PREVIEW


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GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS



--Sam Kasan


START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. Tonight the Pens try to draw even blood with the Rangers in Game 2 of their opening-round series after dropping Game 1 Thursday night. Pittsburgh is hoping to leave the Big Apple with a split in the series before the shift heads back to the 'Burgh. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the action...
  • The Penguins and New York Rangers play Game 2 of the First Round (TV: NBC; Radio 105.9 The X) at Madison Square Garden.
  • Last year the Penguins followed a Game 1 loss to the Rangers by winning Game 2 to even the series.
  • Pittsburgh is 33-24 all-time in Game 2, including 9-13 on the road.
  • Of the 18 series the Penguins have played in the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin era, seven have been knotted at 1-1 after two games, including three of the last five series involving the Penguins.
  • Last year, three of the eight NHL First Round series were tied at 1-1 after two games.
  • Of the five series that were 2-0 after two games, in four of the five instances the home team held the commanding advantage.
  • Ironically, three of those four home teams that began with 2-0 leads went on to LOSE the series in six or seven games.
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--Sam Kasan
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