GAME DAY INTERVIEWSPatric Hornqvist Brandon Sutter Maxim Lapierre --Michelle Crechiolo
GAME DAY REPORT
Celina Pompeani and Sam Kasan discuss Game 5 against the New York Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden. --Michelle Crechiolo
PENS QUOTES--Sam Kasan
NY RANGERS QUOTES--Sam Kasan
Hornqvist displays perfect form while taking a shot on Fleury
The two happiest, smiliest, most positive guys on the Pens roster
Crosby: "the reality is we’ve just got to go there and win one and have our best game of the year."
The Pens are going to need a big game out of this guy tonight
Crosby: "With bigger games, you want to make sure you raise your level and find a way to help your team win and that’s exactly what (myself and Malkin) will try to do."
Goalie coach Mike Bales probably laughing at Fleury's antics
D-men Pouliot and Chorney look loose heading into tonight's elimination game
Bennett works on his net-front presence
Lovejoy skates up to join Scuderi and Cole at the bench
Assistant coach Rick Tocchet
Flower lunges to try and stop Sid--Michelle Crechiolo and Sam Kasan
MORNING SKATE INFO
All expected players are on the ice for morning skate here at Madison Square Garden, including Derrick Pouliot and Beau Bennett. Christian Ehrhoff and Kris Letang are both absent.
After practice, head coach Mike Johnston said there will not be any changes to the lineup for Game 5, explaining that "we don’t have any injured players available." That means all of the aforementioned guys, along with Craig Adams, will remain out. Defenseman Scott Harrington was re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton yesterday.--Michelle Crechiolo
GAME 4 HIGHLIGHTS --Sam Kasan
START ME UP
Good morning hockey fans. Tonight, the Pens' season comes down to one game. Trailing 3-1 in their First Round series against the Rangers, the Pens will be fighting for their lives for the remainder of the series. Every 60 minutes could be their last. It's do or die. Here are some game notes to get you ready for the action...
- The Penguins and New York Rangers play Game 5 of the First Round (TV: ROOT SPORTS; Radio 105.9 The X) at Madison Square Garden.
- Last year it was the Penguins who held a 3-1 series lead against the Rangers following the first four games. During those first four games, the Penguins held a plus-6 goal differential.
- Heading into Game 5 of this series, New York has a plus-2 goal differential.
- Pittsburgh is 24-20 all-time in Game 5, including 7-12 on the road.
- This marks the 10th time in club history that the Penguins have trailed a series 3-1. The team is 2-7 in such instances, coming back to defeat Washington in the 1992 Patrick Division Semifinals and the Capitals again in the 1995 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
- Pittsburgh’s all-time record in Game 5 when trailing a series, 3-1, is 5-4.
Stick tap: Pens PR--Sam Kasan