The Rangers face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals (2:00 PM) at Mellon Arena. On Thursday, the Rangers defeated the Penguins, 3-0, in Game Four at Madison Square Garden and now trail the best-of-seven series three games to one. New York enters tonight's game with a 194-207-8 all-time record in its previous 409 playoff contests, including an 86-127-6 mark on the road. The Rangers have posted a 23-28 record all-time in Game Five of postseason series, including a 17-21 mark at MSG. In the Conference Quarterfinals, the Rangers eliminated the Devils in five games, marking the second consecutive season the Blueshirts advanced to the Conference Semifinals.Download complete game notes >>
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Todays game will be televised nationally on NBC. You can also catch the radio broadcast 1050 ESPN New York. Tune to MSG immediately following the NBC broadcast for extensive postgame coverage.All-Time Playoff History - Rangers vs. Penguins
The Rangers and Penguins are meeting in the playoffs for the fourth time overall and the first time in 12 years. The clubs' last postseason encounter was an Eastern Conference Semifinal series in 1996, won by Pittsburgh 4-1. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 0-3 playoff series record vs. the Penguins, posting a 4-15 mark in 19 postseason contests.Series Schedule
(Pittsburgh leads series 3-1)
April 25 Rangers 4, Penguins 5 at Pittsburgh
April 27 Rangers 0, Penguins 2 at Pittsburgh
April 29 Rangers 3, Pittsburgh 5 at MSG
May 1 Rangers 3, Pittsburgh 0 at MSG
May 4 Rangers at Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.
May 5* Rangers vs. Pittsburgh at MSG, 7 p.m.
May 7* Rangers at Pittsburgh, TBD
* -- if necessaryRangers' All-Time Playoff Records
* Sean Avery
will be sidelined for the remainder of the season after suffering a lacerated spleen on Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh, and has missed one game.
* Blair Betts suffered a facial fracture on Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh, and has missed one game.
* The Rangers have lost seven manpower games due to injury or illness during the 2008 postseason.