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Game Notes: Rangers vs. Pittsburgh

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Tonight's Game

The Rangers face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals (7:00 PM) at Madison Square Garden. On Tuesday, the Rangers were defeated by the Penguins, 5-3, in Game Three at Madison Square Garden and now trail the best-of-seven series three games to none. New York enters tonight's game with a 193-207-8 all-time record in its previous 408 playoff contests, including an 107-80-2 mark at home. The Rangers have posted a 37-28 record all-time in Game Four of postseason series, including a 24-17 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.

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Tune In Tonight!
Tonight's game will be televised nationally on Versus. Tune to MSG immediately following the Versus broadcast for extensive postgame coverage on a special edition of "Hockey Night Live". You can also catch tonight's radio broadcast on ESPN 1050 New York.

Rangers vs. Penguin Pre-Game Notes:

* New York enters tonight's game with a 193-207-8 all-time record in its previous 408 playoff contests, including a 107-80-2 mark at home.

* In the fourth game of a playoff series, the Rangers have posted a 37-28 record all-time; At home, they are 24-17 all-time in Game Four.

* The Rangers record in Game Four when trailing three games to none in a postseason series is 3-6 all-time.

* Jaromir Jagr is tied for fourth in the NHL and leads the team in scoring, registering three goals and nine assists for 12 points in the playoffs; His nine assists are tied for third in the league.

* Ryan Callahan leads the league in rookie shots (24), is tied for fourth in rookie goals (two) and tied for fifth in rookie points (three).

* Michal Rozsival leads the team in average icetime (24:43) and ranks first with 15 blocked shots in the playoffs.

* Marc Staal leads all NHL rookies and is tied for fifth in the league overall in plus/minus rating (plus-five).

* Martin Straka leads all team forwards with eight blocked shots.

* Jagr and Straka are tied for the team lead in multi-point games (four) in eight post-season contests.

* The Rangers rank fifth in the NHL in faceoff winning percentage, winning 243 of 474 faceoffs (51.3%) in the playoffs.

* The following members of the Rangers have won a Stanley Cup: Jagr (Pittsburgh - 1991, 1992), Brendan Shanahan (Detroit - 1997, 1998, 2002), Scott Gomez (New Jersey - 2000, 2003), and Chris Drury (Colorado - 2001).

* The following members of the Rangers have played in the Stanley Cup Finals: Jagr (Pittsburgh - 1991, 1992), Shanahan (Detroit - 1997, 1998, 2002), Gomez (New Jersey - 2000, 2001, 2003), Drury (Colorado - 2001), Straka (Florida - 1996), Marek Malik (Carolina - 2002).

* The Rangers have three former Penguins on their roster; Jagr (1990-91 to 2000-01), Rozsival (1999-00 to 2002-03) and Straka (1992-93 to 1994-95, 1997-98 to 2003-04).

* The Penguins roster lists four former Rangers; Pascal Dupuis (2006-07), Adam Hall (2006-07), Petr Sykora (2005-06), and Jeff Taffe (2005-06).

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 3-15 mark in 18 postseason contests.

Series Schedule
(Pittsburgh leads series 3-0)

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 vs. Pittsburgh at MSG, 7 p.m.
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 necessary

Rangers' All-Time Playoff Records
Overall: 193-207-8
Home: 107-80-2
Road: 86-127-6
GF: 1,151
GA: 1,178


* Sean Avery suffered a lacerated spleen during Tuesday's game vs. Pittsburgh, and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

* The Rangers have lost five manpower games due to injury or illness during the 2008 postseason.
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