HOCKEY: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS TRASHES NEW YORK RANGERS

HOCKEY: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS TRASHES NEW YORK RANGERS

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HOCKEY: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS TRASHES NEW YORK RANGERS

– Rapid Reaction: Pittsburgh Penguins 5, New York Rangers 0

– The Victory has Brought Rangers to the Brink of Elimination

HOCKEY: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 5, NEW YORK RANGERS 0
Pittsburgh Penguins versus New York Rangers

HOCKEY: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS TRASHES NEW YORK RANGERS

It was an amazing outing for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday Night as won the New York Rangers on five goals to nil.

The Penguins had appeared a little more speed and at the same time very skillful.

With this not unusual from their normal style of play, they became really difficult to hold down by the New Yorkers.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are now one win away from advancing to the second round playing exactly how they did during a torrid second half of the regular season by unleashing a speedy, skilled lineup that has left the battle-tested New York Rangers bereft of answers.

And more to the point after Thursday’s rather amazingly one-sided 5-0 victory by the Penguins, they have left the Rangers with zero wiggle room in which to find answers amid a boatload of self-doubt.

“We just have to man-up to the situation here and realize that this was not good enough,” said Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who was pulled after giving up four goals on 18 shots through only 26 minutes, 4 seconds of play Thursday night.

“We are playing a really good team,” he added. “Obviously, it’s my job to be there when we have breakdowns, but I was not good enough today.”

HOCKEY: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS TRASHES NEW YORK RANGERS

The Penguins were crashing the net and chased Henrik Lundqvist early.

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Could they keep on playing with speed, rolling four lines and hoping their defense could continue to get pucks out of their own zone without being bounced around by the Rangers?

Defense man Ian Cole said it took some time, but they were able to turn Sullivan’s game plan into habit rather than consciously thinking about it.

“So how does that transition into the playoffs?” Cole said. “It’s hard because every game is so much harder. There’s a lot less room on the ice. It seems like every play you make is magnified if it doesn’t work out. So I think you really need to be sure about what you’re playing.”

What the Penguins have displayed for the most part in this series which is now on the brink is a fundamental belief that their abundance of speed and skill is the bedrock on which playoff success can be built.

“Playing with speed I think is something that does transition well to the playoffs because there is so little ice to play on, and being able to stretch the rink, being able to create space with speed is really a benefit to us,” Cole said.

The Penguins whipped the hometown Rangers Thursday night to take a 3-1 series lead and push the Rangers to the brink of elimination.

Rookie Murray, vet Cullen lead Penguins to solid win

A couple of Matts who are 18 years apart came together to give the Penguins a key win and a 2-1 series lead over the Rangers.

The Penguins scored three times with the man advantage and twice more off the rush in Game 4.

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Eric Fehr drove to the net and pushed home a rebound off a hard Ben Lovejoy shot just 1:09 into the game. Conor Sheary blazed down the left side and sent a rocket over Lundqvist’s shoulder to make it 3-0 just over 16 minutes into the game.

“This team is really hard to beat when they can settle into their trap and play that neutral-zone game,” said Fehr, who has played on a line with Malkin the past two games. “It’s really tough to get pucks deep on them and they do a good job breaking it out.”

For a Rangers team that cannot match either weapon, New York must find a way to disrupt Pittsburgh’s defenders and somehow beat rookie Matt Murray, who has given up only one goal early in the second period of Game 3.

Given the confidence with which the Penguins are executing their game plan whether it’s with the man advantage where they are now a scorching 7-for-19 in the series or at 5-on-5 — it is a steep hill the Rangers must climb to extend this series beyond Game 5 on Saturday, let alone moving on in this playoff year.

“At this point there is no reason or point to try and describe what happened,” Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said. “We weren’t playing up to our potential and the way that’s necessary for us to have a chance to win a game.”

HOCKEY: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS TRASHES NEW YORK RANGERS