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Rangers 5, Penguins 1

The New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by the score of 5-1 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, tonight. The Penguins lead the series 3-2. For a box score, so to Yahoo! Sports.

…seriously, where has this team been? The battle level in the first two periods was better than at any point in the playoffs. Desperation? Check. Urgency? Check. Balls? Check. And not surprisingly, with the Rangers finally displaying some emotion, we started to see some nastiness between the two teams for the first time in the series. Fun to watch.

…i’d love to sit here and tell you that tonight’s effort can be attributed to the Rangers backs being against the wall, but it’s pretty obvious that the St. Louis tragedy is what buoyed these guys onto victory tonight. Provided the team with some much needed emotion.

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…St. Louis was pointless with just one shot on goal, but he was the #1 star of the game for just putting his jersey on tonight. Game 6 on Mother’s Day? The story writes itself.

…i guess we found out the two things that have been missing from the Rangers power play this postseason…Chris & Kreider.

…welcome to the 2014 playoffs Ryan McDonagh.

…where would the Rangers be without Poops-Brass-Zucc? And who would have predicted that before the season began?

…best part of the first Brassard goal? He went to the net and was rewarded. Funny how that happens.

…can’t wait to read all the articles in the Pittsburgh newspapers tomorrow chastising Niskanen for this disgusting head shot on Klein…

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…Staal has somehow gone from the Rangers best defenseman in round one to the worst in round two.

…is there a play that sums up Nash’s postseason more than this?…

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…speaking of Nash, do you realize that Kevin Klein now has more goals than him right now. Kevin Klein!

…we’re all caught up in the power play finally scoring and the St. Louis story line, but Lundqvist quietly kept the Penguins from getting back into that game. He was awesome tonight.

…we’ve seen in the past that the Penguins are prone to getting rattled in the postseason and the third period was the first sign of that in this series.

…and no Pittsburgh player personifies that more than Fleury, who hasn’t recovered from that late bad angle Zuccarello goal in Game 4. He’s questioning himself right now and the Rangers need to take advantage of that on Sunday.

…it was so quiet in CONSOL Energy Center at the end of the game it almost sounded like Madison Square Garden.

…it’s also not surprising to see the Rangers bounce back after having a couple of days off. As much as I hate giving a team an excuse. the schedule destroyed them to start this series.

…i never like to give Crosby credit for anything, but he earned a ton of respect from me tonight for consoling St. Louis before the game…

…while the Rangers power play struggles have gotten all the headlines, the Penguins are quietly just 1-for-15 with the extra man in this series. Big time props to the Rangers penalty killers, especially on that 5-on-3 that could have been the turning point of the game tonight.

…and Boyle’s play during that penalty kill is why he needs to be back in a Rangers uniform next year. Unfortunately, I don’t think the Rangers will be able to afford him.

…still a long way to go, but that win puts a seed of doubt in the Penguins mind and with the Rangers likely to have the emotional edge again on Mother’s Day, a Game 7 seems very likely. The Rangers wouldn’t have it any other way.

Highlights…

Post game talk…

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