Penguins head for Madison Square Garden

| Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Though the Penguins were 0-3-1 this year at Madison Square Garden, they have been stellar in New York throughout their postseason history. In three previous playoff series, the Penguins are 6-1 on the Rangers' home ice and currently have a three-game postseason winning streak. They are also 8-2 in postseason series in which they have won the first two games.

He said it

"Pressure• They got pressure, we got pressure. That's playoffs. And if there's one team that does not want to take the pressure, that's up to them. Playoff hockey, every game they want to win and we want to win. I'm not buying into those things about they got the pressure and we got the pressure. This is something more for the fans and the media to take away the pressure."

-- Penguins coach Michel Therrien, on which team has more pressure on them to win Game 3


• Center Scott Gomez, Rangers

Part of the reason the Rangers went after Gomez as a free agent in the offseason was because of his postseason experience as a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils. Though he's played well against the Penguins in the regular season -- he has nine goals and 41 points in 50 games -- his goal in Game 1 is his only point in seven career postseason games against them. If the Rangers are to come back from a 2-0 deficit, that production will have to increase.

• Left Wing Ryan Malone, Penguins

There are teams players own, and there are teams that own players. For Malone, the latter is true. In 28 career games against the Rangers, including the first two games of this series, the 28-year-old power forward has only one goal and eight points, including a pair of assists in Game 1. His only goal came March 7, 2004, during his rookie year, and he has not put one behind a Rangers netminder in his last 24 games.


Heading into last night's game, Montreal and the Penguins were the only two teams in the NHL not to allow a power-play goal on the road.

The Rangers have the best home power play in the postseason, converting 3-of-9 chances in their opening-round series against New Jersey.

Penguins right wing Petr Sykora has scored four goals in the playoffs, but has yet to record an assist. He is the only player with that many goals not to have a helper.

This date in Penguins history

April 29, 1989

Everything looked like it was going the Penguins' way for Game 7 against the Philadelphia Flyers despite coming off a four-goal loss two days earlier. They had home-ice advantage, and Flyers starting goaltender Ron Hextall was scratched with a groin injury. Instead of an easy victory and moving into the Wales Conference finals for the first time in franchise history, Ken Wreggett came in for Hextall and slammed the door with a 4-1 victory that eliminated the Penguins from the playoffs and dropped them to 0-2 all-time in Game 7s.



At Mellon Arena: Trailing, 3-0, in the second period, the Penguins got goals 14 seconds apart by Jarkko Ruutu and Pascal Dupuis to get them back into the game heading into the third period. Evgeni Malkin was credited with the game-winning goal after Sidney Crosby's shot bounced off his shin pad with 1:41 to play to complete their first three-goal comeback in the postseason since Game 1 of the 1992 Stanley Cup finals.



At Mellon Arena: Jordan Staal scored his first career postseason game-winning goal, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs. The Penguins killed two Rangers' power plays in the final 6:04 to preserve the win.


7 p.m. tonight, FSN Pittsburgh

The Penguins are hoping the postseason will change their luck at Madison Square Garden, a building in which they were a horrible, 0-3-1, during the regular season. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is 0-1-1 on the road against the Rangers and has allowed six goals on 66 shots.

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