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By The The Tribune-Review
Sunday, April 27, 2008

With their Game 1 victory, the Penguins have won five consecutive playoff games for the first time since 1996, when they came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Washington in six, then won the first game of their series against the Rangers. In three previous postseason meetings, the Rangers have won Game 2 twice, in 1992 and 1996. The Penguins took Game 2 only in their 1989 sweep.

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Defenseman Michal Rozsival, New York Rangers

Rozsival had a reputation for injury and underachievement in his four seasons in Pittsburgh. But after signing with the Rangers after the lockout, he's become one of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL. The one team against which he's shown the most potential for elite status is the Penguins. He had three goals and seven points in eight regular-season games and added a career-postseason-high three assists in Game 1. He's also hard to miss, as he led the Rangers in ice time during the regular season at 24:27 per game and in Game 1 at 23:37.

He said it:

"It's a huge game for us, we know that, and we know they're going to come out hard again. We've got to be ready and we know that we've got to find a way to win. We know we can play better and we know we have to. Playoff hockey is not 5-4. It's 2-1, so we've got to tighten up defensively and play our style of game. We got away from that."

-- Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky on his team's sense of urgency for Game 2.

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