Pens' Roberts still day-to-day
During the eight games the Penguins played against the Rangers during the regular season, they failed to get more than 10 shots in a period 17 of 24 times and were outshot every game. Though the Penguins finally outshot the Rangers in Game 1, 26-24, they still failed to get off more than 10 shots in any one period and had only one shot in the final 13:17 of the first frame.
"It's switches in momentum and it's playoff hockey," Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis said. "They're a good team, and they played well for that period of time. They put some shots on net and we didn't, and we, obviously, have to work harder and our chances are going to come."
Both teams were upset at the condition of the ice surface at Mellon Arena in Game 1. With pucks bouncing everywhere, the NHL is expected to bring in ice guru Dan Craig to see what he can do to help the situation.
"I can't remember the ice conditions when I played here, but it wasn't really good ice (Friday) night," Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival said. "It seems to be much better (Saturday), so they must have done something about it and, hopefully, it will be even better for (today's) game."
Penguins left wing Gary Roberts practiced again with the team yesterday, but he is still listed as day-to-day with a sore groin. Roberts' status for Game 2 is uncertain. Adam Hall replaced Roberts in Friday's lineup and had one shot, one hit and won 3 of 6 faceoffs during his 7:53 of ice time.
Rangers coach Tom Renney hinted that he may insert right wing Petr Prucha into the lineup for Game 2. Prucha only played one game in the Rangers first-round series against New Jersey and was a minus-1 with no shots. Though he only had one assist and four penalty minutes in seven games against the Penguins this season, he has decent career numbers against them. In 16 games against the Penguins coming into the season, Prucha has four goals, nine points and is a plus-3.
Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney had four of the team's seven giveaways in Game 1, including three in the first period. Conversely, Jaromir Jagr and Sean Avery had two apiece, as the Rangers finished with five. ... Center Sidney Crosby pointed to the Rangers propensity for blocking shots as a reason the Penguins could not generate shots on goal in the regular season. But the Penguins beat them at their own game in the opener, blocking 12 to the Rangers' 10, with defenseman Sergei Gonchar leading the way with three. ... For a skilled offensive team, the Penguins dealt out their fair share of checks in Game 1. The Penguins outhit the Rangers, 48-37, with Jarkko Ruutu leading the way with 10. ... Crosby was only seventh on the Penguins with 18:40 of ice time and fourth among forwards behind Evgeni Malkin, Ryan Malone and Marian Hossa. ... Scott Gomez led all Rangers in ice time with 20:30. ... Malkin was only 2 for 11 (18.2 percent) on faceoffs. ... The Rangers scratched 14 players from their lineup in Game 1, while the Penguins scratched five.