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Insider: Have the Pens taken control?

| Monday, April 28, 2008

Burning question: Have the Penguins merely held serve, or have they taken control of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the New York Rangers by winning the first two games at Mellon Arena?

Breakdown: The Rangers will have to win four of the next five games to advance, but with Games 3 and 4 scheduled at Madison Square Garden in New York, they have an opportunity to cut their task in half by winning a couple of games at home and turning the series into a best-of-three.

PuckSpeak: "I think it's significant. We have home-ice advantage, and we kept it. That was our goal, to win two here. Now, our goal is to win Game 3. We're not looking too far ahead, and that's what's made us successful in these first six (postseason) games." -- Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney.

Looking ahead: The Penguins have put themselves in position to take a stranglehold on the series by winning one of two on the road, while the Rangers will be scrambling to get back into it in Game 3. Although Game 1 was a one-goal game and Game 2 a one-goal game with an empty-netter attached, the Penguins have been the better team through 120 minutes. They've been better on special teams. They've been generating more quality scoring chances five-on-five. And they have to be the more confident team at this point. Although the Rangers are returning home, they'll need more than a change of venue to reverse what's taken place in the first two games. Additional Information:

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