The Rangers were up 3-1 in the series and needed this win in Game 5 to shut down the Penguins and move onto round two. All four of the Rangers victories in the series were 2-1 score.
“It’s a huge relief, first and foremost,” stated team captain Ryan McDonagh to blueshirtsunited.com. “Obviously you’re excited that you have an opportunity to advance into the second round. It was a hard-fought series. They are a great team with a lot of skill. It took everything we had to take them down.”
Henrik Lundqvist and Marc-Andre Fleury were both incredible in the net. Lundqvist made 37 saves, including 14 he faced in the third period from desperate Penguins attempting a lead. Fleury made 34 saves, and was extremely on top of his game in the first two periods.
Derek Stepan scored a power play goal 4:23 into the game, Dan Boyle and Derick Brassard assisted on the goal, to give the Rangers an early lead.Read more... Join the Conversation...