Penguins beat Rangers at own hard-nosed game
PITTSBURGH -- We knew the talent-rich Pittsburgh Penguins could win the Rembrandt games. But the question coming into this second round against a hard-working, experience-laden New York Rangers team was whether they could win the paint-by-numbers games.On Sunday afternoon, in a game that was custom-built for the Rangers with a paucity of scoring chances and tighter checking, it was the Penguins who came away with a 2-0 victory and a 2-0 series lead.
The Rangers appeared to have tied the game at 1-1 with 4:14 left in the third period. But referee Dan O'Halloran ruled the whistle was blown before Straka had jammed the puck underneath Fleury and into the net.
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We're down to the final eight teams as the battle for the Stanley Cup continues. Scott Burnside previews the second round:
• No. 1 Montreal vs. No. 6 Philadelphia
• No. 2 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 N.Y. Rangers
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