May 13, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (right) reacts after scoring a goal against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period in game seven of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins: Game 7 Wrap-Up

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FINAL SCORE: New York Rangers – 2 Pittsburgh Penguins – 1

SERIES SCORE: New York Rangers – 4 Pittsburgh Penguins – 3

FIRST PERIOD: Here we are, game seven and the Rangers were looking to complete their comeback. The play to start the period was back and forth for both teams, each team was getting chances in the offensive zone and Pittsburgh got the first couple shots on goal. Five and a half minutes into the first period Dominic Moore passed the puck to Brian Boyle who put the puck in the back of the net. Here’s a note about Moore, this is his third game seven in Pittsburgh against the Penguins, he’s gotten a  point in all three of those games, with the Montreal Canadiens in 2010 (they won), the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2011(they won), and now with the Rangers(lets hope). After that goal though there was a major push back by Pittsburgh, the Penguins spent a lot of time in the offensive zone and really challenged Lundqvist, who stood tall to the task. At 16:37 gone by, Chris Kreider took his obligatory penalty that he takes every game and sent the Penguins to the power play. However 50 seconds later James Neal took a penalty that cancelled out the man advantage and there was four on four play for 70 seconds. When that penalty ended the Rangers were on a short power play where Mats Zuccarello got a good chance in front but was stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury. The period came to its end and the Rangers were up 1-0 but down 10-7 in shots.

SECOND PERIOD:  The second period started and as you could imagine the Penguins were pushing, trying to score the goal that would put them and their fans back into the game. After a lot of pressure in their offensive zone the Penguins finally score on a rebound just a little over four minutes gone by Jussi Jokinen puts the puck past Lundqvist and ties the game at one. Two and half minutes after the Penguins score Matt Niskanen takes a penalty and gives the Rangers a crucial power play chance. Brad Richards, who is 6-0 all time in game sevens, does not pass the opportunity up and scores a power play goal to break the tie and give the Rangers a one goal lead again. For the next 12 minutes it was fairly even although the Penguins got many more shots on goal than the Rangers did. After the 12 minutes had gone by, the period ended and the Rangers held another one goal lead, this time it was 2-1 but were out shot 13-6 for that period and 23-13 for the game at this point.

THIRD PERIOD: This period was crazy, back and forth all the way around. The Penguins pressured the Rangers as you could tell some players and particular coaches had their jobs on the line. This period belongs to Henrik Lundqvist without a doubt, he made 13 saves on the period but it was the manner in which he made the saves. Huge saves at key points, on first, second even third shots by the Penguins who could not solve Lundqvist. At 14:45 gone by in the period Evgeni Malkin and Ryan McDonagh took matching penalties and in the following four on four no one scores. However, as time was winding down and it seemed to go forever, but it did eventually end. The Rangers win 2-1 and advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the second time in three years.

Tags: Brad Richards Brian Boyle Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers

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