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Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby Crankshaft on Fri May 09, 2014 4:56 pm

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Rangers
May 9th, 2014 - 7:00 PM EST

Tonight is for closers only. No whining. No complaining. Just bring the pain.

What’s it going to take to close tonight?
Spoiler:
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Playoff Summary
Pittsburgh leads best-of-7 series 3-1

Big Story
The Pittsburgh Penguins are close to a return trip to the Eastern Conference Final, but Penguins coach Dan Bylsma knows his team needs one more strong effort before booking plans for the next round.

"It's only three wins and that gives you nothing," Bylsma said Thursday. "We have an opportunity back home in Game 5. We need to be as desperate as we've been all playoffs to get this fourth win."

The New York Rangers spent time on their off-day going over their mistakes in Game 4 in order to be better in Game 5.

"A lot of our mistakes [in Game 4] were execution and our execution, we've proven in the past, can be a lot better than it was and that's what we're banking on," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday. "We've been a solid road team all year long. We've been able to win in that building, so we need to win one game and that's what we're going to try to do."

Who's Hot
Jokinen has points in eight straight games for the Penguins; he's totaled five goals and three assists in that span.

Hagelin's goal in the second period of Game 4 snapped New York's scoring drought at 145:30 and tied him for the team playoff lead with three goals.

Injury Report
The Penguins likely will be without defenseman Brooks Orpik (undisclosed), who returned Wednesday after missing five games but left late in the first period and didn't play again.

The Rangers have no announced injuries.

Projected Lineups:
Coach Bylsma: “There are no injury updates. No lineup -it’s game-time. And Marc-Andre Fleury will still be in net. You’re welcome."
(Source: https://twitter.com/penguins/status/464790180042645504)

Penguins
One area in which Pittsburgh has been able to control the series against the Rangers is in the faceoff circle. The Penguins have dominated on draws, including a 31-18 advantage in Game 4.

Among the Penguins' big winners Wednesday were Sidney Crosby (10-for-15), Joe Vitale (7-for-11) and Brandon Sutter (8-for-13).

"Our matchups have been better in terms of the faceoff circle," Bylsma said. "Jussi [Jokinen] hasn't taken a lot of draws, but he has a good percentage against some of the Rangers so he's jumped into the left dot to take some draws. Marcel [Goc] is strong on the left dot, Brandon on the right dot. Sid has been good in the circle as well. We've been able to utilize different guys in different matchups to hopefully try to gain an advantage in the circle."


Rangers
In hope of generating more offense, Vigneault shuffled his forward lines at practice Thursday. A new-look top trio featured Derek Stepan centering Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello, with Derick Brassard centering Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis. Another line featured Brad Richards between Rick Nash and Daniel Carcillo, although Carcillo's spot likely will go to Carl Hagelin for Game 5; Hagelin did not skate Thursday.

Stepan, Nash and St. Louis have combined for zero points and a minus-5 rating in four games. That trio was broken up when Kreider returned to the lineup in Game 4, but he had one shot and a minus-1 rating in his first game since March 24.

"I'm looking at all possibilities right now," Vigneault told The (Bergen) Record. "We've had a fair amount of success by being consistent [with the line combinations]. With [Kreider] coming in [for Game 4], we basically mixed two lines; [Kreider] went in on one and we took Marty off that line. So we did make some changes [Wednesday] and those didn't work out to our advantage. So we've got the whole night to think about it and try and come up with a plan."

The status for St. Louis for Game 5 is unknown; his mother France died unexpectedly Thursday.


LET'S GO PENS!!!

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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby dodint on Fri May 09, 2014 4:58 pm

Drop the puck, right noooooooow. DO IT.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby Cedar Penn on Fri May 09, 2014 5:32 pm

Dispose of the Rangers tonight!
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby pens_srq on Fri May 09, 2014 5:40 pm

Any word on if St Louis is playing? http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blueshirts-thin-ice-entering-game-5-article-1.1785426
If he does I would expect a better game from him tonight.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby PaLionking on Fri May 09, 2014 5:42 pm

pens_srq wrote:Any word on if St Louis is playing? http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blueshirts-thin-ice-entering-game-5-article-1.1785426
If he does I would expect a better game from him tonight.

According to NHL network he's supposed to be in the lineup tonite.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby Kaizer on Fri May 09, 2014 5:46 pm

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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby FreeCandy44 on Fri May 09, 2014 5:52 pm

Get dat dub!

See yinz in the middle of the 3rd.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby Tico Rick on Fri May 09, 2014 5:57 pm

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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby PensFanInDC on Fri May 09, 2014 5:59 pm

Tico Rick wrote:Image


Uhhhhhh
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby sniper on Fri May 09, 2014 5:59 pm

Let's grid these b****** down!!!

Let's see how much life is left in this Rangers team. Score early and they might just roll over and die.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby PensFanInDC on Fri May 09, 2014 6:00 pm

So I'm watching caillou instead. Oh joy.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby columbia on Fri May 09, 2014 6:02 pm

Tico Rick wrote:Image



Baptizing a new Pens fan?
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby slappybrown on Fri May 09, 2014 6:03 pm

Ya cuz get da dub
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby Crankshaft on Fri May 09, 2014 6:05 pm

slappybrown wrote:Ya cuz get da dub


gun get dat dub, cuz
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby Hugo Stiglitz on Fri May 09, 2014 6:06 pm

Love the Glengary Glen Ross gif
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby Tico Rick on Fri May 09, 2014 6:07 pm

Crank it up, Crankshaft!
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby GDR on Fri May 09, 2014 6:10 pm

Not to trivialize or make light of the situation but I expect the Rangers to come with a big push with the St. Louis situation. Hopefully the Pens get up and put them away.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby Kaizer on Fri May 09, 2014 6:10 pm

Gun dup dat dum dur dat gut duz
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby mac5155 on Fri May 09, 2014 6:11 pm

Leggopens
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby Lt. Dish on Fri May 09, 2014 6:12 pm

I'm extremely sympathetic to MSL's sad circumstances and extend my sincere condolences.

That said, I recognize that the NYR could use Mrs. St. Louis' passing as a rallying point; it would be understandable. I would like the Pens to respectfully but convincingly avoid any extension of this series.

You have a huge opportunity here, Pens. Please don't screw this up. Close out this series tonight.

BTW, I expect the Rangers' emotions to lead to shenanigans and goonery. I hope the Pens keep on keepin' on, stick to business, and don't fall for it.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby dodint on Fri May 09, 2014 6:23 pm

Like I mentioned in the thread, I feel like the MSL situation will have more impact on the tone of the game rather than the actual outcome.

LGP
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby Geezer on Fri May 09, 2014 6:23 pm

Come on Borts
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby Crankshaft on Fri May 09, 2014 6:24 pm

Fleury is seeing everything right now.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby columbia on Fri May 09, 2014 6:25 pm

The Pens look un-sharp.
Thankfully, the Rangers are not very good.
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Re: Official GDT: Penguins vs Rangers – GAME 5 - 5/9/14

Postby pressure=9Pa on Fri May 09, 2014 6:25 pm

Ouch. Really didn't want to give up a PP goal.
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