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This is a tough first-round matchup for the Penguins. Every hockey fan has heard it countless times, but a hot goalie equalizes every playing field. If Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist hits his stride, watch out. The perennial Vezina Trophy candidate is lights-out when he’s on top of his game.
Couple that with the Blueshirts’ dogged determination to block almost every enemy shot, and New York can be very difficult opponent to score on.
New York might not have the firepower that Pittsburgh boasts, but between Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash, the Rangers have some dangerous weapons of their own. I’m not sure that their game plan will be to get into a shooting match with the Penguins, but if the Rangers can slow down Pittsburgh’s attack, they have the horses to sneak a decisive goal home.