The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers both fought off considerable adversaries to make it to the second round, and the level of play is just going to get higher from here. A dream matchup from the standpoint of the NHL and its television deal with NBC, this semifinal features two of the largest and most passionate fan bases around.
If star power is your forte, there's plenty to go around here. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Kris Letang squaring off with Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis and Henrik Lundqvist. Some of the most talented individuals in the league are involved in this series between the Metropolitan Division's top two squads.
Game 1 will take place in Pittsburgh on May 2 at 7 p.m. ET, and there are a handful of things the Penguins need to do to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the series.
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