Three periods wasn't enough to contain the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the second round. It required overtime to settle this one, and Benoit Pouliot is your hero for the night.
The contest started off well enough for the Blueshirts. They secured a 2-0 lead in the first period and really took the game to Pittsburgh. They established a tenacious forecheck and locked down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin with aplomb.
New York took its foot off the gas, though, and the Penguins found a way to score two goals in the second period to knot things up. The squads sloshed through a third period that featured a few solid chances, but there was nothing breathtaking.
The pace of the contest felt slow and choppy, but the series won't stay that way moving forward. There's just too much talent on both sides for Game 2 to feature similarly disorganized play.