Rangers vs. Penguins Game 2: Keys for Pittsburgh to Win

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Rangers vs. Penguins Game 2: Keys for Pittsburgh to Win
Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

It's not a series until a road team wins a game.

There's a lot of conventional wisdom swirling around the NHL at this time of year as the emotions of the postseason kick into high gear. Sometimes the knowledge that is dispensed is good and makes sense; sometimes that isn't the case. 

The idea that a series doesn't get real until a visiting team secures a win is accurate, and the Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves up against that fact after losing Game 1 in overtime to the New York Rangers. Now the boys from Steel City find themselves in a must-win contest early on in the series.

They have two options: win Game 2 and take a 1-1 tie to New York for Game 3, or stare down an 0-2 hole as the Rangers take the ice at home when the series shifts to the Big Apple. 

The latter is much less desirable than the former, and the Penguins have a few things to iron out if they hope to come away with a big win in Game 2.

 

All statistics appear courtesy of NHL.com and are accurate through Game 1 of the series.

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