The Pittsburgh Penguins went out and dominated the New York Rangers in Game 4. The Blueshirts flipped the script on the Penguins in Game 5, taking it to the home team right from the outset. New York had its forecheck going early, and defenders were jumping into the play at every opportunity.
The kitchen sink has been thrown, and this Eastern Conference semifinal series is now 3-2 in Pittsburgh's favor.
It was an inspired effort from a Rangers team that came into the contest fighting all sorts of demons. Ryan McDonagh hadn't been playing well. Rick Nash has been totally snake bitten. Martin St. Louis received terrible news yesterday when he found out that his mother had unexpectedly passed away at the age of 63.
Somehow the Blueshirts found a way to punch through, and this series is heading back to Madison Square Garden for what should be a rowdy and rambunctious Game 6.
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