The Most Impressive New York Rangers in Series vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
They've done it through grit, perseverance, timely scoring and great goaltending.
While every player has done their part to turn this around, there are a few players whose contributions have been absolutely essential.
Which players have been the most impressive in the series versus the Pittsburgh Penguins?
Read on to find out.
Derick Brassard has four goals and three assists in these playoffs. All four of those goals have come against the Penguins. He scored the overtime-winner in Game 1 and the game-winners in Game 5 and Game 6.
His line, where he centers Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello, has been the best for the Rangers.
Brassard has proven that he's a prime-time playoff performer. Last season, he had 12 points in 12 games. This year, he has three game-winners, while creating constant chances for himself and his teammates. The Rangers have found themselves a big-time player for years to come.
The Pittsburgh Penguins power play, which was the best in the NHL during the regular season, has scored just once in 19 chances against the Rangers.
The biggest reason for that, besides Henrik Lundqvist, has been Brian Boyle.
Boyle averages over two minutes of short-handed time per game, the most for a Rangers forward. He blocks shots, he gets in lanes, he flusters opponents.
Between him and his penalty-killing partner, Carl Hagelin, the Rangers have shut down the most potent part of the Penguins offense. It is a big reason the Rangers have forced a Game 7.
Henrik Lundqvist has a 2.07 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.
He has made incredible saves throughout the postseason, and most of the goals that he has given up against the Penguins have not been his fault.
Quite simply, without Lundqvist, the Rangers would not be in the position they are in.
Other than perhaps Tuukka Rask, Lundqvist has been the best and most consistent goaltender in the playoffs. He gives the Rangers a chance to win in every game.
In order to win in Game 7, Lundqvist will need to be at his best. Based on how he's played thus far, that's exactly what Rangers fans can count on.