-A lot has been made over the past two days about the Penguins crashing in on Henrik Lundqvist. Ultimately, this is just gamesmanship. The Rangers are trying to buy an extra call or two for Game 2 while the Penguins are trying to rattle Lundqvist a bit.
-During the team's media availability yesterday, Mike Johnston explained that NHL officials they would focus on watching contact in the crease:
"We meet with the series supervisor before the series starts and [he] just talks about the standards and keeping the standards very similar to the way it was during the season obviously making sure that all goaltenders are protected through the playoffs because of the critical nature of your starting goaltender. But that was made clear for sure."
-There was quite a bit of focus via social media on Sidney Crosby's action for one play during Game 1. In the second period, he went offside by a good distance on a rush up ice by Rob Scuderi:
-The body language doesn't look good on that at all so there was a lot of speculation that Crosby went offside on purpose. After today's morning skate, Crosby was asked directly what happened on the play:
-Crosby explained,"Yeah, I thought he was going to dump it [into the offensive zone]."
-Patric Hornqvist had a pretty interesting thought on the Penguins' forecheck:
“We have to get our forecheck going. [Game 1] was not good enough. We were too spread out and that's why we didn't create a lot of scoring chances. We have to get that better.”
-Looking back, it's hard to pinpoint any time when any Rangers' defensemen were in danger behind their goal line while recovering a puck. With Dan Girardi dealing with the effects of a sore jaw, getting some pressure on him in particular couldn't be the worst thing.
-We went through some old game sheets and came across an interesting statistic. Here are the Rangers' all-time leading goal scorers in playoff games against the Penguins:
|Derick Brassard, C||5|
|Mark Messier, C||5|
|Brian Leetch, D||4|
|Tomas Sandstrom, RW||3|
|Niklas Sundstrom, RW||3|
|Jaromir Jagr, RW||3|
|Kris King, LW||3|
-Derick Brassard. Penguin killer.