The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins will meet in the playoffs for the third straight season. The two teams met four times during the 2015-16 regular season and while Pittsburgh won the regular season series, the records reset when the series begins on Wednesday (7 PM, MSG).
Here’s a look back at how the regular season series unfolded.
2/10/16 – RANGERS 3, PENGUINS 0
Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 58th career regular season shutout and his fourth career shutout against the Penguins as the Rangers took the first meeting of the season. Kevin Hayes started the scoring with a first-period goal, then Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast added insurance goals in the third to seal the victory.
3/3/16- PENGUINS 4, RANGERS 1
Heading into this game, New York was 11-1-1 against Pittsburgh dating back to Game 5 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Chris Kreider scored the first goal of the game, but Pittsburgh would go on to score three goals in a 99-second span in the second period, chasing Henrik Lundqvist from net.
3/13/16- PENGUINS 5, RANGERS 3
Kreider potted a goal at the end of the first period, while Derick Brassard added a power play tally to tie the game at 2-2 in the middle of the second period. After falling behind again, Ryan McDonagh‘s third-period goal knotted the game at 3-3. However, an unlucky deflection off of Marc Staal‘s skate and an empty net goal gave Pittsburgh the win.
3/27/16 – PENGUINS 3, RANGERS 2 (OT)
An Easter Sunday matchup between the Rangers and Pens proved to be a nail-biter, as Pittsburgh squeaked out an overtime victory thanks to a Sidney Crosby goal with 30 seconds remaining. Eric Staal led the way for the Rangers with two goals, the first coming off a saucer pass from Kevin Hayes and the latter arriving from the stick of Jesper Fast.