Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Again: Isles wound Pens, NYR need 5 points in 5 games 4 East
Back from The Peg and hey, the Pens are wounded.
Somehow this didn't fully post earlier.
Crosby gets puck in nose and Isles beat Pens 5-3, and consecutive times for the first time since 2007.
The most points Pens can collect is 110, with five games left. Rangers (105) need five points in five games to clinch the No. 1seed in the East. That's because they own the first tiebreaker, wins in regulation and OT, 45-38. Pens now have to worry about No.4 seed, because they play Philly twice.
Rangers play Montreal tomorrow at home, then Bruins Sunday. On the road, its Philly and Pitt, then Caps at home for the finale, which may not mean much for seeding.
I know John \Tortorella hates when I coach from afar, but I'd ride Lundqvist and my stars until it's nailed down or we go down. No question, no second-guessing.
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