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Rangers rookie Kevin Hayes tries to take playoffs in stride

Kevin Hayes #13 of the New York Rangers

Kevin Hayes #13 of the New York Rangers celebrates after assisting on a first-period goal against the Anaheim Ducks scored by teammate Carl Hagelin #62 (not pictured) at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, March 22, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Rangers rookie center Kevin Hayes is staying even-keeled about his first NHL playoff series.

"It's obviously going to be a lot more exciting [than the season]," said Hayes, who scored 17 goals and 45 points in his first season out of Boston College. "But it's just a hockey game, you've got to believe you belong out there, make plays that you've made all season. I'm not going to change too many things . . . I'm looking to get a little more chemistry with Marty [St. Louis]."

Hayes has played with Carl Hagelin far more than St. Louis, who joined that duo when he returned from a sprained knee April 2. That line likely will match up with the Penguins' third trio of center Brandon Sutter with Beau Bennett and Steve Downie.

"He wants to be a very good player and when he has the puck, it's hard to get it away from him," coach Alain Vigneault said of Hayes. "These playoffs are going to be a great experience for him, he's going to have a lot of support as far as dealing with the scrutiny, but he's been through it at the college level and handled it very well."

Looking for power

The power play was 4-for-26 in the last six games, a 15.3-percent conversion rate that was lower than the 16.8 percent for the season. At practice, the power-play units were: Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh and Keith Yandle, and Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, St. Louis, Dan Boyle, and Dan Girardi.

Blue notes

James Sheppard and Chris Summers are expected to be healthy scratches . . . Pittsburgh defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (concussion) has been cleared for contact.

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