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Get to know the history of the playoff rivalry


In two different eras, the Rangers versus the Penguins felt like an almost annual playoff game.

Six years after their last meeting, they will do so again from Tuesday at the Garden. And while there are some remnants (hello, Sidney Crosby) of Pittsburgh’s 4-1 first-round victory in 2016, most of the faces involved are new to Rangers-Penguins playoff lore.

There is a rich history with which they must familiarize themselves. The Post breaks down the seven playoff series between the two teams.

2016: Penguins beat Rangers, 4-1

Despite a face-saving victory for Rangers in Game 2, this series has been a bit breathless. The Penguins have won each of their four games by two or more goals, including a 5-0 win at the Garden in Game 4. Rangers backup goaltender Antti Raanta was forced into action three times in the series .

2015: Rangers beat Penguins, 4-1

This series, also in the first round, was more contested, with each game being decided by a goal. A pair of overtime winners, from Kevin Hayes in Game 4 and Carl Hagelin in Game 5, won the series for Rangers.

Ryan McDonagh takes on Sidney Crosby in the 2016 playoffs.
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2014: Rangers beat Penguins, 4-3

Perhaps the most memorable streak between the two was that second-round match. The Rangers trailed 3-1 for Game 5 in Pittsburgh, and they looked finished when Martin St. Louis learned that his mother, France, had died of a heart attack at age 63.

St. Louis left the team to be with his family, returning to play Game 5, in which the Rangers dominated for a 5-1 win. In Game 6, on Mother’s Day at MSG, St. Louis scored the opening goal in a 3-1 win, and in Game 7, they landed the first assist on the eventual game winner. by Brad Richards. The Rangers reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 20 years, despite losing to the Kings.

2008: Penguins beat Rangers, 4-1

Although Rangers hung on in most games, the Penguins had their number in this series en route to the first of two consecutive Cup finals. Rangers had no answer for Evgeni Malkin or Marian Hossa, who scored four times apiece in five games, with Hossa securing the decisive second-round series win in Game 5 in extra time.

1996: Penguins beat Rangers, 4-1

Just two years into their Cup run, Rangers were easily knocked out by Pittsburgh in the second round. Mario Lemieux scored eight goals in the series and Jaromir Jagr had a hat trick in the deciding Game 5 — a 7-3 victory for the Penguins at home.

1992: Penguins beat Rangers, 4-2

After the Rangers won the Presidents’ Trophy in the regular season, the Penguins upset in the Patrick Division Finals en route to a second straight Stanley Cup in a series that has sparked controversy and more than a moment. memorable.

Adam Graves broke Lemieux’s left wrist with a slash in Game 2, which Rangers won with three third-period goals. The NHL refused to suspend Graves for Game 3, but banned him for Game 4, when the Penguins turned the series in their favor. With Rangers leading 3-1 late in the second period, Ron Francis scored at 19:54 on a shot from the neutral zone that went through Mike Richter, setting the stage for a comeback that Francis capped at 2: 47 overtime. .

Pittsburgh never looked back, winning the next two games of the series to finish off the Rangers and extend the “1940” chants for another year.

1989: Penguins beat Rangers, 4-0

Deciding Game 4 was the only game of the Divisional Semi-Final Series decided by a goal as Rangers couldn’t solve goaltender Tom Barrasso, who had a .930 save percentage in the series, or Paul Coffey, who led the Penguins with nine points.

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