- PPG - Chris Kreider (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan McDonagh (2), Brad Richards (5)
- Derick Brassard (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Mats Zuccarello (3), Benoit Pouliot (4)
- Evgeni Malkin (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Kris Letang (4)
- Derick Brassard (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Anton Stralman (4), Mats Zuccarello (4)
- PPG - Ryan McDonagh (1) Slapshot - ASST: Mats Zuccarello (5), Derick Brassard (3)
- EN - Kevin Klein (1) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Kreider (1), Rick Nash (5)
- The two teams just switched roles from game four to game five. Nearly everything wrong with the Rangers in game four was wrong with the Penguins in game five and the Rangers took advantage of it. They were sharper, managed the puck well and pressed the Penguins who were sloppy and looked like a team, besides a few Evgeni Malkin led surges, that knew they had 3 chances to close out the Rangers.
- The Rangers played with desperation and as a loose group that knew that if they were going to go down they were going to go down with a strong effort. They were aggressive and put the Penguins on their heels right away. It's the best the Rangers have looked since the first two periods of game seven against the Flyers. Will it continue....we will see.
- I thought one of two things would happen tonight: Rick Nash would score or the PP would score. It was the PP that came alive for the first time in forever and that had to help their confidence early on.
- Chris Kreider made an unreal dive to push the puck to Ryan McDonagh who took a shot that Kreider knocked in.
- Henrik Lundqvist was excellent in making big stops when the score was 2-0 and then 2-1. He will have to be near perfect for the Rangers to make a run at winning this series.
- Ryan McDonagh, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello all stepped up in a big way tonight. The Rangers will need them and others to do the same in game six on Sunday.
Game notes via the Rangers:
- The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-1, tonight in Game 5 of the Metropolitan Division Finals at CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers now trail the best-of-seven series, three games to two.
- The Blueshirts have a 6-6 record in the playoffs, including a 3-3 record on the road. The Blueshirts have won two road games against the Penguins in one playoff series for the first time in five all-time playoff series between the two teams.
- The Rangers have posted an 8-2 record in their last 10 games when facing elimination, dating back to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 23, 2012 at Ottawa. New York has also won a game when facing elimination in six of its last seven playoff series. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers are the third team in NHL history to win an elimination game in at least six series of a seven-series span (Detroit – six of seven series from 1937-1941; Toronto – six of seven series from 2002-2013).
- New York was 2-for-2 (1:34) on the power play in the contest, as Chris Kreider and Ryan McDonagh each tallied a power play goal. The Blueshirts have tallied two power play goals in a game twice in this year’s playoffs (Game 1 vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 17).
- Two Rangers – Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello – tallied three points in the contest. The last time two Blueshirts recorded at least three points in a playoff game was Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 17, 2007 vs. Atlanta, when Michael Nylander (three goals, one assist) and Jaromir Jagr (four assists), each tallied four points in a 7-0 victory over the Thrashers. The last time two Rangers recorded at least three points in a playoff game on the road was Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 18, 1997 at Philadelphia, when Wayne Gretzky (three goals) and Mark Messier (one goal, two assists) each tallied three points in a 5-4 victory over the Flyers.
- Four different Rangers tallied a goal, and nine different Blueshirts recorded a point in the contest. Fifteen different Rangers have registered a goal in the playoffs. The last time at least 15 different Blueshirts recorded a goal in one playoff year was 1994 (16 Rangers tallied a goal in the 1994 playoffs).
- The Blueshirts recorded 35 shots on goal in the contest, as 16 of 18 skaters registered at least one shot on goal, and 11 different skaters recorded at least two shots on goal. New York has registered at least 35 shots on goal in four of 12 playoff contests during the playoffs, and at least 30 shots on goal in seven contests.
- The Rangers were credited with 28 hits in the contest, as 12 different skaters recorded at least one hit. At the conclusion on the contest, the Blueshirts rank second in the NHL in hits (367) in the playoffs (30.59 hits per game).
- Derick Brassard recorded two goals, including the game-winning goal, added a power play assist posted a plus-two rating, registered a team-high, five shots on goal, and tied for the game-high with six hits in 13:47 of ice time. Brassard posted his first career multi-goal game in the playoffs, and his three points tied a single-game playoff career-high, which he established in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 6, 2013 vs. Washington (one goal, two assists). Brassard’s two goals are also the most a Ranger has had in one playoff game this year. The Rangers forward leads the team in goals (three) in the series, and is tied for the team lead in goals (three) in the playoffs. Brassard also leads the team in game-winning goals (two), is tied for fourth in points (six), and is tied for fifth on the team in shots on goal (24) in the playoffs. Brassard is the first Ranger to record two game-winning goals on the road in one playoff series since Adam Graves registered the game-winning goal in Game 3 and Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1996 against Montreal. Brassard has tallied a point in six of nine regular season and playoff games against the Penguins this season, recording eight points (five goals, three assists) during the span.
- Mats Zuccarello tallied three assists and posted a plus-two rating in 15:14 of ice time. The Rangers forward established a single-game career-high for assists and points in one playoff game, and a Rangers’ playoff-high for most assists in one game this year. Zuccarello ranks is tied for the team lead in goals (three), assists (five), and points (eight), and is tied for fourth in plus/minus rating (plus-four) in the playoffs. Zuccarello has registered a point in six of nine regular season and playoff games against the Penguins this season, tallying 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the nine contests.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves to record his sixth win of the playoffs. The Rangers goaltender has posted an 8-2 record, along with a 1.38 GAA, a .953 SV%, and two shutouts in his last 10 games when facing elimination. Lundqvist has also posted a 3-2 record, with a 1.60 GAA, a .948 SV%, and one shutout in his last five games when facing elimination on the road. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Lundqvist is tied for second in the NHL in wins (six), ranks fourth in GAA (2.16), and third in SV% (.921) in the playoffs.
- Ryan McDonagh registered a power play goal, added a power play assist, recorded four shots on goal, was credited with three hits, and blocked two shots in a game-high, 26:53 of ice time. McDonagh’s goal and assist were the first power play points of NHL career in postseason play. The Rangers defenseman has recorded an assist in consecutive games for the third time in his career during the playoffs, and has tallied three points (one goal, two assists), in the last two contests. McDonagh leads the team in average ice time (25:03) and ranks second on the team in blocked shots (28) in the playoffs. At the conclusion of tonight’s game, McDonagh ranks sixth in the NHL in blocked shots in the playoffs.
- Chris Kreider tallied a power play goal, added an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and tied for the game-high with six hits in 11:55 of ice time. Three of Kreider’s seven career playoff goals have been power play tallies. Kreider’s two-point game was the third multi-point game of his career in the playoffs, and his first on the road.
- Brad Richards recorded a power play assist, and registered three shots on goal in 14:58 of ice time. The Rangers forward is tied for the team lead in goals (three), assists (five) and points (eight), and ranks second on the team in shots on goal (42) in the playoffs. Following tonight’s game, Richards also ranks second in the NHL in shots on goal in the playoffs.
- Benoit Pouliot registered an assist, posted a plus-two rating, and was credited with two hits in 12:59 of ice time. Pouliot has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in his last four playoff road games, and five points (two goals, three assists) in his last seven playoff games. The Rangers forward is tied for the team lead in goals (three), is tied for fourth on the team in assists (four), ranks third on the team in points (seven), is tied for second in plus/minus rating (plus-four), and ranks fourth on the team in hits (28) in the playoffs. Pouliot has recorded a point in five of nine regular season and playoff meetings against the Penguins this season, and has registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in the nine contests.
- Anton Stralman recorded an assist and posted a plus-two rating in 20:00 of ice time. The Rangers defenseman has registered an assist in consecutive games for the second time in the playoffs (Game 6 at Philadelphia on Apr. 29 and Game 7 vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 30). Stralman is tied for second on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-five), and is tied for fourth on the team – and tied for first among defensemen – in assists (four) in the playoffs.
- Kevin Klein tallied an empty-net goal and posted a plus-one rating in 13:02 of ice time. Klein’s goal was his first playoff tally as a Ranger. The Rangers defenseman leads the team in plus/minus rating (plus-six), ranks fourth on the team in blocked shots (17), and sixth in hits (23) in the playoffs.
- Rick Nash recorded an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and registered four shots on goal in 13:46 of ice time. The Rangers forward is tied for the team lead in assists (five), and leads the team in shots on goal (49) in the playoffs. At the conclusion of tonight’s game, Nash leads the NHL in shots on goal (49) in the playoffs.