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• The Penguins averaged 40 shots a game in their opening-round sweep of the Ottawa Senators. They had 26 in Game 1 on Friday night.• Although much was made of the nine-day layoff the Penguins enjoyed (endured?), the Rangers had some rust, too, having eliminated the New Jersey Devils last Friday night. "I think when you get a break like that, to get out of the rhythm of playing, to get out of the responsibility of making decisions in game situations, having to maintain a level of intensity and passion and emotion to play, it's difficult to do it when you had time off," New York coach Tom Renney said. • There were whispers after the game that the NHL's ice guru, Dan Craig, was going to be called in to see whether he could help improve the quality of the ice at Mellon Arena, the league's oldest barn.
• Penguins fans were given white T-shirts and towels to wave, a la the old Winnipeg Jets. The "whiteout" was introduced at the urging of Sidney Crosby. -- Scott Burnside
|The Penguins scored four unanswered goals en route to a 5-4 comeback win over the Rangers in Game 1.|