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Penguins aiming for two in a row

First game of a rare playoff back-to-backer comes out one-sided for Pittsburgh

Updated: May 5, 2014, 12:28 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- Two teams, two cities, two games, a 24-hour battle for control of this Eastern Conference semifinal series.

As the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins scurried to gather their bags and skate-sharpening gear and sticks and rolls of tape and hustle to the airport and their waiting charter aircraft, it was the Penguins who had earned top grades in the first crucial part of this two-part test.

Turning in their best performance of the postseason, in fact perhaps ...

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