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Appearances are deceiving in Game 1 of Rangers-Pens series

Updated: April 26, 2008, 12:31 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- When uberpest Sean Avery scored in the second period to give the New York Rangers a 3-0 lead in Friday's Game 1 versus the Pittsburgh Penguins, the die seemed to be cast.

Not enough Marc-Andre Fleury, too much Henrik Lundqvist and far too much savvy on the New York bench to let this one get out of hand. This was going to be an emphatic reminder that the Penguins' first-round sweep of Ottawa meant nothing and the patient Rangers were about to teach them what it meant ...

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