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The Rangers are 8-2 in their last 10 games when facing elimination, dating to Game 6 of the first round in 2012 at Ottawa. Henrik Lundqvist has a 1.38 goals-against average, a .953 save percentage, and two shutouts in those games. He is also 6-0 with a 0.98 GAA, .965 save percentage and two shutouts in his last six home elimination games.

New York has won a game when facing elimination in six of its last seven series.

“When your season is on the line, it’s a given that you’re going to come in with every ounce that you have - mentally and physically - and put it all on the line,” forward Brad Richards said Saturday. “We did a good job of having everybody do that (Friday). That’s the biggest challenge, getting everybody to put forth that energy level.”

The Penguins will be looking to regain the momentum that made a loss in Pittsburgh on Friday appear unlikely. Even though they still have two chances to win one game and advance to the East finals for the second straight year and the fourth time in seven seasons, they certainly don’t want to face the pressure of a winner-take-all Game 7 - even on home ice.

“We weren’t at their level,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday. “They were more desperate, and came at us real hard and forced the issue on us.

“A lot of their opportunities were gift-wrapped by us.”