5 Ways for the Pittsburgh Penguins to Shock the New York Rangers

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Mar 19, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) takes the ice to face the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

5. Play Every Game Like It Is The Last

There is no question that the odds are currently stacked against the Penguins. They made it into the playoffs by the skin of their teeth and have not convinced many that they are poised for a deep or meaningful run.

Playing as underdogs for the first time in many years may help to motivate the Pens. If the team is able to have short memories regarding the woes of the past few weeks and instead focus on upsetting their heavily favored division rival, they could turn in a compelling performance.

The Penguins have the talent to make the series a real contest. The Rangers are a highly skilled opponent, but if Pittsburgh is able to negotiate the games with savvy and confidence, they could pull of an unexpected upset. It will merely be up to those in the black and gold to decide how much they want to leave on the ice.

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