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Penguins Were Good for Most of Game 1 … What they Must Improve (+)

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Pittsburgh Penguins, Kasperi Kapanen

NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Penguins played well for most of the opener in their Round One playoff series against the New York Rangers.

Very well, actually.

Most importantly, well enough to rally from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the series when Evgeni Malkin deflected a John Marino shot past New York goalie Igor Shesterkin at 5:58 of the third overtime for a 4-3 victory.

They were, however, not perfect. (In fairness, what team ever is?)

That means there are issues to address before Game 2 Thursday night at 7 at Madison Square Garden.

“There’s still some stuff to clean up,” Marino said after an optional practice at the Garden Wednesday.

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