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On this date in Penguins history: An outburst of goals sent the Rangers home in five games

The Penguins sent the Rangers home in style in their first round series in 2016.

New York Rangers v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Five Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

2016 feels like a lifetime ago. Four years ago today, the Penguins offense exploded for six goals in Game 5 of the first round playoff series against the Rangers to send them home for the season.

After a Game 1 that featured Jeff Zatkoff coming in for a spot start and a Game 2 in which the Penguins never seemed to get going, they went to New York and came home with both road wins.

Feeling confident after a 5-0 shutout at Madison Square Garden in Game 4, the Penguins had all the motivation to just finish the Rangers off and move onto the second round.

At first, it seemed like the Rangers weren’t ready to go away quietly, as Rick Nash opening the scoring just a minute into the game.

Carl Hagelin tied the game, but that didn’t last long before Dominic Moore put the Rangers back on top. A very short time later, Phil Kessel rose to the occasion, tying the game yet again at 2-2.

As the second period,started, this is where the fun would begin for the Penguins.

5 minutes in, it’s Bryan Rust. A few minutes later, an aggressive forecheck nets a goal for the Penguins from Matt Cullen. Conor Sheary picks a corner and it’s 5-2. Bryan Rust again makes it 6-2.

Henrik Lundqvist had no idea what to do with himself.

At this point, it was smooth sailing for the third period as the Rangers got a deflected shot from the point on the board, but by then, it was on to the handshake line.

The Penguins would move on where they would defeat the Capitals in the second round.