We hate the old "we need to get off to a good start" line. Has any player or coach ever come out at playoff time and suggested, "We're going to lollygag around the first period in the hopes of falling behind a couple of goals before making a mad, desperate push to get back in the game in the third." Now, having said that, one might have mistaken the Penguins in the past two games for being that team that really believed taking the first period off was a valid strategy. In fact, in all three losses in this series, the Penguins have fallen behind 2-0 in the first period. Now, as in any yin and yang, credit goes to the Rangers, who have shaken off three pretty mediocre performances in this series to jump all over the Penguins in two straight elimination games. In a conversation with Derick Brassard before Game 6, he said it's simple: The pressure is on the Penguins, and the Rangers have nothing to lose. They've played like it the past two games. Now the question is whether the Penguins can find a way to come out of the gate in a way that neutralizes that or puts the Rangers on their heels, as was the case in the middle part of the series. "I think our starts haven't really allowed ourselves to really play the right way early on. You give a team life when you do that regardless of them rallying around certain things. We have to look at ourselves for that as well," Crosby said.