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BEST OF BASH

Dominic Moore

Penguins close out Rangers 5 games with 6-3 rout

The end of two springs' worth of playoff angst for the Pittsburgh Penguins came suddenly, crammed into 14 minutes of pure exhilaration, one highlight-reel sequence piled atop another.

And perhaps it's fitting that Pittsburgh's relentless five-game demolition of the New York Rangers — completed during a raucous 6-3 on Saturday that ushered New York to an early offseason — wasn't sealed by the familiar faces atop the Penguins' star-laden roster but the pieces brought in to help return Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang to their spot among the league's elite.

Conor Sheary. Bryan Rust. Matt Murray. All in their early 20s. All now vital parts of a team...

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