RECAP: Game 16. Pens lose 5-1 to Rangers

A couple things to think about.

1. Don’t overanalyze this shit. Every NHL team gets run out of the building like this every now and then. This is really the first time the Pens have been tea-bagged this season, so it’s the exception to the rule.

2. It’s a good thing. The Pens need to be tested in their division. The Rangers are most likely the team that can do it. They’ve needed a good handful of games to get used to Alain Vigneault and finally play some home games. They’ve now won 4 of their last 6.

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3. And speaking of Vigneault, if we were the Rangers GM and interviewing him for the job, one of our key questions for him would’ve been about how he plans to beat the Penguins. He’s been around the block, so we’re pretty sure he has a couple plans up his sleeve.

4. And how about this stat. The Rangers (91-0-6) have registered at least 1 point in the last 97 regular-season games in which they've had the lead going into the third period. Holy shit.

Pens are in St. Louis on Saturday.
Until then, RECAP:

 

FIRST PERIOD

We consider it an early-season blessing that we've avoided having to suffer through an Eddie Olczyk broadcasted game.

Really, though. Think long and hard about how bad of a coach this guy was and then realize he actually gets paid to question players and coaches in the NHL. It's brutal. Hell, the NHL on NBC crew in general is filled with a bunch of guys that are losers in every sense of the word. Hard to believe really.

Maybe all the new MSG renovations means fans aren’t allowed to make noise because it was dead in the early going.

Sutter drew a penalty on some guy named John Moore. Pens’ top unit looked amazing. They had at least three or four great chances…

 
But they couldn't beat King Henrik.

 
Penguins really carried the play for most of the period. 
 

Halfway through

-Shots were 7-2 Penguins. 
-Interesting tidbit from Pierre talking to Alain Vigneault: Vigneault said he wanted the Rangers to place the puck better and take away the Penguins' space. Remember that.
 

The Rangers finally woke up 

It took the Pens getting another glorious chance to wake the Rangers up. Crosby came flying up ice with a little over five minutes to play…


Look at his drive, going down to one knee to maintain body position. Get real.

He eventually got it to Niskanen, who almost squeaked one through the King after a nasty deflection from Dupuis.

 
 
After saving the goal, Callahan fed Kreider going the other way, and MAF made a big stop. And like that, the MSG crowd was alive.

More good action after that. Rangers had a chance after Letang was caught in the neutral zone. Glass and Adams rushed back the other way, and Adams hit the post after that rush broke down.

Turning Point

Pens played a great period and couldn't cash in.

In the span of 65 seconds, all that hard work was gone.
The Rangers got on the board with a Ryan McDonagh goal. 1-0.

They never looked back.
 
A minute later, after a Jeffrey turnover, Zuccarello laid a beautiful pass (just like Alain Vigneault said) to a streaking Stepan. Niskanen was a step slow. MAF gets toasted on the far post.
 
The guy in the sweater is the worst. Probably still watches SNL.
 
And these girls' first move is to tweet and/or take a selfie?
 
2-0.
 
The beginning of a really bad night for Dustin Jeffrey.
 
The Penguins are 5-0 when leading after one period this season.
This waas only the second time all season they have trailed after one.

SECOND PERIOD

Carl Hagelin was going off for hooking up Joe Vitale. Does Vitale at least lead the Penguins in drawn penalties? Good god. That PP didn’t look nearly as good as the first one. Killed.

Orpik went off for interference. Pens killed it and got back to work trying to get one past Lundqvist.
Pens were on another PP when Girardi jobbed Kunitz. Killed.

Dustin Jeffrey's miserable night got worse. One of his passes gets picked off, then he doesn't pick up Boyle, and Boyle scored. Yikes. 3-0.

Pens were getting yet another power play later, and they finally got one past the King on some trash in front. 3-1.

Then Ryan Callahan canceled that out. 4-1.

Hagelin jobbed Crosby in front, which started a big mess at the end of the third. Kreider was getting a lot of attention from the Pens, and it all eventually led to Kunitz attacking Zuccarello.

THIRD PERIOD

It was all over but the cryin'.

Rangers added another one. 5-1.

GAME.

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