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.
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:
We consider it an early-season blessing that we've avoided having to suffer through an Eddie Olczyk broadcasted game.
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…
The Rangers finally woke up
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was all over but the cryin'.
Rangers added another one. 5-1.
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