Dan Girardi gave Sid a shove after the play and went to the box. Pens had a 4-on-3 PP then a 5-on-4. No dice. Then the Rangers started making some noise.
Matt Cooke was offside 20 times then took a penalty. Tough season for Matt Cooke right now. Looks like he has lost his purpose.
Del Zotto took a penalty to end that PP. Pens' eventual PP was mud. Rangers got a big-time shorthanded chance, but Rick Nash sucks.
Sid and Koon had a 2-on-1, and Koon got horse-collared, so the Pens got a PP. Nothing on that, either. Crosby was getting in Lundqvist's kitchen. At least the powerplay was generating chances at that point.
Pens were going to the box right after that. Game just couldn't get into a good rhythm. Rangers had some good looks on that PP. Vokoun was making big saves.
Professional performance by Vokoun.
Crosby had a breakaway for like 4 minutes at the end of the period. He tried to pick the corner, but not in the King's house. You could tell Crosby was pissed.
Turning point of the game may have occured at the end of the period when the Rangers took a too-many-men penalty.
A fresh sheet of ice awaited the Pens' power play.
The third frame featured two of the biggest goals of the season thus far. The first was from James Neal. The Penguins wasted no time on the powerplay, with Malkin found Crosby at the point. Before the puck was even on his stick, Crosby knew where he was going. Scary that the little look he gave Kunitz made Girardi shit his pants. Instead, he shot it at Neal's stick. Neal's deflection was disgusting:
The game was far from over. But, God, what a much-needed goal.
The next goal was a lesson in having a young defenseman. Simon Despres was having a decent night, but then he had about 8 minutes of hell.
It started with a terrible turnover to Brian Boyle. Vokoun saved it. Then Despres took a penalty. At that point, the Rangers were a goal away from triggering a Chernobyl meltdown. It almost happened too, but the Rangers hit the post. The puck gets cleared, and Dupes chases it down with unrealistic speed. He flips it to the middle of the ice, where a Penguin is all alone.
All that can be seen is a "7," so it looks like Crosby. He goes backhand, and down goes the King.
What a goal by Cro…..waiiiit what?
That was Simon Despres.
Goal of the season thus far.
Turn out the lights.
Stunnnnned. Via Matty L.
– Basically if Crosby, Malkin, or Neal don't score in a game this season, the Pens may not win.
– Jeffrey > Tangradi
– Excited to see Boychuk. Hope he doesn't bump Jeffrey.
– Minus falling over the blue line once, Bortuzzo was fine. Didn't notice him, which is good.
– Paul Martin owns MSG. Needle doesn't move on the Confidence Index.
– If Ben Lovejoy sees the ice again this season, it'll be because somebody died.
– Pics from USA Today