The Rangers probably hate to see the Olympic break more than anyone right now. They rose up and beat the Penguins in a shootout in the last game before the Sochi break. Brad Richards with the game winner.
Overall, the Rangers appear to be a lot stronger than they were the last time these two teams squared off. They peppered Marc-Andre Fleury with 41 shots and matched up well against the Penguins' top two lines.
The Penguins fought back to tie the game late on a James Neal goal. Maatta and Malkin scored the Penguins' other two goals.
And now the Olympic break begins. Next time we will see the Penguins will be February 27.
3. Olli Maatta
Maatta scored the Pens' first goal and added a brilliant assist on the tying goal. Kind of interesting that Maatta would have such a strong game the same day as all of the Letang stuff.
2. Dan Girardi
Too good. 27 minutes of solid hockey. Goal and assist.
1. Benoit Pouliot
Players named Benoit kill the Penguins — known fact dating back to Benoit Hogue. Pouliot was an active screen in front of Fleury all night, and he chipped in two goals.