Aftermath: Rangers 5, Penguins 2
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The Penguins put together one of their best efforts of the season against New York, but it only took a few minutes in the third period for the Rangers to capitalize to net a 5-2 win.
Pittsburgh had completely dominated the bulk of the play throughout the 60 minutes, outshooting New York by a 40-27 margin. The Penguins spent the majority of the time in the offensive zone. Despite all their chances, Pittsburgh ran into a strong performance from Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
The tide of the game turned in the third period following penalty calls to Matt Cooke (five-minute major for elbowing) and Matt Niskanen (four-minute double minor for hi-sticking). A shorthanded goal from Chris Kunitz gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead, but the Rangers rebounded with two power-play goals to take a 3-2 advantage.
Pittsburgh played well enough to win, but it wasn’t enough in this contest. The Penguins will have to quickly put this game behind them as they’ll travel after the game to Detroit for a Monday night showdown with the Red Wings.
STAR OF THE GAME
Jordan Staal put forth another solid effort for the Penguins.
He scored the team’s first goal late in the third period on a breakaway. James Neal made a nice play to spring Staal in on goal all alone. He juked hard and lifted a shot past goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stick side.
Staal finished the game with a goal, a plus-1, a game-high six shots and 19:12 minutes of ice time.
The Penguins were outshooting and outchancing the Rangers in the third period, but the score remained tied at 1-1. Matt Cooke was given a five-minute major penalty for elbowing. On the subsequent PK, Chris Kunitz scored to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead.
But seconds later defenseman Matt Niskanen was whistled for hi-sticking and was given a four-minute double minor. The Penguins had 1:42 worth of a two-man advantage to kill.
The Rangers would score twice during that power play sequence to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead en route to the victory.
(AP) - Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan scored power play goals 11 seconds apart as part of a four-goal third period and the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
New York took advantage when Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke took a 5-minute elbowing penalty 4:36 into the third. After Chris Kunitz scored a shorthanded goal for Pittsburgh, Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen was given a high-sticking double-minor three minutes later.
- Despite the loss, since the 2006-07 season the Penguins are 18-8-8 against the Rangers. Pittsburgh is 11-3-3 against the Rangers in the past 16 home games.
- Ben Lovejoy recorded an assist to run his scoring streak to three games (1G-2A).
- Chris Kunitz scored a shorthanded goal in the game. He now has a three-game scoring streak for a total of six points (3G-3A). He also had four shots and three hits in the contest.
- The Penguins’ games against New York and Detroit is the squad’s 16th set of back-to-back games. Pittsburgh is 18-9-4 overall in back-to-back games with an 8-6-2 record in the first game and 10-3-2 mark in the second game.
3 STARS OF THE GAME
#1. Ryan Callahan
Forward - 24
1 goal, 2 assists
4 shots, 6 hits
#2. Henrik Lundqvist
Goaltender - 30
Stopped 38 of 40 shots
#3. Brandon Dubinsky
Forward - 17
1 goal, 2 assists
11 of 17 faceoffs (65%)
Author: Sam Kasan