Pens-Rangers In-Game Blog
Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 6:30 PM ET / Features
By Michelle Crechiolo
PENS 2, RANGERS 0
0:00: That'll do it! Pens earn a 2-0 victory over the NY Rangers, the Eastern Conference's best team! Fleury earns his 22nd career shutout to tie Tom Barrasso's franchise record!!!
2:13: Pens controlling the play as the period winds down. The Rangers pull Lundqvist after getting a shot on Fleury that he has to cover.
5:56: Pens really turning it back up right now. They certainly want to avoid any letdowns late against a team like this.
9:49: Dupuis has been shooting the puck like nobody's business today. It's like a hot potato when it touches his stick. Which is great to see, as Dupuis actually has a really, really good shot.
13:03: Great shift for the Pens just now. They weren't hesitating to shoot the puck, and though Lundqvist saw most of them, he still had to come up with some big saves.
15:18: Pens successfully kill off the penalty kill that comes once Dubinsky is released.
17:32: We're going 4-on-4 for the next 41 seconds as Cooke is called for interference.
18:52: Dubinsky cuts across the crease and takes out Fleury on his way. He'll go to the box for his infraction. Pens to the PP!
20:00: Puck drops to start the third. Game on!
The Pens gained a crucial lead in that period thanks to a gorgeous goal from Evgeni Malkin and a power-play tally from Steve Sullivan (that Geno earned the primary assist on). But after controlling play for the majority of that period like they did in the first, the Pens experienced a bit of a dropoff as it wound down. The Rangers seem like they're starting to gain their footing and come at the Pens with energy. Luckily, Fleury was there to make all the big saves.
- Malkin's assist on Sully's goal was the 300th of his NHL career
- He now has points in 14 of his last 16 home games dating back to Dec. 13
- Malkin has 29 points (14G-15A) in those contests
0:00: The period ends with a beautiful sequence of saves by Fleury. First 40 minutes are in the books. Pens have a 2-0 lead and 20-18 edge in shots.
4:04: After a series of passes in the Pens' D zone, Stepan is able to fire a bullet that Fleury makes one of those gorgeous winding glove saves on.
7:24: Asham and Stu Bickel try to drop the gloves at center ice but the refs are having none of that, as they keep the pair separated while they try to get at each other.
8:46: Sullivan winds up and blasts one from the point that makes its way through traffic past Lundqvist! Malkin set up Sully with a pass for his 300th career assist. Geno was actually out on a double shift while Staal and Cooke came on in place of Neal and Kunitz. PENS 2, RANGERS 0
10:25: Kunitz keeps his feet moving as he drives to the net and he draws a penalty on Marc Staal, who goes off for tripping. Pens to the PP!
|"@PensInsideScoop fleury number one on webjems tomorrow on espn?"
14:23: Pens kill it off and go back to full strength. 10 seconds earlier, Fleury reached forward and made a sick glove save while sprawled as Anisimov broke through for an open shot.
16:23: Pens heading to their second PK of the night as Niskanen goes off for cross checking.
|Geno rocking the house! Can u say art Ross and hart?! #PensMobile #pens"
|"I think I have literally shook my head and said wow for at least half of Geno's goals this year. #Pens"
18:55: Letang springs Geno with a pass and sends him in alone on Lundqvist. Geno cuts across, waits for Lundqvist to bite and lifts a backhander over the sprawled goaltender. PENS 1, RANGERS 0
|"That was a great period of hockey. Let's keep it going in the 2nd boys. #LETSGOPENS #pens"
20:00: Puck drops to start the second. Game on!
The Penguins basically dominated that entire period. What stood out to me the most is how calm, cool and collected the Pens looked. They never once panicked or scrambled with the puck in either zone, and as a result the team is playing Pittsburgh Penguins hockey -- where they're totally tilting the ice in their favor. All five players are stepping up and doing what they need to do to keep the puck hemmed in the Rangers' end, with the defensemen are being utilized to the fullest advantage. Very impressive. Hopefully they keep this up.
- Paul Martin played 1:37 minutes on that penalty kill. He made a couple huge shorthanded clears and had a solid first period.
- Hits are even at 10 apiece.
- Rangers had an 11-9 edge in faceoffs.
0:00: That'll do it for the first. We're scoreless through 20 minutes and Pens have an 11-6 edge in shots.
1:31: Pens kill it off and go back to full strength. Great work by Martin on that PK with a couple of solid clears.
2:31: Cooke, Dupuis and Letang get a shorthanded 3-on-2 rush, but Lundqvist saves the shot Cooke tries to sneak past him short side.
3:50: Lovejoy's clearing attempt sails up and over the glass, meaning he's getting a delay of game penalty. Pens to the PK.
|"kris letang; SWAT team."
6:25: Funny little sequence just occurred. Brad Richards got some space for a shot that Fleury saved and batted away with his stick. Then Letang came in and swatted out the flying puck with his glove. Lots of hand-eye coordination going there.
7:25: Wow, Adams absolutely drills Anton Stralman in the corner of the Rangers D zone. The Pens are looking smooth and controlled to start this period - they're calm with the puck, not panicking whatsoever. Definitely looking very dominant.
|"Letang & Martin have looked impressive thus far. Great job by both during one of the shifts where the Rangers were pinned for a lengthy time"
10:38: Incredible tilting of the ice by the Pens for the past two and a half minutes or so. They did a fantastic job of utilizing the points to keep the puck hemmed in the Rangers zone and by doing so, earned a multitude of quality scoring chances. The Rangers then ice the puck and have to use their timeout to get a rest.
15:39: Big chance for the Pens' top line just now! Kunitz swung across to get a loose puck in the neutral zone and carry it up ice with speed. Lundqvist allowed a long rebound on his shot, which a crashing James Neal couldn't bury...and Malkin doesn't have any better luck with that rebound, knocking the cage off its moorings.
17:21: Mike Rupp fires a shot that Fleury gloves for the whistle. The Rangers have three pucks to the net while the Pens have yet to register one.
20:00: It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh! Puck drops to start the first. Game on!
Eric Tangradi, who was recalled from WBS on Monday, is in the lineup tonight. Pens scratch Orpik, Jeffrey, O'Reilly and Johnson. Here are the official line combos...
Fleury between the pipes.
Good evening everyone! It's good to be back after Sam and I switched roles this past weekend. Since I got to go on the trip to Philly and Buffalo, I took care of tweeting while Sam did a fantastic job of writing in-game blogs. But even though going on the road is a blast, I missed bringing you guys all of the action.
The Pens are looking to rebound from a lackluster showing in Buffalo on Sunday against the top team in the Eastern Conference. And they'll have to handle these dangerous, aggressive Rangers without imposing defenseman Brooks Orpik, who will be out for tonight's game with an upper-body injury. Head coach Dan Bylsma said following the morning skate that "at this time we think it's a short term (injury). It doesn't seem to be a huge problem."
In addition, Brad Thiessen, who was called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this morning, will back up Marc-Andre Fleury as Brent Johnson is ill. The rest of the Pens' lineup will be game time. For the rest of the game day coverage, make sure to check out today's edition of the Pens Report.
I was on the trip the last time the Pens and the Rangers faced off, which was actually my first venture to New York City. I thoroughly enjoyed my first time experiencing a game at the Garden, and I thought one of the best parts was actually the music. The Rangers have a DJ come in and play the songs, and she spun an eclectic and totally awesome mix (you can see the 'Sounds of the Game' here).
So to start off, I'm going to play one of the songs I heard from that game. Enjoy.