NEW YORK NY - NOVEMBER 29: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and team mates congratulate Kris Letang #58 after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during their game on November 29 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 of 27 shots, Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to 13 games and Chris Conner tagged his second goal of the year to lead the Pens to a 3-1 win over the Rangers. Pittsburgh is now 9-0-1 over their last 10 games and tied with Philly for second place in the East.
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Hard to say who the Pens' best player was out there tonight, but I'm content with putting my money on Fleury. The Rangers had a lot of chances tonight and managed to get in too close for comfort on most of them, but Fleury stood tall and made the big saves. For what it's worth, Pascal Dupuis was voted first star for his two assists, Fleury second and Sid third.
I'm not even going to touch the alleged slew-foot subject in this recap because we all know there is two sides to it, both of which were discussed in full during the game thread (but will likely carry over to this one - le sigh). Doesn't help that the Rangers announcers reacted as if Sid shivved Ryan Callahan and FSN-Pittsburgh barely showed a replay of it. Either way, the refs balanced it out later with the Avery/Crosby tangle that sent Sid to the box for elbowing. Too bad for the Rangers that Brandon Prust decided to go to the box for two also...
The power play was given only one opportunity tonight but failed to convert on that chance in the first period. Yes, only one power-play chance against the Rangers. Just throwing that out there.
The Pens now have a few days off before they host the Thrashers on Thursday at 7 ET.