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Game 2 Recap: Pens winnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 4-3 in Game 2 of the seven game series to tie it a 1-1.

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Improvise, adapt and overcome.

Usually the motto of the United States Marine Corps.

Tonight, a page that the Pittsburgh Penguins took out of that playbook.

The New York Rangers struck first this game when Derek Stepan took a great pass from J.T. Miller and blew a puck by Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Pens haven't had success against the Rangers while down a goal, but that would change tonight. Specifically with Brandon Sutter collecting a puck on the power play and slamming it by Henrik Lundqvist.

Next would come 2 Sidney Crosby goals before the end of the period. Both from going to the net. One on a backhand, the other on a tip in. Pittsburgh would take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.

Nothing comes easy though against the top team in the regular season. Derick Brassard scored on a power play 3 minutes into make it 3-2. Luckily 6 minutes later after Sutter drove to the net, Chris Kunitz picked up the change and drove it home to make it 4-2.

The Rangers would score with a couple seconds to go, but by then the Pens had overcome. Oorah!

A few more thoughts on the game:

  • Pens took 6 out of the first 7 penalties. Nice try, refs.
  • Pens PP was 2/4 -- with 0 goals by the top unit.
  • Rangers PP 1/7. Womp womp
  • Rob Scuderi , Ben Lovejoy , Daniel Winnik and Maxim Lapierre all played 8+ SH minutes. Pens are leaning on their top PK guys and so far so good.
  • Crosby scoring 2 on Lundqvist was like Rocky Balboa making Ivan Drago bleed. HE'S HUMAN, ROCK!
  • Keep on keepin' on. Lundqvist is good but he's not unbeatable.
  • Christian Ehrhoff and Derrick Pouliot were scratches again. Hopefully they will be back soon. Taylor Choney and Brian Dumoulin weren't bad. But better players would be better.
  • Fleury held the fort. As he's going to have to. It wasn't easy, it wasn't simple but it was a win.

If you're an underdog, you gotta win 1 of the first 2 games to make it a long series. The Pens did that. There's some life. And hope.

Hope is a good thing. Oorah!

Go Pens.