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!