The Pittsburgh Penguins have been flying high on Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang factoring into the majority of goals scored lately, and tonight was a harsh reminder of what happens when they don't come through. That being not so good tonight.
The Rangers first power play expires but Kevin Hayes scores in transition on a nice play to give NYR a 1-0 lead in the first period.
Kevin Hayes goal pic.twitter.com/uOxvf9uNT3— Stephanie (@myregularface) February 11, 2016
No scoring until the third period, when Brian Dumoulin pinches but can't get the puck, the Rangers go 2-on-1 the other way and Dominic Moore wires a shot over the blocker of Marc-Andre Fleury.
Moore goal pic.twitter.com/FdeJG41EtH— Stephanie (@myregularface) February 11, 2016
Jesper Fast scores an empty net goal to wrap it up. Yawn.
- Weird to see the first Pens/Rangers matchup of the season all the way on Feb 10th. Including tonight they'll see each other 4 times in 47 days, all of which will probably be crucial in the playoff race in the Metro Division and maybe wildcard.
- Shame to see Pittsburgh give up the first goal of the game, they had 5 of the first 7 shots of the game and generally controlled play before Kris Letang took an offensive zone high-sticking penalty while aggressively trying to create offense.
- Trevor Daley didn't return for the 2nd period after going into the Pens net pretty hard late in the 1st. 5 defensemen, flashbacks gaaaah.
- Beautiful play by Conor Sheary early in the 2nd period to skate right by Marc Staal, go back-hand but then hit the crossbar. Sheary does tend to flash in space occasionally in the offensive zone, just a shame and a little unlucky that his shot was just off.
- The Pens tried to get some offense going in the 3rd, double shifting Sidney Crosby with the Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin line but to no avail.
- Kessel had 6 shots on goal for the night, and a couple of good passes, but this was the type of game where Pittsburgh needed something from him...And didn't get it.
In the big picture, a loss stinks, but so it goes. The Pens played 40 minutes with 5 defensemen, carried play for most of the night and out-shot the Rangers but couldn't strike paydirt down Malkin and Bonino and Fehr. They still had chances and failed to produce and lose, which counts, it's a results oriented business. But all they can do is re-group and get their mind right for an away game Friday night in Carolina and a chance to get back into their winning ways.