The Pittsburgh Penguins out shot, out hit, and out played the Rangers tonight. There are 2 things they did not do though, score enough goals and limit stupid mistakes. The Pens scored first, but that was it in a 3-1 Rangers victory.
That is ultimately frustrating to know that you have done everything you can do, but a couple mistakes including a really bad whiff by Fleury resulted in a goal, and some untimely giveaways and lapses accounted for the other 2 goals they gave up. But make no mistake about this, Lundqvist was the real super star stopping 37 or 38 shots, and making many look easy with a crazy quick glove hand tonight. Henrik has that ability, but between him and the rest of this team, they are currently red hot and almost unstoppable.
Brad Richards scored late in the first period to tie things up against the Pens. That was followed by an early goal in both the second and 3rd periods by Dubinsky and Stepan respectively. The Penguins lone goal came from unlikely source, Ben Lovejoy on a 3-3 rush where he found himself wide open coming across the blue line down the center of the ice. He was able to push it through the legs of Lundqvist for the games first goal.
There has been some rumors swirling all over the internet that Sid is going to have to end his season early coming from ESPN and other credible sources. I will say that both Sid’s agent has spoken on this and so has Pens GM Ray Shero. Both have reiterated that no decisions have been made and that Sidney is progressing. I must say though, neither came out and denied it flat out. No one came out and said, this is not true, he plans to come back. And the fact that not only has the website changed his injury to undisclosed but the local radio stations are no longer calling his injury a concussion like symptoms or a concussion. They are currently not sure what to call it.
Couple that with the fact that Jordan Staal left the game tonight in the 3rd period with an apparent severe knee injury after his knee collided with Mike Rupps knee during the game. Rupp was given a 2 minute minor, but after looking at it several times, it did not look like a leg sweep or anything intentional. Rupp tweeted after the game and thanked the fans for the signs and the cheers, and he hoped that number 11 is ok.
More bad timing as the penguins have another home game Saturday Night against New Jersey whom they are tied with for 6th in the Eastern Conference Playoff race, and a full 10 points behind the Rangers.