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by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

Dustin Jeffrey is the first shooter to score! Marian Gaborik misses on his attempt, which means the Pens win by a score of 4-3!!! Fleury stoned all seven Rangers shooters in an outstanding performance, including Mats Zuccarello, who had been a perfect 4-for-4 entering tonight's game!


SHOOTOUT



0:00: We're going to a shootout! It'll be interesting to see who Bylsma chooses as his shooters, seeing as the Pens are missing Crosby, Malkin and Letestu...

1:00: One minute left, with the Rangers controlling the puck for most of this overtime period.

3:00: Fleury with a huge pad save on Stepan!

5:00: Bylsma starts with his two speedsters, Dupuis and Conner, up top. It's 4-on-4 during the extra period.

OVERTIME



0:00: And we're going to overtime as the two teams end regulation tied 3-3!

0:40: The Pens are whistled for icing as the seconds wind down. Bylsma has already used his timeout.

1:32: Although the Pens are playing hard, they're struggling to get shots off as they've recorded just one so far this period.

 

 

3:42: Conner just tumbled into the net. Not quite the kind of goal the Pens are looking for, haha.

5:06: Pens back to full strength. This game is insane!

5:56: Huge shot block by Talbot!!!

7:14: Letang (Cinco Ocho) is getting a pair for cross checking. Pens on the PK.

7:38: The Pens are whistled for icing after a scary shift where the Rangers had quite a few shots on goal. Bylsma is pulling his patented move and taking his timeout to give the guys some rest.

 

 

9:38: Avery's snapshot is a little too hot for Flower to handle, but the Pens goalie is able to recover and pounce on the puck for the faceoff.

11:12: Adams is currently centering Cooke and Kennedy with Staal out. The Pens are being forced to rotate three centers through four lines.

14:43: Kunitz's active stick deflects a Wolski blast up and out of play. Thankfully there's no delay of game call on this one.

16:26: Rangers are back to full strength. Conner is back on the ice for the Pens!!!

17:36: Michalek is out of the box. There's about 1:35 left on what is now a Pens' PP.

 

 

18:31: As Letang and Dubinsky battle in the corner, Dubinsky's stick catches Letang (Cinco Ocho) in the face. Dubinsky's going to the box and we're going to have 4-on-4 hockey for 49 seconds.

19:29: Godard, who was serving Staal's penalty, is now out of the box. The Pens are back to 5-on-4.

19:43: Is it just me, or do the Penguins seem to get whistled for delay of game an awful lot? Michalek is going off for two minutes as his clearing attempt sails over the boards. The Rangers have a 5-on-3 for 11 seconds.

20:00: They're off!

THIRD PERIOD



SECOND PERIOD NOTES
- Martin has played an impressive 16:44 minutes.
- Kunitz already has a goal, an assist and a plus-1 rating.
- Talbot has won five of seven faceoffs for a 71-percent success rate.

0:00: That'll do it for the second. What an eventful 40 minutes that was. The score is tied 3-3 and the Pens have 22 shots to the Rangers' 16.

0:12: Callahan re-directs a shot from the point past Fleury for the score. Tie game. Rangers 3, Penguins 3

1:09: Staal's match penalty means he is done for the remainder of the game. The NHL rulebook says "a match penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game and the offender shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately. A match penalty shall be imposed on any player who deliberately attempts to injure or who deliberately injures an opponent in any manner." The Pens' top-four centers are now out...

1:48: So far, so good...Fleury stones a Rangers shot and holds on for the faceoff.

4:33: Yikes, we've got a scrum erupting in front of the Rangers bench. Prust lays a huge hit on Kennedy, and Staal throws a punch at Prust in his road roommate's defense that catches him in the face. Staal's going to get a match penalty, which give the Rangers a five-minute power play. Huge test for the Pens' PK.             

5:48: Jeffrey wins the faceoff in the Rangers zone back to Orpik, who swiftly dishes to Michalek (Mustache Boy). Michalek rips a blast that gets deflected by the stick of Kunitz past Lundqvist! Penguins 3, Rangers 2

5:51: Conner just laid himself on the line to block a heavy Marc Staal shot. He's heading to the locker room, we'll keep you posted on his status.

 

 

6:49: The Rangers are back to full strength.

7:20: Pens are actually on the PP right now. Stepan got two for holding.

9:24: Rupp picks up a puck in the neutral zone and drops it to linemate Talbot, who carries down the left side and rips a shot on Lundqvist. A juicy rebound lands square on the stick of Rupp, who crashed straight to the net after making the pass. He stuffs it in the cage for the score! We've got ourselves a hockey game! Penguins 2, Rangers 2

10:10: Lundqvist's pads are sure getting a workout tonight, as one of them blocks an Engelland blast from the point.

10:36: Staal rips a shot that Lundqvist barely gets a pad on.

 

 

14:30: And just 10 seconds in, the Pens score!!! Dustin Jeffrey receives a bullet of a pass from Kunitz on the left point and skates in to the top of the circle. He unleashes a shot that deflects off Giradi and beats Lundqvist stick side. Rangers 2, Penguins 1

14:40: Pens on the PP as Kris Newbury is getting two for goaltender interference.

14:50: Just got word Arron Asham has an upper-body injury and will not return.

16:43: Prust finally gets his wish for a fight, with Engelland instead of Cooke. Prust gets Engelland's helmet off, but that's about all as the Pens D man controls the fight the entire time, pummelling him with a few well-placed roundhouse rights. Things are definitely starting to get chippy...

 

 

18:19: Apparently we're playing baseball instead of hockey. In a couple of impressive displays of hand-eye coordination, Dubinsky knocks a puck out of midair over to Artem Anisimov, who ALSO connects with the rubber midflight to put it past Fleury. Rangers 2, Penguins 0

19:10: Mats Zuccarello skates out from the corner and dishes a pass to Derek Stepan, who unleashes a bouncing knucklepuck at Fleury. But Flower's able to get a pad on it for the huge save!

19:51: Prust was trying to get Cooke to drop the gloves off the faceoff, but Cookie was having none of it.

20:00: The middle frame is off and running.

SECOND PERIOD



FIRST PERIOD NOTES
- Letang and Rupp are tied for the team lead with three hits each.
- Michalek paces the squad with 7:59 minutes played.
- Cooke leads Pens forwards with 6:49 minutes played.

0:00: That'll do it for the first. Although the Rangers are leading 1-0, the Pens have a 12-8 advantage in shots.

 

1:27: Pens back to full strength.

3:27: The Rangers were buzzing on that last shift and had Orpik and Letang locked in their own end for a never-ending shift. As Orpik tried to clear the puck out, it went up and over the boards and he's going to the box for delay of game. Pens on the PK.

4:47: Great defensive work by Orpik and Letang to break up an opportunity for Prust and Dubinsky.

 
Best picture ever on the left. I love Jay-Z. He is a genius.

5:52: It never ceases to amaze me how well those guys communicate with each other out on the ice. You can hear them clear as day through thousands of people.

7:45: Adams picks up a Letang rebound and wheels and deals behind the Rangers net through a crowd of Blueshirts. Some determined play by No. 27.

8:43: The Pens are having a lot of success on the breakout. Nice tape-to-tape passes that are getting the puck out of the zone.

 

 

11:57: Watching the replay, it's actually Callahan who robbed himself. He had a wide-open net but somehow just missed it. He did have Dupuis all over him though. Nice defensive play by No. 9.

12:04: Now it's Callahan who gets robbed down in the Pens zone, and just in the nick of time! Conner is out of the box, Pens are back to full strength.

 

 

14:04: Max Talbot just can't buy a goal as he's robbed by Lundqvist, who actually had no idea where the puck was! And now Conner's going to the box for tripping. Pens on the PK - luckily Pittsburgh has the NHL's best road penalty killing unit that's clicking at a 91 percent success rate.

14:39: In a flash of offensive mindedness, Engelland carries the puck down the ice and rips a shot at Lundqvist that goes wide.

16:08: And the Rangers have opened the scoring. Fleury saves Wojtek Wolski's quick shot from the slot, but a hovering Brandon Prust is there to gobble up the rebound and stuff it into the net. Rangers 1, Penguins 0

17:25: Nice feed from Conner to a crashing Rupp, but he couldn't get a handle on it.

19:04: Strong first shift from the Cooke-Staal-Kennedy line. They don't look like they're feeling any repercussions of a long break.

20:00: And they're off!

FIRST PERIOD





7:30 PM: Quick pregame stat: the Rangers are extremely dangerous when they get the lead. They've lost just twice in regulation (11-2-1) when they're ahead after the first 20 minutes, and they've been an unstoppable 19-0-0 when they hold the lead after the first two periods.

7:23 PM: Pens' official lines:

Kunitz-Jeffrey-Dupuis
Cooke-Staal-Kennedy
Rupp-Talbot-Conner
Asham-Adams-Godard

Orpik-Letang
Martin-Michalek
Goligoski-Engelland

Fleury in goal. Henrik Lundqvist is between the pipes for the Rangers.

7:20 PM: The Pens are looking to get their second win of the season at MSG. If they emerge victorious tonight, then both teams will have won twice in their opponent's arena, as the Rangers took a pair of games at CONSOL Energy Center on Nov. 15 and Dec. 15.

Tonight will definitely be an exciting game. The Rangers are one of the league's better teams this year and will only continue to improve as their 55869678 injured players return (okay, more like just five now with Dubinsky, Callahan and Girardi back). They're nipping at the Pens' heels in the Atlantic Division standings, trailing Pittsburgh by five points.

7:15 PM: While the New York Rangers are getting three key players back in leading scorer Brandon Dubinsky, heart and soul winger Ryan Callahan and gritty defenseman Dan Girardi, the Pens are now without Mark Letestu for tonight's 7:30 p.m. tilt at the historically awesome Madison Square Garden.

Letestu sustained a lower-body injury during this morning's skate and headed back to Pittsburgh for further evaluation. Eric Godard will play in his place while Dustin Jeffrey will take Letestu's spot between Kunitz and Dupuis and on the power play.

Tonight also marks the fourth-straight game the Pens are without both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the lineup. But as Matthew Wilder would say, "Ain't nothin' gonna break (the Pens') stride..."


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