Chris Conner comes up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and scores twice, including the game-winning goal midway through the third period, as the Penguins score three unanswered goals and defeat the New York Rangers, 4-2, to sweep both game's on the team's 4th Annual "Dad's Trip." The Penguins return home on Thursday night to host the red-hot Ottawa Senators at Mellon Arena.
0:40: Pascal Dupuis
picks up a loose puck at the blue line out of midair and throws the biscuit into the empty cage for his 12th goal of the season. Penguins 4, Rangers 2.
Lundqvist is off for an extra attacker.
Following the group picture with their dads, the Penguins quickly changed from their game sweaters to practice shirts.
Anisimov stole the puck from Conner and nearly had a mini breakaway as he looks for the hat trick.
Both teams are flying up and down the ice at the world's most famous arena as the Penguins continue to attack while the Rangers need a tying goal.
The Penguins' quick-strike offense comes through again. Crosby's initial shot is stopped by Lundqvist but Conner was there to fire the rebound home from the bottom of the left circle for his second goal of the game. Penguins 3, Rangers 2.
It doesn't take long for the Penguins to answer the Anisimov goal. Gonchar sets up Malkin for a one-timer and the Penguins centers' shot deflects off a Ranger past the glove of Lundqvist. Penguins 2, Rangers 2.
The Penguins will have a chance to answer that goal with Gaborik taking a slashing penalty.
Fleury had trouble with a shot thrown at his feet and Anisimov jammed the puck barely over the goal line to give the Rangers their first lead of the game. Rangers 2, Penguins 1.
Letang and Sean Avery have had a great battle in this game. Letang just stepped up in the neutral zone to get a piece of Avery and knock him to the ice.
The fathers joined the team at center ice at Madison Square Garden for a group picture earlier this morning.
The Penguins kill off almost six straight minutes of power-play time.
Staal steps out of the box and the Penguins kill off that double-minor. They have 1:49 to kill on a Cooke roughing penalty.
New York will have an 11-second two-man advantage as Cooke is sent to the box for roughing.
Ryan Callahan hustles back to take the puck right off the blade of Cooke as he moved in on the breakaway. Just a great defensive play.
Gaborik keeps getting off his howitzer from long distances but Fleury continues to make the saves on those chances.
The Penguins have killed off the first half of the Staal double-minor.
Fleury uses his glove hand again to just get a piece on Gaborik's drive from the top o the near circle.
New York has a golden opportunity to take the lead as Jordan Staal
gets a four-minute penalty for high-sticking.
The Penguins are 8-1 this season when the game is tied after two periods while the Rangers are 4-5-3.
The Penguins dads joined them this morning for the team meeting prior to the morning skate.
We have two periods in the books at Madison Square Garden in New York and the score is knotted up, 1-1. Both teams have been credited with 27 shots apiece.
The Penguins keep coming oh so close to taking the lead back. Malkin barely missed the net on the rebound of a Johnson shot.
Fleury just made his save of the night. He flashed his glove to catch a drive off the blade of Dubinsky from the top of the far circle.
Lundqvist, who was pulled in his most recent start against Montreal on Saturday, makes another clutch save by robbing Letang with his right arm.
Lundqvist comes up huge again when he denies Nick Johnson's chance from just outside the crease.
Lundqvist makes another good save on Staal, this time using his stick as Staal fired a slap shot from the near circle.
We now have a game at MSG as the Rangers have turned a broken play into the tying goal. Artem Anisimov picked up a loose puck in the slot following a broken play and beat Marc-Andre Fleury
over the glove. Penguins 1, Rangers 1.
Fleury moves out to the top of his crease to direct a slap shot from Wade Redden up into the netting.
9:50: Sidney Crosby
, who has torched the Rangers this season with 10 points (6G-4A) thus far in four games, recorded his fourth career hat trick against New York on Nov. 28 at Mellon Arena:
Crosby leads Malkin on a breakaway as the latter steps out of the penalty box but the puck rolls off Malkin's stick as he tries going backhand to forehand.
We have just received word that Eric Godard will not be returning to the game.
Malkin is in the penalty box for tripping.
The Penguins dads enjoy the scenery at Madison Square Garden.
Brothers Jordan and Marc Staal each get a couple good shots in on each other in the far corner of the Rangers zone.
The Penguins are 15-3 on the season when they lead after the first period.
Lundqvist is tested for the first time in the second period by stopping a Kennedy shot in the slot and the rebound attempt by Staal from point-blank range.
Fleury looks sharp again in this period as he catches another shot in that new glove he is wearing to protect his fractured finger.
Eric Godard's return is questionable after he left in the first period.
The second period has resumed at Madison Square Garden.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Sidney Crosby
went 6-1 on draws in the opening period.
- Chris Conner, who scored the only goal of the period, led the Penguins with two shots.
- Brooks Orpik
led the Penguins with three shots.
Another great first period on the road for the Penguins as they lead the Rangers, 1-0, after 20 minutes. Both teams register seven shots on goal.
New York is able to kill off the Dubinsky penalty.
With Goligoski out of the lineup, Kris Letang
is manning the point opposite Sergei Gonchar.
The Penguins receive the first power play of the night as the Rangers Brandon Dubinsky is penalized for slashing.
The Penguins are being outshot, 7-5, thus far, but have had more quality looks than the Rangers have.
The official scorers at MSG have changed the second assist on the Conner goal from Fleur to Kris Letang
Chris Conner has looked very good playing on the wing with Sidney Crosby
. He just fired his second shot of the game Lundqvist's way.
The Penguins dads checked out the ice at Madison Square Garden as the players got ready for the game.
8:32: Brooks Orpik
and Sean Avery push and shove following a Fleury save on Ryan Callahan.
Mike Rupp notched his first career hat trick and Sidney Crosby
added two goals and an assist in the Penguins 5-2 victory at Madison Square Garden in their previous visit here on Nov. 30:
The Penguins are winning every loose puck and constantly out-muscling the Rangers in a fast-paced first period featuring very few stoppages.
Lundqvist just made a great blocker save on Jordan Staal
in the slot as the trio of Staal, Tyler Kennedy
and Matt Cooke
once again dominates zone time.
Eric Godard has gone off to the locker room. We will provide an update on his condition as soon as possible.
Fleury holds on to stop a long-range wrist shot off the blade of Dan Girardi at the right point.
17:13: Sidney Crosby
skates the puck over the Rangers line and hits a trailing Chris Conner. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton callup beats Lundqvist to the short side for his eighth career NHL goal. Fleury records an assist on the goal as well. Penguins 1, Rangers 0. (second assist later changed from Fleury to Kris Letang)
Lundqvist makes the first save of the night as he sticks aside a backhander from Nick Johnson in the slot.
20:00: Marc-Andre Fleury
returns to the net for the Penguins. He will oppose Henrik Lundqvist in a battle of superstar netminders.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
Despite a two-game winning streak on home ice, the Rangers are only one game above .500 at 12-11-4 on the season at Madison Square Garden.
Bill Guerin, Maxime Talbot and Alex Goligoski are the Penguins' three scratches against the Rangers. Veteran defenseman Martin Skoula will dress in Goligoski's place. New York has made Ales Kotalik a healthy scratch for a sixth-consecutive game, and former Penguin Erik Christensen is also out.
With Guerin out for tonight's game the Penguins have recalled forward Chris Conner from their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Conner recorded one assist in six games against the Penguins earlier this season. Click here
to read more about Conner.
The Penguins are looking to sweep the team's 4th Annual "Dad's Trip" when they take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh is coming off a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on Sunday. A victory over the Rangers will have to come without the services of forward Bill Guerin and defenseman Alex Goligoski, both of whom have been labeled by head coach Dan Bylsma as day-to-day with undisclosed injuries.
Author: Jason Seidling