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Pens-Rangers In-Game Blog

by Jason Seidling / Pittsburgh Penguins
Track all the action from Pittsburgh's showdown with the New York Rangers with our live in-game blog. Check back for stat updates, injury reports and other information.

Final Score: New York 3, Pittsburgh 2 in overtime. Sidney Crosby tallies twice for the Penguins to establish a new career high with 41 goals. The Penguins host the Nashville Predators at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the final contest before the Olympic break.

Olli Jokinen kills the Penguins YET AGAIN. The Rangers center fires a shot through the legs of a Penguin over the glove of Fleury for the game-winning goal.

Fleury makes a diving save on Marc Staal - one eerily similar to the one he made on Nick Lidstrom at the end of Game 7.

Pittsburgh has a 10-2 record when the game stretches beyond 60 minutes while the Rangers are just 2-7.


And we head to overtime to overtime here at Mellon Arena with the score tied, 2-2.

Marc Staal gets a piece of a Crosby shot from the near circle as he barely missed giving the Penguins the lead.

The crowd gets into the game, chanting "Lets Go Pens! Lets Go Pens!"


Letestu's back on the ice and the Penguins kill off yet another Rangers power play.

New York goes on the man-advantage as Mark Letestu is sent to the sin bin for hooking.

Here are tonight's Don Farr Moving and Storage Moves of the Game:

A trip on Kennedy goes uncalled as the fans get restless over the lack of penalties on New York.

You think Jordan Staal has a few lady followers?

Marc-Andre Fleury is square and ready to make a save with chest protector on a quick shot from Drury off a broken play in the slot.

Cooke drives the puck straight to the cage from the right seam only to have Lundqvist make a save with his glove as the Penguins have totally dominated this third period.

New York simply cannot stop Sidney Crosby! Gonchar holds a terrible clearing attempt from Dan Girardi in at the center point and fires a slap-pass off the blade of Crosby to knot the score. Penguins 2, Rangers 2.

Cooke draws a high-sticking call to Marc Staal behind the New York cage.


Brent Johnson is out with an undisclosed injury and he will not return.

Lundqvist robs Crosby's wrist shot from eight feet awayas the Penguins threaten to tie the game.

Pittsburgh looks to come back from a 2-1 deficit.



- Sergei Gonchar has seen a team-high 16:51 of ice time.
- New York outshot the Penguins, 13-6, in the middle frame.
- Matt Cooke and Evgeni Malkin each have two hits.

The buzzer sounds on the middle frame as New York's Brian Boyle and Kunitz mix it up. Both teams and the fans are all fired up as the atmosphere has electrified in the arena. New York leads, 2-1, after 40 minutes. They also hold a 24-18 advantage in shots.

Marc-Andre Fleury is now between the pipes for th Penguins. We will get you an update on Brent Johnson ASAP.

A couple Rangers sit on Crosby in the slot but again no penalties are called on the play. The fans boo again at the next whistle.

Enjoy some Starkist Shootout highlights:

Brian Boyle stared at an open cage following a wraparound to the far side but his shot goes off the post.

Another big penalty kill for the Penguins. Hopefully they can use all this momentum to their advantage.

Those girls in the picture below wanted Brooks Orpik to dish out some free candy, and he does to Anisimov on the near boards.

Staal steals the puck behind the New York net and feeds Dupuis cutting through the slot but again his shot goes over the net.

Guerin is headed to the penalty box for slashing the stick out of the hands of Brandon Prust.

Malkin, who was serving the Cooke minor, is back on the ice.

Dupuis barely shoots the puck over the top of the net as he takes a lead pass from Staal. Between the fight and this penalty kill, the Penguins are taking the momentum back in the game.

If the crowd was a bit quiet following the Rangers' second goal, they are awake and rocking now as Cooke gets the better of Drury big time in a scrap just outside the New York zone. Both receive five-minute majors for fighting, Cooke receives an extra two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and Rozsival gets a 10-minute misconduct.


Red-hot Vinny Prospal takes a pass from Artem Anisimov off the rush and buries a shot past the blocker of Johnson from the bottom of the far circle to give New York their first lead. Rangers 2, Penguins 1.

Johnson stops a Dubinsky wraparound with his glove as the Rangers have really come on in the second period.

Here is a Consol Energy Center construction update:


Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto will not return with a deep laceration from Evgeni Malkin's skate. Marian Gaborik is also out of the Rangers lineup as well.

Brandon Dubinsky's one-timer from just outside the crease from a Drury pass ties the game. Penguins 1, Rangers 1.

Both teams are back on the ice.


- Evgeni Malkin led the Penguins with three shots.
- Pittsburgh went 10-7 on faceoffs.
- Matt Cooke led the Penguins with two hits.

0:00: A familar scene - the Penguins lead the Rangers, 1-0, after 20 minutes. Pittsburgh also holds a 12-11 advantage in shots.

Former Penguin Erik Christensen got behind the defense and had a chance to show off his one-on-one skills but Johnson did a snow angel to make the save.

Johnson gave the puck away behind the net to Olli Jokinen - a Penguins killer during his days with the Florida Panthers - but he recovers to make a pad save on the wraparound chance.

We have some rough stuff after the whistle for the first time tonight as the Penguins poke away at Lundqvist.

The Penguins don't score on the man-advantage but they generate quite a few great scoring chances.

Pittsburgh receives the first power-play opportunity of the evening as Michal Rozsival is penalized for interference.

Jordan Staal just blew right around Wade Redden and forced Lundqvist to make a pad save on his drive from the bottom of the near circle as the Penguins continue to abuse New York's defense.

Lundqvist makes his second above-average save of the shift against Malkin as the Russian superstar and Crosby continue to make magic happen paired up together following icing calls.

Ryan Callahan, a member of Team USA, sends a tricky wrist shot towards the net from the seat of his pants but Johnson is there to make the save.

The Penguins have built up quite a highlight reel in their four victories against the Rangers thus far:

Sidney Crosby has 40 goals for the first time in his NHL career!!!! Bill Guerin sets him up in the slot and Crosby slaps a shot through the legs of Lundqvist to get the Penguins off and running. Malkin picks up an assist on the play to extend his scoring streak to 12 games. Penguins 1, Rangers 0.

Marc Staal trips Malkin behind the Rangers net but the referees don't call a penalty, to the dismay of the crowd.

Henrik Lundqvist makes the first big save of the night, using his pad to deny a mini-breakaway attempt by Matt Cooke.

Rangers rookie blueliner Michael Del Zotto is down on the ice after landing awkwardly in a collision with the Penguins Evgeni Malkin. Del Zotto is helped to the bench by trainers.

Same line combinations and defense pairings the Penguins have been using the past three games.

A great night of Pittsburgh sports is under way.


Pittsburgh is 15-0-2 in their past 17 home games against the Rangers, including the postseason.

7:33 PM:
Pittsburgh's scratches once again include the injured Eric Godard and Maxime Talbot, and defenseman Martin Skoula. New York's scratches include the newly-acquired Jody Shelley, Enver Lisin and Donald Brashear. Brent Johnson gets the call for the Penguins while Marian Gaborik is in the lineup for New York.

7:32 PM:
Injured Iraq war veteran Derek DeGraeve, a native of New Kensington, was the special guest of the Penguins at today’s morning skate. Here, Derek chats with Coach Dan Bylsma and Billy Guerin … and also poses in front of Sidney Crosby’s locker, with an autographed stick that Sid presented to him. The Penguins were proud to salute Derek for his service to our country.


 7:30 PM:
The New York Rangers invade Mellon Arena in the middle contest of a three-game homestand for the Penguins before the Olympic break begins on Monday. Pittsburgh has won seven straight games over the Rangers, including all four matchups this season. Sidney Crosby has been terrific against the Rangers, picking up 11 points (6G-5A) in the four games, including a hat trick and two assists in an 8-3 Penguins' victory here at Mellon Arena on Nov. 28.

Author: Jason Seidling

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