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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.

Malkin ties his career-high 15-game point streak with his 22nd goal of the season on a one-timer just past the glove of Lundqvist. Gonchar makes the pass to Malkin as the Penguins also set a new team record for shots in a road game with 55. Final Score: Penguins 5, Rangers 4 in overtime! (Following the game the game-winner was changed to Jordan Staal on a deflection, his second goal of the game and 18th of the season)

Malkin rings a shot off the post and then six seconds later is actually robbed on a glove save by Lundqvist.

Malkin kept his feet moving and forces Wade Redden to take a hooking penalty. The Penguins use their timeout.

Game-saving change by Lundqvist on Letang's snap shot from the slot as the action is up and down the ice.

Pittsburgh is 10-4 this season in overtime while the Rangers are just 3-7. New York did beat the Penguins, 3-2 in the extra session, on an Olli Jokinen tally at Mellon Arena on Feb. 12.


The Penguins fight all the way back from a 4-2 second-period decicit to tie the score, 4-4, and force overtime at MSG thanks to a late goal by Alex Goligoski.

The Penguins now have a season-high 50 shots. They are within the team record of 53 set on 12/16/00 at Montreal.

The fans give a mock cheer as Drury registers THE RANGERS FIRST SHOT OF THE THIRD PERIOD!!!!

New York might have scored on their first two chances with the man-advantage, but when it counts the Penguins' penalty kill comes up huge!

Are we surprised the Penguins are also carrying the play while down by a man? What an effort by the Penguins tonight!

Pittsburgh will be calling upon their penalty kill to come up huge for them late as Cooke is off for tripping.

Alex Goligoski couldn't take a pass from Kunitz as it bounced off his stick. He stays with the puck and simply throws it towards the cage and it bounced off the skate of Marc Staal and gets past Lundqvist to tie the score. It's Goligoski's first goal since scoring against Anaheim on Nov. 3, a span of 37 games. Penguins 4, Rangers 4.

New York ices the puck as two seconds remain in the penalties to Talbot and Avery. The Rangers can't get any offense going here in the third period.

With 12:42 to play in the first half the Pitt Panthers now trail Providence, 13-11, following a three-pointer.

As I was typing that, it's only fitting Sean Avery mixes it up with Talbot. Both players receive minor penalties as Avery of course has to mock Talbot on his way to the box. That guy is definitely something else - although he wouldn't drop the gloves with Talbot.

Cooke lined Wade Redden up from 15 feet away and knocked him right to the ice with a vicious check in the near corner. Both teams have been chippy here all night.

This is just an absolute goaltending clinic being put on here by Lundqvist. Malkin just deflected a wrist shot from Eaton and it looked like the score was going to be tied but the glove of "King Henrik" said no.

It's fitting Mike Rupp ended an 18-game goal-less streak tonight with a second-period goal. On Nov. 30 at Madison Square Garden he picked up his first career hat trick in a 5-2 victory over New York:

The Penguins have recorded the first eight shots of the third period. Also, three-plus minutes into action at the Pete it is Pitt with an early 7-4 lead on Providence.

Wow I can't type fast enough to keep up with the big saves being made by Lundqvist. Now he robs Fedotenko's rebound of a Malkin shot. If the Penguins keep this up, they are going to tie this game.

Somehow Lundqvist just kept the puck out of the net on a chance by Malkin from the top of the crease. Seemingly every body from both teams converged on the Rangers netminder but he somehow keeps the rubber out of the net.

Crosby fires one of the hardest shots I have seen him take this season at Lundqvist on a two-on-one with Letang and the shot is stopped by the pad of Lundqvist and lands all the way on the Pittsburgh side of the red line.

Boy does Dupuis look good tonight. He just got great wood on a shot from the high slot that was corraled by Lundqvist, but he looks possessed to score for the second-straight night.

Mike Rupp looks like he has earned a majority of the shifts with Crosby and Kunitz as he starts the third period on a line with those two.



- Sidney Crosby is 11-3 on faceoffs as the Penguins continue to dominate on the draws.
- Pascal Dupuis has a game-high six shots while former Penguin Erik Christensen leads the Rangers with five shots.
- Pittsburgh is now outhitting the Rangers, 31-28
- Michelle and Haeley are the two girls booted off American Idol tonight.

More shenanigans after the final buzzer in the second period as Orpik gets involved with a couple Rangers. New York will carry a 4-3 lead into the final period. Shots are 32-15 in favor of Pittsburgh.

Johnson just made a great save again on Christensen without a stick.

Pittsburgh is outshooting the Rangers, 32-14, thus far.

Orpik stood up in the neutral zoen and absolutely drill Enver Lisin to the ice.


Pittsburgh is right back into the contest. Kunitz makes a long lead pass to spring Crosby two-on-one with Mike Rupp. Crosby feeds the biscuit to Rupp in the left circle and he beats Lundqvist to the blocker side. Rangers 4, Penguins 3.

New York doesn't take long to welcome Johnson to the crease. Erik Christensen gets a good look from the slot but it is stopped by the pad of Johnson.

A fluky goal by Dubinsky makes the Rangers 2-for-2 on the man-advantage. His slap shot from the top of the left circle hit off the post to the left of Fleury and then off Fleury's back and into the cage. After the play Brent Johnson replaces Fleury in the net. Rangers 4, Penguins 2.

A steal by Dupuis leads to the Penguins winger getting two great shorthanded chances at Lundqvist. Staal then almost put the rebound of Dupuis' second shot into the net but a great defensive play by Olli Jokinen denied that. Jokinen always finds some way to do good things against the Penguins.

Sidney Crosby heads to the penalty box to the delight of the crowd as he gets called for high-sticking Rozsival.


Jermaine is the second and final guy voted off American Idol. Next, two of the females will be sent home.

Huge hit by Dupuis on Marc Staal. It leads to another extended shift in the offensive zone as Malkin almost puts a backhander under Lundqvist.

Ruslan Fedotenko just had the puck roll off his stick as he went to swipe the rebound of a Pascal Dupuis shot into an open cage. Pittsburgh continues to dominate the offensive zone here in the second period.

Here is a compilation of highlights from the newest Penguin, Alexei Ponikarovsky, who should hopefully be cleared to make his Pittsburgh debut on Saturday against Dallas:

Big save by Lundqvist on a one-timer from Crosby in the high slot. The Penguins captain has eight goals already this season against New York. Pittsburgh is coming on strong following the Rozsival goal.

For anybody missing American Idol to watch this game, John Park is the first boy voted off the show tonight.

Nobody covered Rozsival as he sneaked down the wing and he takes a pass from Callahan and roofs a shot over the glove of Fleury to give the Rangers their second lead of the night. Rangers 3, Penguins 2.

We have four-on-four action to begin the period as Callahan received a slashing minor and Malkin a roughing call at the 20-minute mark of the first period.


- A very physical first period as the Rangers outhit the Penguins, 15-14. It felt like both teams actually threw more hits than that.
- Jordan Staal had four of the Penguins' 15 shots.
- Pittsburgh had the advantage on the faceoff dots, 13-10.

Malkin and Callahan exchange a couple of face washes after the final buzzer. We will see if any penalties come out of that. The game is tied, 2-2, after 20 minutes while the Penguins hold a 15-8 advantage in shots as they carry the play for the majority of the frame.

Ryan Callahan is one of the best all-around hockey players - I am totally convinced of this after the Olympics. Marc Staal just lost his stick, so Callahan give him his. Then, Callahan directed Vinny Prospal down low because he had a stick. Smart little plays like that add up to big things over a hockey game. Callahan can play on my team any day of the week.

Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition and what a goal by Chris Drury. Just like he did in the first game against the Canadians at the Olympics, Drury puts a rebound home on a rebound in front of the net. He was on his knees as he swooped a turning backhander into the cage. Penguins 2, Rangers 2.

New York gets their first crack on the man-advantage as Brooks Orpik is sent off for tripping.

Cooke and Prust are back on the ice as five-on-five action resumes.

This is a great shot from the hallway of the Penguins locker room at Madison Square Garden. It's former Pitt center Dejaun Blair tipping off against the Duke Blue Devils to begin overtime. The Panthers won that game on a last-second three-pointer from Levance Fields. That was a night where the Penguins beat the Boston Bruins in a shootout, the Steelers clinched the AFC North title with a win against the St. Louis Rams and Pitt beat Duke. While we are at it, good luck to the Panthers tonight as they tip off against Providence at Peterson Events Center with a double-bye at next week's Big East Tournament at MSG on the line!

Brandon Prust tried getting Cooke to drop the gloves at the ensuing faceoff and somehow both players get two-minute minors.

Crashing the net pays off for the Penguins as Staal takes the puck hard to the net down the right flank and throws a backhander off the blocker of Lundqvist. Matt Cooke was driving the net, forcing Brian Boyle to follow him closely, and the rebound went of off the body of Boyle and bounced over the goal line for Staal's 17th goal of the season. Penguins 2, Rangers 1.

Now Staal is taking a shift on the right side with Crosby and Kunitz. If you joined us late Bill Guerin is a late scratch due to injury so the Penguins have dressed Jay McKee. They have 11 forwards and 7 defensemen.


Unpleasantries are exchanged again following a glove save by Lundqvist on Goligoski's wrist shot from just over the blueline. The Penguins are outshooting the Rangers, 11-2.

The Penguins score with seven seconds left in the first penalty!! Gonchar's one-timer off a pass from Alex Goligoski goes off the pad of Lundqvist, but Kunitz is standing right there to throw the rebound into the open cage for his ninth goal of the season. Penguins 1, Rangers 1.

The Penguins will have a 47-second two-man advantage as Michal Rozsival is penalized for slashing Staal.

Kunitz and Staal take the place of Crosby and Guerin on the top unit.

Crosby just draws a penalty on Marc Staal for tripping and Lundqvist feels the nerve to tell Crosby not to dive. It looks like Crosby picks up a penalty too for cross-checking Lundqvist. Brandon Dubinsky picks up a roughing penalty for going back at Crosby. The Penguins are on the power play.

I had written that Bill Guerin was out as a surprise scratch and then switched it when I saw FSN say he was in the lineup but he is in fact out of the lineup with a late injury. Jay McKee dresses as the seventh blueliner.

What's up with this Artem Anisimov guy? He has struggled for much of the past three months but he just beat Fleury over the glove of Fleury into the far upper corner of the net to open the scoring. Rangers 1, Penguins 0.

Staal nets the first shot of the game for either team from the near wing and Henrik Lundqvist makes that save.

We have a whistle as Jordan Staal's shot deflects off the face of last season's Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Gilroy. The rookie blueliner appears to be OK.

Crosby begins the game on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz.


Sidney Crosby has three multiple-goal games against New York this season.

7:05 PM:
Marc-Andre Fleury once again gets the call between the pipes for the Penguins. He hasn't seen game action in 18 days due to the Olympic break.

7:03 PM:
We have the scratches for the Penguins and Bill Guerin is a surprise late no-go for the Penguin. Also out are Ponikarovsky and the injured Eric Godard. New York will play a second-consecutive game without superstar Marian Gaborik.

7:00 PM:
The Penguins hit the road for a quick one-game road swing in New York where they take on the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh enters the contest unbeaten against the Rangers (4-0-1) on the season. Pittsburgh will be without their newest acquisition, Alexei Ponikarovsky, who is still in the process of gaining his work visa.

Author: Jason Seidling

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