The Pittsburgh Penguins sweep a home-and-home series from the New York Rangers and have now won all three contests between the two teams in 2009-10. Pittsburgh improves to 19-9 with the victory, the most wins in the National Hockey League. Mike Rupp records his first career hat trick while Sidney Crosby
has three more points (2G-1A). Crosby has nine points (6G-3A) in the three games versus the Rangers.
Mike Rupp has his first career hat trick after firing the puck from his own blue line into the empty net at the other end to secure the victory. Crosby gets the assist. Penguins 5, Rangers 2.
Crosby scores for the fifth time in two games when he deflects a point shot from Eaton behind Lundqvist. Skoula gets the second assist. Penguins 4, Rangers 2.
Fleury again gets the "Penguin logo" on a one-timer from Chris Drury.
6:08: Evgeni Malkin
doesn't speak often, but he talked after the game Saturday about he and Crosby teaming up to torch the Rangers:
Fleury wasn't sure at first where a shot from Del Zotto ended up, but it was right under his pads for another big save.
Mike Rupp has a new career high in goals! He skates the puck down the left wing and unleshes a snap shot over the glove of Lundqvist. Penguins 3, Rangers 2.
They have been down for the better part of this decade, but in the past the New York Knicks were one of the better franchises in the NBA.
Malkin jumps back on as Gaborik and Orpik exchange pushes and shoves.
Lundqvist makes a big save on Staal yet again, this time with the glove on a low, hard slap shot as New York heads to the power play.
Fleury holds a Higgins shot against his blocker as Malkin takes a hooking penalty to negate the remainder of the Pittsburgh power play.
Girardi hits Rupp from behind, taking a boarding penalty on the play. Rupp limps to the bench.
Kennedy continues to throw shots from all angles. This time Lundqvist gloves his slap shot from the top of the circle.
Fleury makes another above-average save, this time throwing the pad at a turning shot from Anisimov.
Letang broke up a centering pass right onto the tape of Sean Avery. The Rangers' pest fires a backhander off the pad of an alert Fleury.
Pittsburgh is a perferct 2-0 on the season when the game is tied after two periods.
The Rangers went 54 years between championships - a fact Penguins fans loved to let them know about during the 1992 playoffs.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Sergei Gonchar and Jay McKee each have three blocked shots.
- The Penguins have a 21-16 advantage on faceoffs.
- Gonchar's 17:35 of ice time leads all skaters on both sides.
The score after 40 minutes of play is the Penguins 2 and Marian Gaborik 2. Pittsburgh is outshooting the Rangers, 25-20.
Michael Del Zotto's shot hits traffic in front of the net but Gaborik is there to throw the rebound behind Fleury. Penguins 2, Rangers 2.
Staal gets a breakaway but Lundqvist makes the save on his wrist shot.
Sergei Gonchar goes to the box for holding the stick.
Crosby feeds Malkin at the side of the net but Lundqvist stays with that backhander.
More shots from around Madison Square Garden:
Pittsburgh fails again on the power play as Sanguinetti comes back on.
Higgins unleashes a hard slap shot from the top of the zone but Fleury makes that save.
Staal flies into the New York zone and forces Sanguinetti to hook him on the way to the net.
Prospal returns to the ice as the Penguins fall to 0-for-3 with the man-advantage.
Lundqvist moves quickly in his crease to corral a Letang shot in his pads as the Penguins move the puck well on the power play.
Earlier today head coach Dan Bylsma and General Manager Ray Shero visited NHL Headquarters for the unveiling of the Penguins' Stanley Cup plaque. Watch the highlights:
Vinny Prospal gets caught tripping Malkin behind the play, putting the Penguins back on the power play.
Gaborik nearly gets his second goal of the night as he rips a shot off the goal post behind Fleury.
Lundqvist does a great job to poke a Staal pass intended for Tyler Kennedy
away on a two-on-one chance.
12:28: Jordan Staal
wins a faceoff forward and watches a shot stopped by Lundqvist. Mike Rupp is there to deposit the rebound home on a rebound, tying his career high with his sixth goal of the season. Penguins 2, Rangers 1.
Great shift by Guerin, Max Talbot and Pascal Dupuis
as they keep New York penned in their own zone and create several quality scoring chances.
Gaborik hits Rozsival coming off the bench but his slap shot is blockered away by Fleury.
As the action is end-to-end Fleury makes the save on a backhand attempt from Artem Anisimov.
That lead doesn't last long as Crosby takes a pass from Guerin and speeds into the New York zone before throwing a backhander past Lundqvist. Penguins 1, Rangers 1.
Fleury makes an initial save on Gaborik just outside his crease but the NHL's leading goal scorer adds to his total on the rebound. Rangers 1, Penguins 0.
Fleury does a nice job to stay with a Bobby Sanguinetti shot through traffic.
As Brashear's penalty expires a bouncing puck just hops over the stick of Michal Rozsival cutting through the back door.
The action will start four-on-four with Brashear and Guerin in the penalty box.
A behind-the-scenes look at Madison Square Garden between periods.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Kris Letang
took the spot of the injured Alex Goligoski at the left point of the power play.
- Brooks Orpik
had four of the Penguins' 11 hits.
- Evgeni Malkin
had four shots in the opening frame.
No score after the opening 20 minutes as the Penguins outshoot the Rangers, 11-10.
The Penguins power play ends as Bill Guerin takes an interference penalty.
Donald Brashear takes a retaliation penalty for roughing after the whistle.
Lundqvist uses his glove to make a save on Jordan Staal
's deflection off a setup from Malkin right on his tape.
Orpik slams Gilroy to the ice along the boards in the far corner of the Penguins end.
Fleury sticks away a hard shot by Chris Higgins along the near boards.
Lundqvist stands tall to prevent a shot from Kris Letang
Brian Boyle knocks Mark Eaton to the ice with a solid check in the near faceoff circle in the Penguins zone.
The Penguins move the puck well and get a few chances on net but Girardi returns to the ice without the Penguins scoring.
Lundqvist dives and somehow makes a save on Crosby's slap shot from the left of the net.
Dan Girardi takes the first penalty of the night for tripping Ruslan Fedotenko.
NHL all-time scoring leader Wayne Gretzky is in attendance at the Garden.
Here are some shots from the NHL Store in New York City:
Fleury uses his blocker to make a save on a tricky shot from NHL goal-scoring leader Marian Gaborik.
Lundqvist makes his second big save of the shift on Evgeni Malkin
, kicking the rubber away with his pad on Malkin's diving effort.
During the first televison timeout the Rangers honored former captain and 1994 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Brian Leetch for his recent induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Leetch received a standing ovation.
Watch Penguins General Manager Ray Shero's appearance earlier Monday on NHL Live:
12:49: Tyler Kennedy
registers the first shot for the Penguins streaking down the right side of the New York zone. Henrik Lundqvist brings the pads together to make the save.
Great diving play by Mark Eaton in the slot to prevent a glorious scoring chance for the Rangers.
Fleury slides quickly to his left to use his chest to make a save on Ryan Callahan.
Matt Gilroy sends a shot off the post to the left of Fleury as New York has started this game strong after falling 8-3 on Saturday.
Fleury catches a shot from Chris Drury, the second shot of the period for the Rangers captain.
Fleury makes the first save of the night when he denies a deflected chance from Marc Staal.
The rematch between the Penguins and Rangers is underway.
STAT OF THE NIGHT:
The Penguins are 3-0 vs. New York under head coach Dan Bylsma.
The Penguins scratches include Goligoski and Chris Kunitz
. Brandon Dubinsky, Wade Redden and Envir Lisin are out for New York.
The Penguins look to sweep this home-and-home series when they face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Alex Goligoski is out of the lineup tonight along with Matt Cooke
, who was suspended for two games by the NHL.
Author: Jason Seidling