Thoughts, musings and observations from the Pens' 3-2 loss against the NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
*Even though the game had no ramifications for the playoffs for Pittsburgh, there was still plenty to play for against the Rangers. Many of the players in the lineup were auditioning for a job in the NHL. Tristan Jarry and Jean-Sebastian Dea made their NHL debuts, while Oskar Sundqvist, Dominik Simon, Kevin Porter and Derrick Pouliot were trying to prove that they belong in the big leagues.
*Defenseman Olli Maatta returned to the lineup after missing 25 games with a broken hand. He looked strong on his skates and smart in his decision-making. Maatta skated in 20 minutes of ice time.
*Jarry was spectacular in his NHL debut, especially in the 3rd period. He made 22 saves, including some tough ones in the final frame. He gloved down a Ryan McDonagh shot, stuck out his pad to deny Taylor Beck and also stopped Beck on a breakaway. It was fantastic effort from the 21-year-old.
*Speaking of Jarry, he recorded one of the best saves you'll see all season. Just 10 minutes into his NHL career a puck squirted free to Tanner Glass, who was staring at a wide-open net. But Jarry reached back with his paddle to stop the puck at the goal line, and then swung around with his glove to snatch up the puck. It was a quite a beauty from the AHL All-Star.
*Winger Phil Kessel picked up an assist on Nick Bonino's first-period goal. That assist was his 47th of the season and his 70th point on the campaign. For a natural goal scorer, Kessel sure has become quite a setup man.
*Even though he did not play in the game, Sidney Crosby still finished with 44 goals on the season to win his 2nd career Rocket Richard Trophy as NHL goal-scoring champion. Congratulations to Sidney for adding yet another piece of hardware to his constantly expanding collection.