Saturday, January 28, 2006

Rangers 7, Penguins 1

Crunch!

Stomp!

Destroy!

You know, this was a game that was tied at 1-1 halfway through the second period. It was only 3-1 after two periods - certainly not out of the realm of experience or possibility for the Pens. They had been badly outshot during the first and second periods, but previously this season the Flightless Birds had shown a resiliancy and an ability to come back with a better showing.

Not tonight.

Of course, it doesn't help when you take four penalties in the third period. For the game, the team was outshot FIFTY-ONE to FOURTEEN. That's truly pathetic. Not only could the offense not get going, but the defense couldn't get the Rangers out of the Pens' end of the ice.

New additions Cross and Rita stepped right in and played fairly significant minutes. Cross was a -3, along with other big minus players Melichar, Surovy and Scuderi at -3. Recchi, Leclair and Talbot were at -4. Ugh.

Not much more can be said. Fortunately (or not), the Pens will get another shot at the Rangers sooner rather than later - back at the Garden on Wednesday. Let's hope it's not "second verse, same as the first!"

2 comments:

Will said...

Tale of two game wiht this one. The Pens just did not have that jump in their step that we're used to seeing against the Rangers. They got out played for most of the game but were right in it until the 3rd. Fleury had a rough night, but that's the first really bad game he's had in a while. I thought the new guys looked ok and Sims (I think that's the new D guys name) had a great shot that rang off the pipe. The new forward was on Crosby's line and seemed to do alright concidering it was his first and he was mainly a 4th liner in Edmonton. I'm sure Therrien will get after the boys with a showing like this. Hopefully they'll come out swining we they meet the Rangers again on Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone here that they sent Maxime Talbot down?!?!?! He's one of our best penalty killers, and considering we get penalties like no other. Also, that means we only have 2 centers on the roster. What could this bring about? Could Erik Christensen be coming back up? Or does this mean more trades?