It was nice to see the banner hoisted to the roof and to remember what the team achieved last year.
It was also nice to start something new.
The Pens were able to get off on the right foot against a tough team.
Things started off well for the Pens. They controlled play early and went out to a 1-0 lead on the power play. Geno deflected a shot from the point by Gonchar.
The Rangers didn't go away, and that was the theme for the evening - the Rangers wouldn't go quietly. They tied the score at 1-1 on a fluky play when the puck hit the ref on a clearing attempt.
The Pens added two in the second (Crosby and Kennedy) to hold the DTGL (Dreaded Two Goal Lead) going into the third.
The Rangers cut the lead in half early in the third, but couldn't get the tying goal.
Great effort by the Pens tonight, and some key saves by Marc-Andre.
- Balanced play across the lines. Barring Godard, everyone played at least 9 minutes. This might be the deepest Penguins team we've seen in a long time.
- Goligoski stepped up and answered the call as one of the top 6 D.
- Sid didn't quite look like he was at full speed. It will be interesting to see how he's impacted by playing back-to-back.
- Errey said he saw Godard driving a 64 Ford Galaxie XL - thought I'd show you what one looks like!
Next up: at the Islanders... tomorrow!