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Penguins run winning streak to eight games, shut out Rangers 3-0

Mar 16, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

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There’s a new winning streak in town and it belongs to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Pens ran their run of consecutive wins to eight after today’s 3-0 shutout victory over an offensively challenged New York Rangers team. Beau Bennett, Tyler Kennedy, and Pascal Dupuis each had a goal while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots en route to his first shutout of the season. Sidney Crosby was held without a point and proving, for one game at least, that they can get the job done even without him.

Pittsburgh hasn’t had to sweat scoring goals over their eight-game run, but now both Fleury and Tomas Vokoun are stepping up in shutting teams down. Over the last four games, opponents have just four goals. Offensively, the Pens are averaging exactly four goals a game during the streak.

The Pens will look to make it nine in a row tomorrow afternoon on NBC as they take on the Boston Bruins at 12:30 p.m. ET.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Pens are playing great hockey right now. They have only allowed 4 goals in the last 4 games. Crosby played a great game for not getting a point. Eaton has helped out our PK alot, and adding him to this team was a smart move by Shero. Tomorrow will be another big game and a chance to distant ourselves from the rest of the teams in the Atlantic. Fun time to be a pens fan.

    • djamesbart - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      It can’t be just a coincidence that the Pens have suddenly played very solid defense since reacquiring the hardworking Eaton.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        6-0 when he’s in the lineup.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      The Pens will be the reason the flyers make the playoffs ! The pens are walking through the conference with no resistance and they are beating the teams and will continue beating the teams that have games in hand on the flyers ! Thanks Pens and see ya in the first round !

      • ironman721 - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        Good chance you could be right about that. The rest if the division is struggling and Philly could grab the 8 seed.

  2. mordock57 - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Domination from start to finish. As much the Pens playing well as the Rangers just looking disengaged. e.g. Somebody on that bench want to hand your top scorer, Nash, a stick, maybe?!? Crosby again doesn’t score, but holy crap did he make some brilliant plays while trying. And anyone who continues to claim that the defense isn’t capable or that Fleury is somehow weak needs to open their eyes to the past several games. Fleury is SHARP right now and the defense has been pretty stellar. And now some third line production, too? Once Geno gets back… hoo boy. This is gonna be even more fun than it already is. :-D

    • stakex - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      The Rangers made the Pens defense and Fleury look good today. They sucked, and didn’t have one really quality scoring chance… and as much as you might want to credit the Pens with that, its been a common problem for the Rangers of late. They looked just as bad against the Jets, a team no one would mistake for having a tip top defense.

      Fleury is still ranked 26th in save percentage, and a couple games against offensively challanged teams isn’t enough to prove the Pens defense is playing solid. It was only a few days ago we were talking about the Pens giving up more then three goals a game for a long stretch… and thats still their big question mark.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        I have to agree with you here. It’s great that the Pens got the shutout, but you don’t measure success against one of the most disappointing teams in the league, that is right fighting to make the playoffs. The true test comes when you play the top teams, not the weakest ones. Things look good for now, and they have something to build on from the D play perspective.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        Boston has 80 Goals, islanders has 79, Toronto has 82. Your rangers squad has 65. Looks like the only offensively challenged team we have played the last 4 games was the rangers. The rest of those teams haven’t had any problems scoring but when we played them they didn’t score more then 2 (Boston).

  3. ironman721 - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    The Pens 🐧 are March-ing!

  4. ironman721 - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    The Pens 🐧are March-ing!

  5. ragsrus - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Congrats on the win pens fans, what can I say but that the Rangers are a heartless gutless bunch of pukes. Or they are playing to get their coach fired. FU Torts!

    • upyoursnfu - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Here’s hoping Tamponarella has a meltdown in his post game interview. What a crybaby piece of garbage.

  6. djamesbart - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    FAST, relentless & skilled = a winning combo.
    (Rangers are lucky the refs decided not to call hooking/holding today.)

    • handsofsweed - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Or elbowing. Or tripping.

  7. hockeyfan28 - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    not a surprise only one team can realistically beat these guys in a seven game series
    when they get rolling and that team probably won’t even make the playoffs barring
    injuries the conference is theirs

    • djamesbart - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Anything can happen!
      But imagine if Shero gets significant blueline help & Geno gets healthy?

      The Rags looked so very slow against the Pens. It’s rare that you can see that difference between professional sports teams. But it was glaringly obvious today.

  8. joethorntonisclutch - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Team is amazing. Even on nights where the big guns don’t make it to the scoresheet, they still find a way to come out on top. Very impressive.

    By the way, Crosby is the best player in hockey in a long time.

  9. stakex - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    A couple more games like this, and something big is going to happen in NY…. either a big name trade (probably Gaborik), or Torts is going to get fired. They have far too much talent not to be playing better.

    I know Pens fans want to say they simply out played the Rangers today, but the Rangers have just been awful lately. They looked just as bad against Buffalo and the Jets. These teams and goalies aren’t all just having good games against the Rangers… the Rangers are sucking. If some sort of big change is going to happen, its going to be pretty soon. Otherwise its going to be too late.

    • djamesbart - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      No one is going to argue with you. We all agree. The Rags are not very good. As slow as I’ve seen a pro hockey team.

  10. johnstone17 - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    As a Rangers fan I’ll say it. They are soft. Soft in front of their net, soft in front of the opposition net, soft every where on the ice. The Penguins were constantly beating them to the puck. Sam & Joe were talking about how the Rangers haven’t had many power plays this week. The cure to that is skate harder than your opponent & force your opponent to take penalties.

    • djamesbart - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      What if they can’t skate any harder/faster?

      • johnstone17 - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Right now they are not skating as hard as they could & I mean that collectively. Certain guys bring it every game.

  11. steelers88 - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Omg! Omg! Omg! The Penguins are actually playing defense!

  12. phlyerzpwnu - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    It looked like the Rangers had zero fight….not that the Pens defense looked great. You guy watch the same game or are you such homers that you can’t admit when your opponent just flat out sucks??

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      The Pens have outscored the Rangers 12-3 this year over 3 games (and 2 of the games were shutouts). The Pens have made the Rangers their b*tch this year.

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      When opposing teams fans are saying things like this you know your doing good. 8 game winning streak and all you can say is our opponent stunk. We must of played 8 weak teams and gotten lucky then huh? It’s hard to play defense when we constantly have the puck.

  13. phlyerzpwnu - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Homer says, where’s the any key?!

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      2-1 against you this season and your last (behind the islanders) in the alantic. Time for you to move along troll. Your screen name needs changed bc the flyers haven’t “owned” anyone this year.

  14. mario66sid87geno71 - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    This is 8 in a row, against some of the conferences best teams. They are winning games and making the other teams look bad. This is about them, and yes they are that good. Enjoy the hockey, this is special.

  15. modellforprez - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Now after the pens win tomorrow nobody can say whaa boowhoo we played yesterday they were fresh Nonsense every team goes thru it and its a shortened season

  16. phlyerzpwnu - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Yeah because we all know the Cup is won in the regular season there freak…that’s why the Caps have so many! We are still the team that knocked you out…it’s okay to cry now.

    • ironman721 - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      That is true but last year was a long….. Long time ago. If you want to live in the past that is fine. But the Pens booted the flyers 2 out of the previous 3 playoffs. Including a trip to win the cup! Do everyone a favor and move along troll. And one more thing the Pens play one more game against Philly, good chance a Pens win in that game could wrap up the division and eliminate the Flyers from the playoffs. Think about that…..

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      Dude why would you go on to talk trash now while we’re teetering on the edge and the Pens are in the midst of an 8-game win streak? Not the right time.

      • ironman721 - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        Philly77, thank you. I normally don’t get involved with the 🚮talk. But seriously, who talks 🚮 when their team is 2 games under .500? Flyers can make the playoffs but only a troll would talk smack with with a losing record.

      • phlyerzpwnu - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM

        Closet Pens fan…?

      • live4hockey - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        You know it’s bad when you own fans tell you to shut up! LOL! Troll!

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        No, idiot, I despise the Pens with every ounce of my being. But I’m smart enough to know not to troll about the rivalry while we’re not even in a playoff spot and while no one remembers the last time the Pens lost. Just use common sense- we’re not good enough right now to talk trash on anyone.

  17. phlyerzpwnu - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Do you really want to look up the Flyers playoff record against the pens?? LOL! Keep living in the regular season Caps fan!

    • live4hockey - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      You are an idiot! The Flyers have nothing but finish at best in 2nd place since what? 1975? Please, take your mullet and get out of this thread! When you have a relevant hockey team and or some players that don’t cry like girls because someone pulled their hair, come back and talk to us!

      • phlyerzpwnu - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        Ouch…touche. i do hate Hartnell.

    • ironman721 - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      Keep living in last years playoffs because “your boys” have next to no chance of making it this year.

      • phlyerzpwnu - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        Ok..if you say so, i mean we are only 3 points out of the 8 seed and that’s all we would need. there is a reason people compare this pens team to the 09 Caps, so keep living in the regular season and enjoy the golf course after round one. perhaps just like us or maybe we will hold your tee time. either way, but one things for sure…no cup for you!

      • ironman721 - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        Well if the Pens play the rangers in the 1st round, I like the odds after today.

  18. csilojohnson - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Pens are playing solid hockey. Great to see TK get some points. He always brings it.
    They look a lot more focused. Not letting the game get away from them. I think Eaton was a great pick up. Not much flash, but he plays a responsible game. I hope they can keep it up when Geno gets back.
    Go Pens!

    • live4hockey - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      I am normally a big TK guy, but he has really struggled this year. Hopefully he will bring his usual playoff magic to the fold when it’s time. I sure hope we are not peaking too early. Would much prefer this streak to be towards the end of the season, but I guess I can’t complain when we are winning like this. We sure do miss Malkin on the PP though..it has been awful since he has been out. Anyone else notice how well 19 has played on the back check? Man, he is going to be a stud!

  19. malkinrulez - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    stakex check your facts , shutdown the leafs who have the 4th best offense and to call the bruins offensively challenged is funny! Truth is pens are playing well and your Flyers mailed it in this year

  20. joewilliesshnoz - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Pens are the real deal. The Flyers suck, too bad Philly fans have to live with that.

  21. toneal4721 - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    penquins going all the way this year if they stay healthy

  22. multiplemiggs - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    how does it feel to be behind the Isles rag fans?

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