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Discuss: New guys boost Rangers over Penguins

Apr 3, 2013, 10:23 PM EST

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The New York Rangers, fresh off a busy NHL trade deadline day, looked invigorated. The Pittsburgh Penguins, minus Sidney Crosby, looked flat once again.

The Rangers, who dealt Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier in the day, jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead and never looked back, winning by a final score of 6-1 over the Penguins.

  • Ryane Clowe, acquired Tuesday in a trade with the San Jose Sharks, scored his first goal of the season. Note that he hadn’t scored in 28 games with the Sharks this season. First game in The Big Apple and he lights the lamp. And then he scored again. Two goals in one night? Canucks missing out.
  • Derick Brassard, who came over from Columbus in the Gaborik trade, had a goal and three assists. Again, not a bad debut. In keeping with this theme, John Moore, another of the former Columbus crew in the Gaborik trade, also scored – his first of the season.
  • Not to be outdone, goalie Henrik Lundqvist passes Ed Gicomin into sole possession of second place on the Rangers’ all-time wins list with 268, as per the Rangers Twitter account.
  • So, that’s two games without Crosby for the Penguins and they’re 0-2 in that time, having been outscored 10-2. This after a 15-game winning streak and blockbuster trades, including the acquisition of Jarome Iginla.
  • The Penguins believed they lacked the necessary effort on Tuesday in a loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Wonder what they’ll think of tonight’s performance?
  1. mgp1219 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Looks like Pittsburgh is missing its binky.

  2. broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Uh hello Penguins what are you a one trick pony? Lets get it together. For once in my life I’m rooting for the Pens to win. We’re doing what we have to do, how about a little help so we can have another epic first round.

    • drone501 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      we’ll be there and i hope the flyers are to. i live for this, although the injured have to get well and the flyers have 4 teams to leapfrog. don’t envy them. by the way has anyone heard from brenden morrison?

    • dmfc1112 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      Are you sure you want the Flyers to make the playoffs? It’s hard to root against your own team but is winning 1 round better than having a chance to draft in the top 3, possibly #1?? It’s a tough call,imo, since I think they have zero chance of winning the cup this season. The future is bright but I’m torn at the moment.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Fire Doug Wilson.

    Good for Clowe. Nothing but the best of luck to him! He played great tonight.

  4. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    The new guys only did so well because they haven’t learned Torts’ system yet. Once they do, they’ll understand that’s just not the NY way…

    …just kidding NY. Great game…hopefully a classic case of a team that has everything to fight for vs. a team with nothing to fight for. Either way – great game by NYR.

  5. whammy71 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Getting in here quick – cause the Cryer fans were all worried about me last night cause I didn’t post after the Pens loss. I’m flattered by your concern.

    Another egg! That’s 2….1 more and you have an omelet. Streak got to them – they have players hurt – new guys in – Geno floating around thinking he is still in the KHL. That’s OK – we dominated for a long time and have a cushion.

    One good thing is that the Cryers didn’t gain ground on the Rags.

    Tip of the hat to the Cryers….they pulled a Pens move and piled on a bunch of goals late to beat the Habs. You helped us – we didn’t help you!

    • pepper2011 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      D-fence!

      One and done.

      Again.

      WHAMMY!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Sounds like someones making excuses for his team getting blown out in two straight games. Didn’t you just criticize Flyers fans for complaining about injuries? Practice what you preach whammy. But hypocrisy seems to fit you well.

      • whammy71 - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:12 AM

        Ya know what Phalic Symbol – you’re 100% right….injuries are no excuse. Pros are pros – and the standard is the standard. I just wanted to put myself in your shoes for once and act like a douchy Cryer fan.

        Parade is still on. Don’t forget to call for your April 29th tee time. I’m sure Gayrioux and his band of misfit gingers have theirs.

      • ml3939 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        What a lame retort.

  6. steelers88 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    The Penguins are missing Crosby. When you lose the NHL MVP it’s obviously going to hurt.

    • mgp1219 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      That’s deep.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      the NHL MVP is currently Malkin. No excuses, they were outplayed. In my opinion, of course.

    • stakex - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Crosby being out didn’t cause them to give up six goals… there terrible defensive play, and an iffy goaltender did that.

      • killerpgh - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        That defense is also missing Martin and Letang. Both of those players average over 25 minutes per game. But either way the whole team sucked.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        Fleury stole at least 2, maybe 3, goals from the Rangers I can think of off the top of my head. When he’s the only one playing defense on the PK, how much can you really ask out of the guy? Defense left him out high and dry tonight. Not his best game, but that game coulda ended a lot worse.

      • crashtheboards55 - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:39 AM

        Iffy goalie????? Did you see the lack of defense in front of him? There was communication at all from anyone. No back-checking no forechecking an sure as hell no hockey was played by the Pens. The Rangers whipped their A$$. I don’t mind losing but that laziness and complete lack of focus was horrible. Still waiting for the so called Malkin beast mode to show up.

  7. whammy71 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Oh, BTW – still planning the parade….whammy!

    • drone501 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      whammys back

      • whammy71 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        this is the kinder gentler Whammy. Filthy fans aren’t spewing vomit out of their mouths right now – so I have no desire to go tit-for-tat.

        i honestly only joined this site cause I read garbage from the Cryer fans all season and then it went over the top when the Beantown Bozos made like Cryer fans and cried about getting the shaft from Iggy.

        anyone from outside of PGH seriously know why I say whammy? get it right and I may send you a dollar.

      • handsofsweed - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        I know!!! It’s because you’re a numbnuts douchebag, devoid of any rational sense. Now use the dollar you owe me as a part of the down payment on a real personality. And stop rooting for the Pens. We all hate you and don’t want anything to do with you.

      • whammy71 - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:08 AM

        HandsOfWeed – way to name yourself after one of the biggest draft busts in recent Steeler history. Your IQ is probably lower than Limas’s…….whammy!!!

    • pens5829 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      What’s your team’s record?

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:29 AM

      Dude. Give up the whammy BS already. It doesn’t work for Mark Madden and it sure as hell doesn’t work for you.

  8. blackfoot11 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Where has the improved Pens defense been the past few games?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Letang’s out – groin. Martin’s out – wrist. Not an excuse, but those are two of the top 4.

  9. ironcitydonnieiris - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Get the losses after the Herculian winning streak out of the way now. Playoffs coming up. Losses now, wins later. Lord Stanley, Lord Stanley. Bring me the Brandy.

  10. ironman721 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Well that sucked!

  11. nashernation - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Clowe is that big man we have been missing to hit the net since the Prust departure. Broussard is a young player with upside. Sather needs some praise for these moves. It’s only one game but you could see the aggressive style from the start. Keep it going boys!

    • stakex - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      I think the fire in the new players was big. If there is one thing the Rangers, and especially Gaborik, have lacked at times this year its fire. Only one game indeed, and things could be completely different on Friday… but if the Rangers play like this from here on out, they will be dangerous.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      Both of those players looked awesome last night – as did Nash, but damn that guy always looks awesome. It’s so odd that NY trades their so called ‘scorer’ and brings in a bruiser with no goals, expecting that to help the scoring…and it WORKS. hahaha…great game by NY, horrible game by Pens – Friday should be a WHOLE other beast!

      I hope.

  12. stakex - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    I’ll reserve judgement of how good all these new guys actually are until they get a few more games in… but the three of them scored more goals tonight as as a group then Gaborik has in almost two months. Seems promising.

    As for the Pens, this is two games in a row in which they have looked awful. Its one thing to have a let down after a streak ends… but its another to just not show up. Too early to panic if you are a Pens fan, but don’t go betting on the Pens to win the cup just yet since they just gave up six goals to the lowest scoring team in the league. That kind of defense is good for one thing: Getting you on the golf course as soon as possible.

  13. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    I’m starting to think that maybe it’s not the playoffs, but *April* that shakes up the Pens. Rangers controlled the entire game from the first drop of the puck. Pens were just dragging ass and looked like someone told them grandma died. Tried to make up for slow, lackluster play by taking terrible, stupid penalties that kept costing them. Is Letang ready yet?

    P.S. Where is James Neal????? Despite a goal the other day he has been such a nonfactor for almost a month now. Starting to scare me a little bit.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      Neals disappearance couldn’t have anything to do with Malkins injury and #71 being a nonfactor since his return, could it?

      • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        No doubt Geno’s absence didn’t help. But he was totally fine when Malkin went out earlier this year with the concussion. Didn’t get cold at all in fact. Besides, he’s sucked on the powerplay where he was playing with Martin, Crosby, and Kunitz, too. He is supposed to be one of the best (and was THE best, last year) power play goal scorers in the league. He’s had 1 goal overall in his last 12 games.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        To be honest I don’t think it had much to do with the departure. I think #71 was somewhat of a nonfactor all season. If you look at Neals goals, most were on the PP – not 5 on 5. Not assigning blame to Malkin, but he’s done this a number of times in the past. He’s either MVP or….who knows…trying too hard I think. He’s tried to recreate that great coast to coast goal he had last year on almost every shift, and really isn’t playing a team game right now. He does the same in the play-offs (tries to hard). IMO, same thing that happened to Giroux this year.

        I’d also put it out there that since April started Neal has switched sides, Iginila didn’t feel comfortable on the right. Neither does Neal, neither did Ovi. I’d put money on the fact that this ‘slump’ is healthy for the Pens right now.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Neal is one of those players that needs a playmaker as a Center. A good one. He is normally ready if you can find him. Malkin’s injury didn’t help, but I don’t think you’d be asking that if he was consistently on Crosby’s line while Malkin was out.

      Right now they have switched him to right wing – so expect some growing pains – he just needs to be ok for the playoffs.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Neal played all of last year on Malkin’s right wing. He’s listed as a LW on the penguins website, but since he started playing on Geno’s line he has almost always played on his off-wing.

  14. colby7 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Everyone still calling me crazy for saying Shero destroyed his team chemistry? Guys in the dressing room want to know they are all in, but they dont want to lose icetime and roster spots…

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      You’re right. It’s almost like 3 of their top 4 minute eaters went out with huge injuries or something. What a waste that Shero is!

    • colby7 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Penguins have been dealing with injuries all year, including during the 15 game win streak. (No Malkin or Letang) The “old” penguins never would of dropped two games this badly and blamed injuries.

      Chicago loses Hossa for a few weeks and did they replace him? Nope, younger players steped up and they kept winning.

      You guys really think Shero has re-invented the wheel by trading draft picks for players? He’s given up all of his good picks in a super deep draft.

      • cheesesteak75 - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:01 AM

        Right Shero. Sucks!

  15. bruinz99 - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Ever since the Pens picked up Iginla, they’ve been going down in flames. Sorry. The play on words was hard to resist.

  16. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    How you guys like Clowe now? Just wait till he records a few Gordie Howe hat tricks. Sharks should of found a way to keep him and resign him. Now we have Torres. Yippee. Can we trade Wilson.

  17. tampabayirish - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Watched the entire game tonight. (Thank God I didn’t turn on the Yankee implosion). I thought the NBC Sports Network gave us a good broadcast. It’s hard not to be impressed by the “new” Rangers and their effect on the “old” Rangers. Last night (tuesday night), Keith Jones said the Clowe deal would enhance the Rangers offense. Was he ever right. But it’s only 1 game. Friday night’s Pens-Rangers game in pitt should be very interesting.

  18. LampyB - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Pens chemistry is gone. Added way too many players to lines that already clicked. Why try to fix what isn’t broken? The acquisitions had to affect player mentalities…

  19. jaredo10 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    was @ that game. clowe and brassard looking great out there. esp brassard young and very talented hopefully they go streaking and make a big push

  20. dutchman1350 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Torts hasn’t had the time to yell at Brassard. The first time that happens, he will go into a shell lime he did with Hitch, and Arniel. I Like Brass, but Torts may destroy him.

  21. Stiller43 - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Hockeywithdrawal,

    Genos the mvp so far? Hes not even in the debate this season. Hell, two pens alone have been more valuable

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      I agree Stiller, completely.

      My point was only that “MVP” is an award given AFTER the year is over – it is that way for a reason. You can’t say Crosby is the MVP…yet. He may very well end up being that – but right now, the MVP is last year’s – that was Malkin. Deeper point – no awards, no titles, no cups are given out mid-season…it’s AFTER the season that they are given out, for good reason.

      Last night, the MVP was Clowe. The Pens better rip it off of him come Friday.

  22. 950003cups - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    I hate when the rangers win.

  23. nicknyhc - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    The Penguins need to stop having meltdowns every time they fall behind in a game. I’m trying to be as unbiased as a hockey fan can be. Every team gets frustrated and a little scrappy when they’re losing, but the Pens seem to shoot themselves in the foot when things aren’t going their way.

    Rangers played a good game but I’m skeptical of the new guys. Still not convinced giving up Gaborik was a great idea. Hopefully Staal comes back for the playoffs.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      That was a completely unbiased comment, and for once I agree. I think that’s why the brought in the added ‘mentorship’. We’ll see if it works once the dust settles…I think it will end up helping.

      • nicknyhc - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        A team of that caliber shouldn’t have let a bum like Patrick Kaletta get in their heads the other night. They also shouldn’t have lost their heads after the Rangers scored 3 goals.

  24. johnstone17 - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    Rangers played with a big time edge to their game. Went to the front of the net & won alot of battles along the boards. A nice win that they need to build on.

  25. blockedshotnyr - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    #worsttradeever – right, James O’Brien?

  26. banger60 - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Banging the boards, following thru with your checks, it’s about time, Callahan said they want player’s who want to win, only one person he was talking about, had to be Gaborik.

    • jaredo10 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      I dont think Gabriok not wanting to win was the problem. The problem was he hated Tortz and that deff was noticed yesterday when he waived his no trade to get out of here ASAP

  27. banger60 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I was just going by Callahans comments, your point taken, we’ ll probably never know.

  28. potvinsux - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    “Not to be outdone, goalie Henrik Lundqvist passes Ed Gicomin into sole possession of second place on the Rangers’ all-time wins list with 268, as per the Rangers Twitter account.” – Cam Tucker

    Come on Cam. You’re the PHT guy, right? Learn how to spell Giacomin. It’s not like he’s a Hall of Famer or his number is retired or anything….

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