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Rangers fall short to Penguins in 2-1 shootout loss

Apr 5, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

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Marc-Andre Fleury helped the Pittsburgh Penguins steal a point (or two?) on Friday night, stopping 34 out of 35 shots in a 2-1 shootout win against the New York Rangers. That intense game could be costly for both teams, though.

James Neal looked groggy and glassy eyed after a third period hit by Michael Del Zotto. Meanwhile, there’s a chance Henrik Lundqvist might have tweaked something while stopping an Evgeni Malkin shootout attempt.

(Lundqvist stayed in net and made more saves, but cameras caught him grimacing, opening up questions about a possible groin pull.)

The Rangers dominated large chunks of play, out-shooting the Penguins 35-27 overall (including 14-4 in a heated third period).

Fleury was game, though, and that makes things uncomfortable for Pittsburgh’s division rivals. The Rangers moved back ahead of the New York Islanders for seventh place with 40 points, but that extra point could have been handy in holding off the likes of the New Jersey Devils (39 points in 37 games played), Winnipeg Jets (38 points in 39 GP) and Philadelphia Flyers (37 points in 37 GP).

Things could really be interesting if these two would-be contenders meet in what few would have expected would be an opening round clash. The Rangers still have a way to go before they can guarantee a seventh or eighth seed, though.

  1. mordock57 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    What an absolutely intense hockey game. The playoffs came early for this one.

    Very chippy game… a lot of aggression, both before and after the whistle. (Rick Nash, BTW, is a cowardly bastard. If you’re going to slash a guy from the bench, have the guts not to then hide BEHIND your teammates after the fact. Lost any respect I had for him as a player.) Murray laid a MONSTER check on someone, as expected when he came to the Pens. Del Zotto got away with a pretty brutal elbow clip on Neal’s jaw. Honestly can’t say if it was intentional or not. I hope Neal is all right. :I

    Goalie play tonight was stellar, on both sides. Lundqvist was solid all night. Fleury robbed one with his glove… but the highlight by far was Fleury scooting out of the net on his back to keep the puck hidden. Probably the hardest I’ve ever laughed at a play.

    Oh… and if anyone still feels that the Pens shouldn’t have given up a conditional 6th/7th round pick for Jokinen AFTER he scored the Pens only regulation goal AND the ONLY shootout (game winning) goal… they should shut up now. He can stay. Really. :)

    Whew… what a game.

  2. steelcityfinest13 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Fleury= wow!

  3. tampabayirish - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    It was a great regular season hockey game to watch…thank you NHL Network. The Rangers probably deserved a better fate tonight. However, Fleury was the best player on the ice. A first round playoff series between these two teams would be epic. No one will admit it in Pittsburgh but the Penguins really, really have to hope the Rangers dont qualify for the playoffs and the Pens draw the Islanders, Devils or Jets in the first round. The physical Ranger forwards are a bit of a match up problem for the Pittsburgh defense. Of course the Pens will get some their injured guys back for the playoffs as well.

    • pdmjr - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      Dumbest fn comment ever

    • ironman721 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM


    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Yeah, god forbid the Pens have to get 3 of their top 4 minute eaters back to play the “dreaded” Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. It’s almost like 2 of those 3 players lead the entire NHL in their positional PPG scoring, too. That would just SUCK to have to play a team the Pens were 8-1 against since December 2011.

      Give me a break. I’ve said it before, but I actually don’t think there’s another team in the NHL I as a fan would rather see the Pens play in the first round. I think it’d be the team they’d be most likely to sweep or only take 5 games to finish off. The Pens beat the Rangers, the Rangers beat the Flyers, and the Flyers beat the Pens. The continuous circle of the Atlantic division.

    • barkar942 - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      Pittsburgh better pray that they don’t get the Islanders in the first round. Four and out!

      • drone501 - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        lol lol

  4. pdmjr - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Didn’t think it was a great game, yes a little more intense but both offenses were bad. Henrik looks like he may be out a while. DelZotto should be fined. I am sure he will. Outside of Nash NY doesn’t have much going for them

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      How was this not a great game? I dislike both teams but found it thoroughly enjoyable. Both offenses were bad because the goalies were absolutely lights out. Don’t know what you were watching.

  5. ironman721 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Both goaltenders were lights out. Good win! Let’s go Pens🐧❗

  6. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Yeaaaaaaaa…..some of the pen’s “injured guys” just happen to be the best player in the world, a norris trophy candidate, and their power play quarterback.

    The Ranger’s are a playoff team………… but to simply throw in “injured guys” at the end of your statement doesn’t really sum up what the penguins will have on their injured list right now.

  7. ironman721 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Hope Neal and Lundqvist are OK. Never want to see injuries!

  8. csilojohnson - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Yes dumbest comment ever. Glad to see people calling themselves out now a days.

  9. lockjaw87 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Who saw another franchise member get thick tonight? Jussi welcome to the winning side.

  10. stakex - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Hey, if on Monday you would have said the Ragners would get 3 of 4 points out of these two games… you might have been laughed at. So it was a good couple games for the Rangers. They were the better team for almost the entire two game. In fairness, the Pens were without some key players, but they are still a loaded team.

    Also, while Fleury did make some good saves, the Rangers have had a long standing habbit of making goalies look good this year, and that was no different tonight. The biggest issue they have is a lack of finish. They are getting chances, but the finish isn’t there… and it makes most of the goalies they play against look like stars.

    • mordock57 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Sorry, but Fleury made himself look good tonight, not the Rangers. That glove save in the third was nothing short of brilliant. Some of the pad saves were spectacular. The only goal he allowed was the one shot he never saw, off the faceoff. I obviously shouldn’t have to mention the perfect shutout, which he’s been top notch in for much longer than just this season. I’ll take Fleury in a shootout situation against virtually anyone in the league. There’s a good reason he leads the league in wins, despite the fact that he has a stellar backup.

      • mordock57 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        Shootout, rather than shutout. It was a shutout shootout. 😉

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        I’ve been praising Fleury too much tonight (it feels unnatural) but you’re spot on. I’ve said it several times on other pages, that glove save was jaw-dropping. It makes me wanna puke when I think about Bryz trying to go pipe to pipe like that. That would’ve been a goal 100 times out of 100 if Bryzgalov was in net. And the kick save on Zuccarello (I think that’s who it was) was larceny. As a Flyers fan I despise Fleury, but as a hockey fan I just have to say wow.

      • johnstone17 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        The Callahan pass to Stepan was off the charts. Fleury’s glove save on that play was unreal.

  11. jdrew506 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    I think James O’Brian has a hard on for the penguins. Last night the islanders and caps got charity points for overtime, tonight the penguins steal a point. Hey James at least be consistent. And for all those that wish the penguins to play the Islanders in the first round be careful what you wish for. Not saying its going to happen again however the penguins have never win a playoff series against the Islanders. I have said it before and I will say it again anything can happen in the playoffs.

  12. markeatonslits - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    fluery really showed those bloody rags whos boss tonight. such a thick member

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      Dude just give us one day off from your perpetual need to create new profiles and incessantly parade your affection for Penguins players junk on the internet. It’s beyond obnoxious, it’s disturbing. And you don’t even know how to spell your own goalies name. Were you repeatedly dropped on your head as a child? There’s gotta be some explanation for your addiction to trolling.

  13. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Murray looks better in Teal. I miss watching him throw his weight around.

  14. nashernation - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Nice road point for the blue shirts. The lines were real strong in the third period. Have to tip your hat to Fluery. He made a few amazing saves. Big two pints out there tonight boys!

  15. jaybyrd99 - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Great game . Disappointed in the rangers loss and garnering 1 point , but 3 out of 4 points in 2 games – i’ll take it. Fluery was awesome in goal for pitt last night and the rangers have played with more intensity the last 2 games than i’ve seen all season.

  16. drone501 - Apr 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    has anyone still seen brendon morrow?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      Last seen leaving your moms house

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      If you don’t understand what morrow brings to the table, and think he’s not out there contributing then you don’t know hockey. Pens fans like you make me mad. Just because a guy isn’t on the scoresheet, you don’t think he’s contributing.

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