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Penguins grind out Game 2 win, tie series with Rangers

May 4, 2014, 10:27 PM EST

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The Pittsburgh Penguins faced down an unsettling scenario of going down 0-2 at home against the New York Rangers and instead gutted out a 3-0 win in Game 2, tying the second-round series at 1-1 on Sunday.

For those breathlessly wondering: no, Sidney Crosby didn’t score his first goal of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, so have at it if you’re dying to linger on that “crisis.”

Luckily for the Penguins, Crosby isn’t the only star they can turn to. Evgeni Malkin (one goal, one assist) and Kris Letang (one goal and two assists) demonstrated that much quite emphatically on Sunday night. It’s also worth noting that Crosby made his presence felt even if he didn’t score; he fired six shots on goal and often gave fantastic Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh fits in Game 2.

Letang’s pretty pass ended up being the game-winning goal:

The more pressing slump revolves around the Rangers’ revolting power play. The Rangers went 0-for-4 on the man advantage for the second straight game, prompting inevitable “decline the power play” jokes. After connecting on three of 12 power-play opportunities in their first two games in a first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Rangers have now gone seven straight games without a power-play goal (0-for-25 in that span).

Marc-Andre Fleury grabbed his seventh career postseason shutout, breaking Tom Barrasso’s franchise mark for the Penguins. The Rangers didn’t force him to sweat all that much; he only needed to make 22 saves. Henrik Lundqvist often kept his team in the game in making 32 out of 34 stops, yet he faces down a loss.

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The Rangers must once again show some resiliency as Game 3 happens on Monday. Even with home-ice advantage at Madison Square Garden, they’re still the less-rested team.

Interestingly, the Flyers beat the Rangers in Philly in Game 6 on Tuesday before New York wrapped things up at home in Game 7 on Wednesday. This isn’t as huge of a back-to-back for the Blueshirts, yet it may still be deflating to go from being up 1-0 against the Penguins to down 2-1 in a matter of 48 hours.

On paper, the quick turnaround benefits the Penguins, but we’ll see which team will gain the 2-1 advantage tomorrow.

  1. killerpgh - May 4, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Solid game all around by the Pens. Win tomorrow night against a tired Rangers team and regain home ice advantage.

    • billiam55 - May 4, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      not tired. HUNGRY.

      • pittsburghmohawk - May 4, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        Fifth game in seven nights, tired.

  2. bilbono - May 4, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    I smell ECF/WCF rematches this year… perhaps a SCF rematch as well?

    • billiam55 - May 4, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      if that does happen, i also smell fleurys nervous farts from being pulled again

      • tk1966 - May 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        Congratulations to billiam55 for winning the highly coveted “Stupidest Comment of the Day” award. Thanks to the rest of you for your entries – better luck tomorrow.

    • chanceoffleury - May 4, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      As a Pens fan I can’t support this. Now the Pittsburgh-Chicago/Toews-Crosby SCF the NHL wanted last year is something I can get behind.

      In reality I’m not getting my hopes up for anything but the next game on the schedule, but if Montreal can beat Boston and the Pens start rolling I’m gonna start getting a lot more excited. An underestimated part of getting to the finals is getting the right match-ups. If they can avoid both the Flyers and Boston, it’s a colossal window of opportunity to make their move if there ever was one. I still think they can get there if Montreal loses, but they’d lose a lot of mental edge and home ice if they have to play Boston. But this is all only possible if they beat New York. They haven’t even led in the series yet, so the focus has gotta be zeroed in on Monday night. It’d be a huge statement to win back to back, and to do it at MSG and get home ice back is a great bonus as well.

  3. JoeAvg - May 4, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Hey I watched a hockey game tonight and the Pittsburgh Penguins showed up! Not only that, they stayed the entire 60 minutes! Been a while guys, good to see you again.

  4. joerevs300 - May 4, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    If not for Lundquist this could have been 5-0 easily.

    It is unsettling to me at least that we only led 1-0 deep into the 3rd period.

    A win is a win, we’ll take it. But the Pens are far from back in the driver’s seat.

    Crosby has got to score at some point. Right?

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 4, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Malkin and Martin made some very nice defensive plays tonight.

      • chanceoffleury - May 4, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        Two words: Kris. Letang.

        Dude was on point tonight.

  5. cheesesteak75 - May 4, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Crosby was a beast tonight! Yes, he didn’t score but he was a huge difference in the way the team played.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 5, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      Carcillo has more goals than Crosby. 13 games with no goals…beast mode for sure, fanboy.

      • Tyler - May 5, 2014 at 12:18 AM

        Fun facts:

        Sidney Crosby: 2013-14 season: 104 points
        Daniel Carcillo: 2006-14 season(s): 92 points

        Admittedly.. those are regular season numbers. So here are some playoff numbers:

        Sidney Crosby: 2013-14 playoffs: 6 points
        Daniel Carcillo: 2013-14 playoffs: 2 points

        #1975

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 5, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        Dan Carcillo still has more goals than Sidney Crosby.

        I’m familiar with 1975. You should be familiar with the number 2. The total amount of goals the Pens scored against the Bruins last year.

        Dan Carcillo still has more goals than Crosby.

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 12:49 AM

        what are you doing here chit eater

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 5, 2014 at 1:39 AM

        Trolling your stupid a$$

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 1:46 AM

        window licker.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 5, 2014 at 2:01 AM

        What are you 12? Isn’t it past your bedtime junior?

      • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 2:01 AM

        thats it?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 5, 2014 at 2:02 AM

        Oh I almost forgot. Carcillo has more goals than Crosby. Now, thats it.

      • cheesesteak75 - May 5, 2014 at 7:18 AM

        Broad street your IQ = 0.

      • har21441 - May 5, 2014 at 7:42 AM

        This is true. Other facts include:

        1. Carcillo finished round one of the playoffs with as many goals as Giroux.
        2. Carcillo and Crosby have each won the Cup.
        3. Giroux has not won any cups
        4. Next year will be the 40th anniversary of the Flyers last Cup victory
        5. broadstreetbeatdown has never seen his team lift the cup in his lifetime. Odds are he never will.

      • whammy71 - May 5, 2014 at 8:25 AM

        I love reading the “we’ll get ‘em next year!!” Flyer articles at this time of year. BroadStreetMeatBeater should be used to them at this time of year too.

  6. billiam55 - May 4, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    wat a horrible offensive performace by the rangers. fluery didnt have to make many saves. as for Lundqvist wat a beast trying to keep us in it. time to regroup tmrw night home sweet home.

  7. bmscalise - May 4, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    The Pens played as close to a perfect game as there is. Truly exceptional. Pretty much every guy in black was at their best tonight. And that includes Sid, who had at least 5 glorious chances. They came out tonight and played like they had simply decided nothing was going to stop them from winning. Hopefully, that attitude carries over. Consider: since the first period of game 1 – the Pens have outscored the NYR 5-1.

    • maalea - May 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      I’m rooting for the Pens in this series but damn dude, don’t break you arm patting them on the back.

      A perfect game? Sid had 5 glorious chances? hyperbole much?

      The Pens played a very good game, they had to, that’s as close to a “must win” game as there is. They need to do it again, tonight.

  8. mangoman1966 - May 4, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Pens have won 5 of 6 periods so far. Look like the better team. Should wrap it up in 6.

  9. thetigerleg - May 4, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    The Pens seem to bring out the best in an opponents goalie. Bobrovsky was a save machine until they finally wore him down in game six. Lundqvisk is already seems to be showing more than he did against the Flyers.

  10. hawksfan30 - May 5, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Dorsett definitely bumped Kunitz late, but Kunitz 100% took a dive on that play to give the Pens the late power play. I can’t have been the only one who thought that.

    • har21441 - May 5, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      Dive is a tough description. Maybe embellished as much as the Rags did on on the first three calls they got.

      • miketoasty - May 5, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        Reminded me of the first period when Carcillo basically gave himself whiplash when Niskanen gave him a punch to the upper chest. Gamesmanship works both ways.

    • hockey412 - May 5, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      After Carcillo’s acting job early in the first I’m surprised it didn’t start a trend right away from both teams.

      • maalea - May 5, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Carcillo has been doing that head whip for years. The refs know it and that’s why he got called for the rough minor later even though he took a shot to the side of the head.

        He makes the refs look bad and then they get even.

  11. durila1 - May 5, 2014 at 4:19 AM

    Carcillo left the flyers cause he got tired of watching Giroux blow hartnell in the locker before the games.

  12. stepanup - May 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Full marks to the Penguins. They were faster, and more aggressive the whole game. I haven’t seen Pittsburgh play that complete of a game this year. I’m just not sure they can do it again.

    Luckily it’s only one game, and the Rangers got the split they needed. Rangers need to find some energy, hopefully the fans at MSG help them out tonight.

  13. kastout11 - May 5, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    I don’t like, nor have I ever liked the Penguins, but they looked damn good last night. I don’t like the Rangers either, but my dislike for the Penguins is stronger then that of the Rangers. I think last night was a combination of the Rangers being tired and content with a split in Pittsburgh and the Penguins just steamrolling them and showing the rest of the NHL just how explosive they can be, and how really tough Columbus was and is going to be. I think things will change at MSG and we will see a different and more driven Rangers team. 6 games in 9 nights is crap, and if I were a Ranger, I would be pretty upset. I know the Rangers coach is not going to use fatigue as an excuse, but you cannot tell me that after that Philly series, these guys are not worn out.

    • c9castine - May 5, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      columbus is no joke.

      unfortunately, and i do not know this for fact, but im willing to bet that the schedule at MSG mostly has to do with why the schedule is the way it is.

      but lets be honest…AV made a good point. his goalie didnt look a bit tired last night. and its not like teams arent used to playing back to backs and such…

      they were beat by a much better team last night. lets see which Pens team shows up tonight..

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