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Rangers finally score, but Penguins win third straight

May 7, 2014, 10:09 PM EDT

After being shutout in the previous two games, New York’s goal scoring drought finally ended at 145:30 minutes, but the Rangers didn’t generate many other scoring chances and Pittsburgh still came ahead with a 4-2 victory.

The Penguins have elevated their game defensively in the second round. They held the Rangers to just 15 shots and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was decent when challenged. The Rangers’ first goal was scored by Carl Hagelin when he was able to blaze past the Penguins’ players without much resistance after Pittsburgh presented him with a clear path to the net.

The goal Fleury allowed to Mats Zuccarello at 13:07 of the third period was arguably one he should have stopped, but in both cases, the Rangers’ efforts to force themselves back into the contest proved to be moot.

Hagelin’s marker tied the game at 1-1, but later in the period, the Rangers’ ugly power-play unit reared its head again. Not only have they failed to score a goal with the man advantage for nine straight games, but Brandon Sutter gave the Penguins back the lead while Pittsburgh was shorthanded.

Zuccarello’s goal put the Rangers within one, but Chris Kunitz responded less than a minute later.

Pittsburgh now has a 3-1 series lead, which gives the team a chance to finish this series at home on Friday. That would give the Penguins a much needed breather before the Eastern Conference Final after the first four games of this series were played over the span of six days.

  1. Tyler - May 7, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Malkin was absolutely flying tonight. Without Lundqvist, the Pens probably have several more goals.

    The Rangers power play.. just wow.

    • stakex - May 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Just wow indeed. If it was even somewhat competent the series might be tied right now…. but it looks like the Rangers are taking random fans out of the stands and letting them run the power play. Simply intolerable for an NHL team to go 0-35 in the playoffs.

    • gnashty - May 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      The triangle that is the Rangers, Flyers, and Pens. Flyers can’t beat the Rangers who can’t beat the Pens who can’t beat the Flyers. Blah

      • gnashty - May 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        Oh yeah… Still a better love triangle than twilight

  2. stakex - May 7, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    For a game that was a real must win, the Rangers looked terrible. Some of that is the play of the Pens, and they do deserve a lot of credit for where the series is at, but the Rangers have made it easy for the Pens with horribly sloppy play for the last three games… and the fact that they have only scored 2 goals in the last three games is simply inexcusable.

    I don’t know where the Rangers go from here, but significant changes need to be made. This is an annual problem in the playoffs…. and its about time something was done about it.

    • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      i agree. pens have been pretty impressive and have shutdown the rangers completely. not many quality scoring chances and when there is fluery is making stops. the rangers scored 19 goals in the first round. its not like they made the playoffs and won the first round scoring 1.5 goals per game.

      that being said they are a part of this series too…they have been bad. they are getting beat on puck battles, throwing the puck into the penguins hands, the power play is bad and to make matters worse now the pens are scoring on THEM on the power play.

      only thing im worried about is a repeat of what happened last year, where the pens steamrolled ottawa into oblivion and ran into Boston and were clearly unprepared for an opponent that wasnt gonna just lube up and bend over for them. they had to actually buy them dinner, take them out on the town. show them a good time.

      problem is when they reached into their pockets for their wallet, they were dead broke.

      • steelpenbucs87 - May 8, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Completely agree – the parallels between last year and this year have me a little worried too. Face-off against a young, hungry, up and coming team in the first round who give us a little trouble, then follow that up with a much stronger series, only to run into Boston. Hopefully they can change the narrative this year of course.

        With that being said, I think one thing that would help them in a series against Boston (if the Pens win this series and if Boston were to win theirs – don’t want to count any chickens) is that this year they have played two tight-checking physical teams in the first two rounds. Boston represents more of that same style, so perhaps they would be a bit more prepared. Last year the Islanders and the Sens were more finesse teams who won with skill.

      • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        yeah thats true as bad as rangers are they are much tighter than ottawa and columbus in my opinion was better in all areas than the islanders were at the time by a mile.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      Like it or not, the Rangers are a poisoned from the top down organization like the Knicks, Mets, and Jets of that tri-state area. Until ownership changes, it really doesn’t matter what they do. Unknowledgeable owners who like to micro manage and enjoy having too much control. The fact that their franchises are consistently very profitable blinds them to the reasons why their teams are consistently unsuccessful.

      I remember an article a couple years ago that brought insight upon when Torts was trying to lead the team through a struggling time while Dolan was going on about how good their Cup chances were. The reality difference was summed up nicely and is quite relevant to problems with the bigger picture.

  3. joerevs300 - May 7, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    You can never say never (just ask San Jose up 3-0 against LA), but it sure looks like the Rangers are done. If the Pens stay committed on the defensive end, and given the putrid PP of the Rangers, it looks like the Pens in 5.

    Which *COUGH COUGH* shows what CBSSPORTS.COM knows, since Dennis Dodd had the Rangers winning. In FOUR GAMES.

  4. penguins2958 - May 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    rangers are better off without any powerplays

  5. johnstone17 - May 7, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Bottom Line: Penguins best players getting it done, while milk cartons with Rick Nash & Marty St. Louis’ pictures are being printed right now.

  6. ironmd778 - May 7, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Thankfully this boring snoozer of a series is almost over. Unfortunately one of the most unlikeable teams in history is going to win it.

    • handsofsweed - May 7, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Wrong article. This isn’t a Boston thread.

  7. steelcity333 - May 7, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Kunitz-Crosby-Malkin line looks absolutely unstoppable right now. Bylsma must keep that line together. The way Brandon Sutter is playing right now allows him to do that.

    • drunk4thliners - May 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Don’t forget the addition of Marcel Goc. Extremely valuable in the circle and as a solid bottom contributor. I’m thankful Dan was willing to make changes early enough to make the lines gel in the Columbus series. Last few years he was rigid, now he’s getting results.

  8. trbowman - May 7, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Rick Nash sucks.

  9. cheesesteak75 - May 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Who ride?!!!

  10. mess1109 - May 7, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Hey Sather, How’s that Callahan for St. Lousy trade looking now? This is what happens when u trade the heart of the team away for an old washed up bum. Now we have a team with no passion, nobody stands in front of the net, nobody hits, and nobody can score. Total joke. I can’t believe how bad St. Lousy really is, he’s just unwatchable… Worst trade ever.

    • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      really? you think callahan was going to make this better?

      is it too obvious to point out hes not even in the second round?

      • laxman1944 - May 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        Yep it is too obvious…..smart ass

      • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        you ok lax? need a tissue?

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 8, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      It was a good and bad trade. Callahan wasn’t going to resign for the price he was worth. Rather then let him become a UFA and get nothing, they got what they thought was a piece they needed. That was the sorta good part.

      The bad part was they gave up their captain, a 1st Rounder AND a conditional 2nd Rounder for a declining and possible Hall of Famer that will have to adjust to a very different offensive system. That was the real wtf moment.

      • mangoman1966 - May 8, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        Tampa robbed them blind. I thought it was a one for one trade. Did not know Tampa got the draft picks. What a dummy slats is.

      • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        the picks tip the scale but only because its very questionable that callahan resigns with tampa as his contract demands as reported are pretty ridiculous and tampa cant be handing out 6-7 mil to a 50 point player when they have young studs like palat and kucherov or johnson.

        hes a 2nd line right winger. cant be your marquee RW. 4 mill max.

        chris kunitz gets paid 3.85 mil. he just signed that contract last summer. i realize hes taking a nice “hometown discount” but its hard to justify anything north of 4 million when you see that, as well as contracts like the ones kane and toews are on isnt too far off what he is asking.

    • xdj511 - May 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      I was thinking that too last night, what if the Cally for St. Louis trade never happened? St. Louis was productive against the Flyers but he has been absolutely awful this series. If Cally was there he’d be able to give the Rangers a lot of what they are lacking right now, such as a presence in front of the net and leadership which is sorely missing. It is disheartening that nobody has stepped up to fill that role.

  11. trbowman - May 7, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I hate to toot my own horn here….

    Actually that’s BS, it’s one of my favorite things to do. I said things would be much more interesting if it were Flyers/Penguins – not just because it’s a rivalry, but it’d of been more competitive. That series would be destined for a game seven. The Rangers are the East team that beats up the teams below it but can never hang with the big boys like Boston and Pittsburgh.

    • stakex - May 7, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      Since we can’t actually see what a Flyers/Pens series would have looked like, you really can’t toot your own horn because we have no idea if you are right. Its just as likely that the Flyers defense, which struggled against a weak Rangers offense, would have been destroyed by a much better Pens offense and the series could have been a 4-0 Pens blowout.

      • trbowman - May 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        Difference is the Flyers can actually score. They couldn’t keep pucks out of their net in the 2012 series against the Penguins either, but simply torched Fleury to win. I think we’d of seen a pretty similar series to the one in 2012 where it’s just a shooting gallery between both teams. At the least, it’d provide more entertainment than this snoozefest.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 7, 2014 at 10:47 PM

        4-0 just like last time right. Take it easy bud. The Flyers have owned the Pens for the past several years. The only factual statement you made was we have no idea what the series would look like. This was more about match-ups than anything and the Flyers matched up horribly against the Rags and have for quite some time now.

      • sorroundedbyidiots - May 7, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        The flyers aren’t even relevant anymore.

      • pittsburghmohawk - May 7, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        Flyer fans, playing “What If” since 1975.

      • steelcity333 - May 8, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        I love how Flyer fans claim that they own the Penguins when in fact the series is about even over the last couple years.

    • cheesesteak75 - May 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      The Pens deserve a lot of credit. They are playing great hockey and have seem to hit their stride right now. Yes, the Flyers might have given them a better series, but right now the Pens are making themselves look really good regardless of who they are playing.

    • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      that doesnt make any sense.

      the rangers beat the flyers.

  12. penguins87and71 - May 7, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Love the way the Penguins are playing right now. Defense is playing really solid, and forwards are coming to help out the defensemen when they do get into trouble. Fleury has been really sharp, either then the last goal, and Crosby and Malkin are starting to get going. I also like the way how the Penguins are keeping their cool, and not taking those retaliatory penalties, like in the past.

  13. bsfan77 - May 7, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    I can’t believe the Rangers gave it away 25 times. They look down on the bench and Pitt is all over them. Rangers need to stop St. Louis to stop passing it across the O zone. Every time it is a giveaway. They just look as if they have rolled over.

  14. theageofquarrel - May 7, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    What exactly is Hank the “King” of?

    • sorroundedbyidiots - May 7, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      The hill?

      • tuberippin - May 8, 2014 at 5:36 AM

        Propane and propane accessories…

        …and he’s the only one on the team who isn’t getting torched

    • dirt2013 - May 8, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      Hank is the reason the Pens have 11 goals instead of 20 something.He is the one Ranger that has showed up and is getting hung out to dry by the rest of the team.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 8, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        Henry has also let in some soft ones in this series. Last night specifically, the Pens 1st and 3rd goal were very soft.

      • dirt2013 - May 8, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        I agree and if you saw his interview after the game you could see the frustration.Any goalie left hung out to dry will crack somewhere along the line.

    • 7mantel - May 14, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      HE REIGNS OVER THE PENS !!!!!

  15. bobhpine - May 7, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Where is the broad (streetbully) guy? I don’t know, he seems to type a lot of words except when the Pens win. He also types a lot of words when the Flyers lose, which is quite often, but that’s normally to tout all those division titles from 90’s that the Flyers have. Also, awesome achievement. He likes non Stanley cup things because…he has to like non Stanley cup things. Awesome 1975. Awesome Mom’s wifi.

    • cheesesteak75 - May 7, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Are you talking about “broadstreetmeltdown”.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        Cool to see you’re more obsessed with trolling me than praising the Pens. I appreciate your man crush on me but I don’t roll that way dog.

      • cheesesteak75 - May 7, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        1975. That’s the way you roll!

      • theageofquarrel - May 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        Cheesesteak roll

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 7, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        2 goals 2013 and Dan Carcillo still has more goals than Crosby.

      • pittsburghmohawk - May 7, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        And yet Carcillo is one loss away from his first tee time and Crosby is one win away from moving on to the ECF. You have zero hockey knowledge if you think that one simple stat has defined the way Crosby has played in this series.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Sorry Piney Bob I was too busy giving your mother a Cleveland Steamer to respond in a timely manner. You know mom’s wifi and all.

      • President Charles Logan - May 8, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        LOL

      • President Charles Logan - May 8, 2014 at 1:01 AM

        broad , bob gets the better of you usually but that was kinda funny lol

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 8, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        If by better of me you mean his incessant posting of 1975 than yes, he does. You can get more witty comments by rubbing two sticks together than what comes from Piney.

        At least you make me laugh Chucky, even when you’re trolling Flyers threads.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 8, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      Piney, please tell us again how Disco Dan and Dupuis brought the cup to your house and gave you a Rusty Trombone to go along with it. Thats the best story ever. Viva la 1975.

      • laxman1944 - May 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        LOL…..That was too funny……

        Come please regal us with your twisted tales again.

    • laxman1944 - May 8, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      Hey “Piney” UNTIL Pitt actually raises a cup why don’t you stick your head up your arse and blow.

      Seriously…..please. The only time you comment is to roast The Flyers and discuss the short comings of one of the Great cities of my beautiful country.

      You sir are a pig.

  16. penszone757 - May 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    I know everyone gets on Nash and rightfully so but St. Louis is just god awful. Did all of that complaining and crying and now is playing absolutely ridiculous. The biggest difference in this series is that the Rangers have no dominant centers and the Penguins do. There depth at the center position is definitely a problem.

    • c9castine - May 8, 2014 at 2:16 AM

      yep. their lack of a big time center or any kind of shutdown forward were the reasons i cited for the pens beating the rangers this series.

      columbus presented a tougher challenge because they had johansen and dubinsky playing great hockey.

  17. joey4id - May 7, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    A very ugly game by a bunch of tired blue shirts. McDonagh quit on the short handed goal scored by Sutter. Costly turnovers and terrible decisions made overall.

    Cheap bump by Kreider sending Letang into the goal post reminded me of the bump on Stamkos from Hamilton that sent 91 into the goal post when he broke his leg.

    Good game by Lundqvist. The Pens are different and better team when 14 87 71 play on the same line. 71 has been by far the best RW to play on this line, and he brings out the best of Crosby. Don’t break them up. It gives the Pens the killer instinct you need.

    No doubt the rough schedule the Rangers have had to deal with is affecting them. They looked extremely lethargic tonight. The 7 game series vs the Flyers worsened the situation for them.

    • President Charles Logan - May 8, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      joey shut up .. get lost

      • laxman1944 - May 8, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        Why?

        Is he not allowed to say his piece??

        What happened to freedom of speech…..Mr. President??

      • President Charles Logan - May 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        no, actually he’s not, but that wont stop him.

      • jimeejohnson - May 8, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        You mad, Mr. President, I mean LOSER!

      • President Charles Logan - May 8, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        awww another screen name joey joe?

      • jimeejohnson - May 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Ha Ha: you are no Sherlock Holmes. More like…Joe Dirt!

      • President Charles Logan - May 8, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        how many profiles you got joey?

  18. bbmadface - May 8, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    0 for 35 on the power play is inexcusable. The rangers are turning the puck over way too much. Tired or not, they aren’t matching up very well. Now they have to win again in Pittsburgh to stay alive. Good luck

  19. laxman1944 - May 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    O’fer

    On the power play is stunning and Sid finally waking up has been a monster and the rest of the team has followed suit.

    Be shocked if Pitt doesn’t wrap it up Friday.

  20. jimeejohnson - May 8, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Yo, Elmer: New Yawk!

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