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Rangers’ Staal delights in Penguins’ frustration

May 11, 2014, 11:09 PM EDT

Marc Staal indicated that the New York Rangers are glad if they’re indeed under the Pittsburgh Penguins’ skin – if not in their heads – after beating them 3-1 in Game 6 on Sunday.

“Yeah they’re getting chippy,” Staal said, according to Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record. “It’s a good thing. If they weren’t getting like that we’d be doing something wrong.”

Brian Boyle praised Dominic Moore‘s ability to get under his opponents’ skin after the win (Moore was the target of Sidney Crosby‘s stick infraction at the end of the second period).

The Rangers seem to be taking this angle with stride. While Staal seems delighted and Boyle is choosing the lighthearted approach, Henrik Lundqvist just avoided the subject entirely after being asked about spraying Crosby with his water bottle during that exchange at the end of the middle frame.

Watch the whole wild scene for yourself in the video below:

So far, a frustrating Crosby and Penguins team in general has been a good thing for the Rangers. We’ll see if that trend continues in Game 7 on Tuesday.

  1. hockeyflow33 - May 11, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Remember yesterday when squirting water was borderline tortuous? Please tell me you didn’t laugh while watching this.

  2. paulerhythm - May 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    I’m impressed with the NYR ability to come back, down 3-1, losing 2 games at home, to tie this up. Now it comes down to the 7th game. It comes down to Lunqvist versus Fleury. Gonna be a great game, I tell ya!

    • pleasefiredan - May 12, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      Not really. When Lunqvist has no one in front of his net and is seeing every shot from the fourth line and Fleury has 5-6 guys in front of him and top guys actually performing. It’s also nice when our top guys refuse to shoot the puck. Crosbys first power play shot yesterday was embarrassing. Wish they gave us points for passing back and forth or making blind passes.

  3. sjsharks66 - May 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Lundqvist should just man up and admit it. Dumping his water on a player who is on the ice is not “what he does after every period.” Other then that, it’s just childish like Thorntons water antics. Nothing to see here really. This is the playoffs, it’s what we all secretly look forward to every year.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 12, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      You forgot about Perry. All three were funny IMHO.

    • billiam55 - May 12, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      how bout those sharks? oh wait………………

    • 7mantel - May 12, 2014 at 6:48 AM

      Dumping his water on a player who is on the ice is not “what he does after every period.” You know this as fact or is it something you pulled out of your ……. ?

      • Hockeyfan - May 12, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Read the article again……..

      • 7mantel - May 12, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        sjsharks said Lundqvist doesn’t squirt his water bottle after each period and I questioned it, What did I miss in the article ?

    • hockeygal19 - May 12, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      Like Crosby manned-up about spearing Dominic Moore? At least Lundqvist did it with a wink and a smile. Crosby just played dumb and came up even dumber.

      • moarjam - May 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        Are we honestly debating whether its worse to pour water on someone or spear someone in the nuts?

  4. blomfeld - May 12, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    TAKE ‘THAT’ CROSBY !!! :) :) :)

  5. kastout11 - May 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    This is the 3rd year in a row that the Penguins melted down in the playoffs. Although Boston was the better team, Pittsburgh melted down last year, then in 2012 to Philly and now to New York. I dislike all the teams in the Metropolitan Division, but I have a hatred for the Penguins. Five years ago, it was unheard of for a Flyers fan to hate any team more than the Rangers, but things have changed, and it is all because of Crosby (even though I admit that he is without a doubt, the best player in the world). Although he doesn’t do it as much as he used to, but it started with his whinning.

    • lilgurgi - May 12, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      You hit it on the head. Physical teams can easily throw the Pens off their game if they stick to the game plan. It has been proven that even though the Pens are an extremely talented team, they will break down mentally and start doing chippy/nonsense penalties after the play when they get frustrated. It’s why the Flyers have their number it seems. The fact that other teams are using it against the Pens with positive returns is just proof.

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