Penguins Blanked By Rangers

The Pittsburgh Penguins played an uninspired 40-minutes of hockey and were unable to recover in the final 20-minutes as they were shutout by Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, by a score of 4-0.  The Penguins, who were missing Ryan Malone due to the flu, played as if most of the team was down with the flu…and perhaps they were.  The Penguins were unable to generate an ounce of offense through the first 2-periods, posting just 3-shots in the 1st and 2-shots in the 2nd period.  In the 3rd, they showed some life as they outshot the Rangers 13-10, but it was too little too late.

The Rangers picked up 2-goals at even strength, and 2 on the power play to walk away with the victory.  Scott Gomez scored twice, an even strength tally at 1:12 of the 1st from Straka and Jagr and a power-play goal in the 2nd from Drury and Rozsival while Adam Hall sat for tripping.  Martin Straka scored at even strength in the second from Staal and Rozsival.  Chris Drury netted the final goal in the 3rd on the power play from Rozsival and Shanahan with Colby Armstrong and Petr Sykora (for Tyler Kennedy) both in the box.  Kennedy took a boarding call and a 10-minute misconduct on a hit to Ryan Hollweg, who also got a 10-minute misconduct for extra curricular activity after the whistle. 

Henrik Lundqvist was in net for the Rangers after sitting out a game with the flu.  Lundqvist had an easy return to the ice, facing only 18 shots on net, almost all of which came in the 3rd period.  It was the lowest shot total of the season for the Penguins who posted a 3-2 win over the Islanders on Saturday night with 40-shots on net.  For Lundqvist, it was his league leading 6th shutout of the season and 13th of his NHL career.  Dany Sabourin made 27 saves for the Penguins.

The Penguins were 0 for 3 on the power play, and gave up 2 of 5 on the penalty kill.  The Penguins had a couple of good scoring chances, but Lundqvist shut the door to remain perfect in net.  Sidney Crosby was held without a point for the 6th time this season, and 4th time in the last 6-games.  He has only managed just 1-goal in in the last 9-games, leading some to speculate that he may be playing through an unspecified injury. 

The Penguins travel to Boston to take on the Bruins on Thursday night.  

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