Penguins Tripped Up By Rangers

After playing two games in which they outscored their opponents 14-4, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost 5-2 on Tuesday night to the New York Rangers.  Penguins’ goaltender Ty Conklin gave up 5 goals on 30 shots and fell short of the performance he has routinely provided for the Penguins this season.  The red hot line of Evgeni Malkin, Petr Sykora and Ryan Malone also failed to record a point after putting up a combined 14-points in just the last 2-games.  The loss prevented the Penguins from re-taking the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference lead from the idle New Jersey Devils. 

In the 1st period, the Rangers outshot the Penguins and established a 2-0 lead on goals by Sean Avery and Ryan Callahan just 40-seconds apart.  At 11:07, Sean Avery scored his 14th goal of the season to open the scoring.  Jaromir Jagr and Michal Rozsival got the assists on the play.  Then at 11:47, Ryan Callahan beat Ty Conklin to make it 2-0.  Chris Drury and Martin Straka were credited with the assists.  The Penguins were outshot 12-8 in the first and failed to convert on the lone power play advantage of the period.

In the 2nd period, it looked as if the Penguins might rejoin the game after they scored 2 early goals to tie the game 2-2.  At 1:38, Jarkko Ruutu picked up his 3rd goal of the season as he beat Henik Lundqvist with a backhander.  Ryan Whitney and Darryl Sydor were credited with the assists.  Then at 3:11, Jordan Staal wristed a goal past Lundqvist to tie it up.  Newcomers Pascal Dupuis and Marian Hossa assisted on the tally.  But a little less than a minute later, the Rangers regained the lead on an unassisted wrister by Fredrik Sjostrom.  The Penguins outshot the Rangers 11-9 in the 2nd, despite being short-handed 2-times as Dupuis (hooking) and Staal (tripping) each sat for 2-minutes. 

In the final frame, the Rangers added 2-more goals to put the game out of reach for the Penguins.  At 5:37, Sean Avery scored his 3nd goal of the night to make it 4-2 on a feed from Daniel Girardi and Brandon Dubinsky.  Then at 11:29, Martin Straka collected his 14th of the season on a feed from Chris Drury.  The Rangers outshot the Penguins 9-5 in the 3rd as neither team was given a man-advantage. 

The Penguins return home to host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday evening before hosting the New Jersey Devils on Saturday in a continuing battle for the Eastern Conference title. 

 

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