Yes, Sid the Kid graced us with his presence and Marc Staal and Colton Orr showed him to his seat. If you’re looking for analysis of the game as a whole, Jen C. over at Rangerland.net described it best.
Every time two good teams get together, no one team dominates. One might dominate for a period of time and the other will dominate for other times during the course of the game. And there will be times that the game is even.
And I think we saw that for the most part Wednesday night. The Penguins had their moments of dominating play, and the Rangers had theirs. It was a back-and-forth game, and I thought overall it was a good game.
That is exactly how that game played out. The Rangers, of course, came tumbling out of the gate (as they have been doing for a while now) and didn’t show anything good until early in the second. Even when the Penguins went up by 2, the Rangers came roaring back and scored just 1:21 later to keep them in it. And tied it late in the third to force OT.
Whether or not the Penguins sat back on their lead and let up on offense, the Rangers didn’t quit and that has been a common theme throughout the season. In previous seasons, if the Rangers were trailing heading into the third period, it would seem as if they just gave up on the game. This season, I actually have confidence that they can claw themselves out of the hole and dominate late in the games.
- It was amazing how well Colton Orr distracted Sidney Crosby from playing his game. Crosby was so worked up at one point that after getting hit by Orr along the boards in the first period, he grabbed Orr’s jersey with no penalty called there (surprise, surprise) and yapped at him until Orpik came and got called for two penalties against Orr. Crosby and Michel Therrien were even yelling at Orr from the bench until Don “Have Another Doughnut” Koharski settled them down.
- Orr did so much last night but only had 4:56 of icetime? That can’t be right.
- Dmitri Kalinin should be embarrassed at how easily Sidney Crosby took the puck from him right before the Penguins first goal. Crosby gave Kalinin no respect and frankly, why should he? Crosby knew how easy it would be to overpower Kalinin and it paid off.
- In a combined 46:12 of icetime, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were held to 1 assist and 5 shots on goal.
- Petr Prucha looked like he was everywhere on the ice with only 13:10 of icetime. He came through in a big way by burrying that bounce off the boards. That was a typical Petr Prucha goal. Now put him on the PP to clean up the rebounds from Drury’s shots.
- Oh yeah. I liked having Drury at the point during the power play in the second period. He was ripping shots like there was no tomorrow.
- I’m glad the refs decided to swallow their whistles in the 3rd. It gave the game some flow and made it much more intense and physical. It almost felt like a playoff game.