New York Rangers defenseman Roman Hamrlik (40) and goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) and center Brad Richards (19) can not stop the puck from going in the net against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers Fall To The Pittsburgh Penguins: Game Recap

The New York Rangers were defeated in a shoot out by the Pittsburgh Penguins 2 – 1

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Probably one of the best games I have watched in a long time.  The game was scoreless through 2 periods.  Pittsburgh’s Jokinen scores 30 seconds into the third period on a wrist shot from the right of Hank.  Rangers outplayed the Penguins the majority of the game but could not find an answer to the stellar play of Fleury.  With 4:49 left in the 3rd period, 2 seconds after a power play, Stepan wins a face off in the offensive zone back to Nash.  Nash shoots and slides it between Fleury’s pads on a screen by Callahan.

In the 3rd period, Del Zotto turns his back as James Neal was coming from a hit and hits Neal in the head with an elbow.

As you can see in the video, this elbow looks completely accidental. Neal started to come in to Del Zotto’s left side and changed to the right after Del Zotto turns around. Neal’s head was in line with Del Zotto’s right elbow causing the elbow.  No word yet on if the league is taking a look at this or not.  Neal was unsteady on his feet and appeared to have sustained a concussion.  Neal did not return.

The shootout was as excited as expected.  Jokinen has always been amazing in shootouts and did not disappoint with a double move in front of Lundqvist and scoring on the back hand.  Fleury made 2 huge saves on Nash and Zuccarello. Zuccarello had Fleury beat but Fleury was able to use his extremely fast legs and get his right pad on the puck.  Callahan was up third and missed the net trying to go top corner.

Scary moment and collectively made Rangers nation take a deep breath when Hank stopped Malkin on the shootout attempt.  Hank made the save look easy but had the look of pain on his face. Lundqvist said it happened on Jokinen’s shot but he didn’t show any signs on injury until Malkin’s shot.  Hank’s body language showed him in pain in his leg or groin.  Hank stayed in there making a save on Dupuis.

After the game, Hank said he felt some pain in his left hamstring but felt better 2 or 3 minutes later.  He insists it is nothing and he will be fine.  Lets hope so.  Hamstrings have a tendency to stick around for a while and this close to the playoffs, we need a healthy Lundqvist.

Next up is the Carolina Hurricanes who are 1 – 9 – 1 in their last 11 games.  It is safe to assume that Biron will be between the pipes tonight.

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