May 4, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) watches as a shot by defenseman Kris Letang (not pictured) gets past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) for a goal during the second period in game two of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins Game 2 Wrap-Up


FINAL SCORE: New York Rangers – 0 Pittsburgh Penguins – 3

SERIES SCORE: New York Rangers – 1 Pittsburgh Penguins – 1

FIRST PERIOD: The Rangers came into game two and looked to finally break the curse of losing a game when they have a lead in the series. So much like game one they needed to come out to a good start. 40 seconds into the game and the Rangers were given a power play, an area where they needed a lot of improvement on and they did not score on the opportunity. The Rangers received two other power play opportunities, both three minutes apart from each other and did not score on either of those. I don’t have to say that the Rangers power play has to be better, because three power plays in the first ten minutes at least ONE of them should be scored on. Three straight penalty kills in a row seemed to be a momentum boost for the Penguins who took spent a lot of time in the Rangers zone after the penalty kills. Just after the ten minute mark Daniel Carcillo took a questionable penalty and the Rangers penalty killers were forced to handle the Penguins power play. From that point on the Penguins dominated most of the play but the Rangers did manage a few shots on Marc-Andre Fleury that he managed to stop. In the closing seconds Sidney Crosby came into the Rangers zone and had two good chances one that went high and the other that was stopped by Henrik Lundqvist. As the period came to its end the score was tied 0-0 and the Rangers were out-shot 9-7.

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SECOND PERIOD: This period and all its highlights belong to Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers decided to go out for lunch during the second period and must not have invited Henrik because he was the only that showed up out of the locker room. The Penguins took a penalty about four minutes into the period, and at the end of the Rangers power play Chris Kunitz came out of the penalty box and went on a breakaway and Lundqvist stopped that. Henrik made several highlight reel saves this period. His only mistake came a little past the halfway mark when Dan Girardi accidentally tipped the puck into the Rangers net to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. For the second period in a row the Rangers did not pressure the Penguins in their offensive zone. As the Henrik Lundqvist clinic, I mean second period came to its end the Rangers were down 1-0 and were down 16-10 in shots for the period.

THIRD PERIOD: The Rangers just needed to come out and have a strong period and they would undoubtedly beat Fleury on at least one goal. They just could not muster up the offense to do so. The Penguins kept coming at the Rangers wave after wave and never stopped coming and the Rangers just did not push back. The most exciting thing to happen to the Rangers that entire period was the penalty Girardi took that the team killed off. Derek Dorsett took a penalty with five minutes left and Jussi Jokinen proceeded to score a power play goal that essentially sealed the deal for the Rangers. Three minutes after that Evgeni Malkin scored the third goal on an empty net and that was all she wrote. Fleury received an easy 22 save shutout and the series is tied at one going back to Madison Square Garden tomorrow night. The Rangers lost 3-0 and were out shot 35-22.

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