Another trip to Madison Square Garden. Another blown two-goal lead. Another shootout loss for the Penguins.
Petr Prucha’s goal with 5:57 remaining in the 3rd period tied the game at two goals apiece for the Rangers, leading to another shootout win over the Penguins, 3-2.
The loss was the Penguins 7th straight in the regular season at MSG.
Penguins at Rangers, 7:00 PM ET, Madison Square Garden
Penguins, 14-6-3, 31 pts., 5th in Eastern Conference
Rangers, 17-8-2, 36 pts, 2nd in Eastern Conference
This depresses me even typing it. Sigh, I could use a brew right now.
Ziggy Palffy. Mark Recchi. Ryan Malone. Erik Christensen. Colby Armstrong. Michel Ouellet. I can even throw out Andy Hilbert. Jani Rita. Tomas Surovy. Nils Ekman. I’ve left out at least 20 names. I could go on, and on, and on.
And now, Pascal Dupuis. Max Talbot. Miro Satan. Ruslan Fedotenko.
What do they have in common ?? At one point or another they’ve all been Sidney Crosby’s wingers in his three-plus seasons in the NHL.
As I like to do every now and then, let’s take a look around the Pens’ blogosphere and throw a little bloggerlove out there;
My boys (they’re probably young enough to be my boys), as well as our own A2Y’s The Chief’s busom buddies at The Pensblog have an absolute stellar Penguins retrospective going back to the 2001-2002 season up until the present day, for all those fans whose glasses have gotten a little too rose-colored. It wasn’t that long ago folks that the Pens were the laughing stock of the league. Great job, fellas.
Seth Rorabaugh at the excellent Penguins blog Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette provides an interesting chart listing Crosby and Malkin’s point production via the powerplay, as compared to the other top scorers.
From the NHL’s Media website:
DAVID KEON: Good afternoon, everyone. I’m David Keon of the National Hockey League’s public relations department and I’d like to welcome you to our call. Our guest today is Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. Thanks to Sidney for taking the time to join us, and thanks to Frank Buonomo of the Penguins’ public relations department for setting up the call. Earlier today, Sidney was named First Star for this past week after recording six goals and three assists in three games. He currently sits second in league scoring with 34 points on 13 goals and 21 assists, and trails only teammate Evgeni Malkin, who has 39 points. With a record of 14-6-3 for 31 points, the Penguins sit second in the Atlantic Division, trailing the New York Rangers by five points with three games in hand. They start a three-game road trip in Manhattan against the Rangers on Wednesday night. Thanks again to Sidney for taking the time to join us and answer your questions. We’ll open it up now for questions.
In some respects, it was the ultimate compliment to John Madden.
With Madden, one of the best defensive and underrated forwards in the NHL out of the lineup, Sidney Crosby took full advantage, scoring his second career hat trick and propelling the Penguins to a 4-1 win over the Devils at the Igloo.
It was the second hat trick in three games for the Pens, who also got a hat trick from Evgeni Malkin on Wednesday versus the Islanders.
Malkin and Crosby are now alone at #1 and #2 in the NHL scoring lead, with 39 and 34 points, respectively.
Devils at Penguins, 7:30pm ET, Mellon Arena
Devils, 12-7-2, 26 pts, 7th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 13-6-3, 29 pts., 4th in Eastern Conference
It sure seems as though the Penguins’ fortunes, may they be good or bad, are told in the third period.
That was certainly the case during Wednesday’s game vs. the Islanders, where the Penguins scored 4 third-period goals to complete a 5-3 comeback win.
But it’s also been the case in games like tonight’s, where the Penguins held a 3-2 lead going into the third period, only to lose 4-3 to the Sabres at HSBC Arena.
Penguins at Sabres, 7:30 PM ET, HSBC Arena
Penguins, 13-5-3, 29 pts., 4th in Eastern Conference
Sabres, 10-8-3, 23 pts, 9th in Eastern Conference
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