by Tony on 11/16/10 at 12:53 PM ET
Let’s face it, we should be grateful the Penguins came out of last night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers with a point.
Henrik Lundqvist was solid for the first 57 minutes between the pipes for the Rangers. It really looked as if it was simply going to be one of those nights when you tap your stick to the opponent’s goaltender and get ready for the next game.
What followed was a wild 65-second scramble that accounted for three goals to eventually send the game to overtime, where Ryan Callahan’s tap-in goal off a 2-on-1 Rangers break gave them the win.
- Can’t pin the loss on Marc-Andre Fleury. Both goals in regulation came as a result of deflections off his defensemen, while the OT winner was a 2-on-1 break where Callahan was right on the doorstep.
- Ugh. The Penguins’ powerplay, after a woeful 0-for-6 performance (with only 6 shots on goal), has a “success” rate now of only 13.0%, which lands them 23rd in the league. I don’t know what happened. At least during the first several games of the year the powerplay had some structure to their system, even though they weren’t capitalizing on their chances. Now, it’s just a crapshoot. Too much passing and no real presence in front of the net. I’ll say this much, the opposition has done their homework, they’re seeing what works in killing penalties vs. the Penguins. Be extremely aggressive, especially on defensemen Alex Goligoski and Kris Letang. And it’s working.
- Hindsight is 20/20 of course, but you could sense that the Penguins felt the game was over when Lundqvist took the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. I know I did. But as it seems it’s going this season, the slightest bit of hesitation is costing the Penguins, and it did again last night. Plus, the fact that the Rangers scored off a deflection is just another kick in the gut.
- Not only did the Penguins get 39 shots on goal vs. the Rangers, they had 19 missed shots. They continue to lead the league in that category, although the team they’re playing tomorrow, the Vancouver Canucks, are only one behind them now.
Penguins back at it tomorrow night vs. Vancouver.
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