Rangers vs. Penguins Recap 3/31/2017

The Rangers lose to the Penguins in a shootout at home, 4-3.

In the first period the Rangers played with just enough effort to keep the score tied 0-0. A lot of shots were blocked, and some great scoring chances by both ends. Henrik Lundqvist was looking sharp in net, and it seemed like a positive game would come out if we continued to play like this.

Though in the second period things started to heat up. The Penguins got on the board first, as Guentzel slips the puck passed Henrik. Ahh, of course we encounter Crosby’s usual luck and skill. The puck was lifted passed Girardi and over Henrik’s shoulder. I always say shoulders are a goaltender’s struggle. Henrik said in an interview how Crosby had surprised him on the goal. He said how it’s not something you expect- someone shooting at your head. He’s not sure what to do to save that, whether he needs to keep his head back or use his head more. That’s a tough goal to spot, and save. At the end of the period, on a Rangers’ Powerplay, Holden gets an unassisted goal; the score is now 2-1.

In the third period the score is brought up 3-1. Rust gets a wide open goal, in front of Henrik. The defense was out of position and allowed him to sit in front of our goalie. Oh but what a beautiful play, Miller saucer passes the puck across to Nash who banks one in the net to make the score 3-2. Lundqvist was pulled with a few minutes left in the period as we trailed in the game, and an extra skater was brought on which gave us better chances for puck possession. The Ranger’s were maintaining the puck well in front of our empty net, and quality passes were made in the Penguins’ zone. Zuccarello started the play by passing to Holden at the point. Holden put the puck on net that ended up on Miller’s stick, and the rebound allowed Kreider to tie the game with 11.6 seconds left.

In Overtime we had a lot of chances to win the game, but Murray stood on his head. The game led to a Shootout and we looked as if we gave up. Zibanejad and Zuccarello were the skaters and they both unfortunately missed. Of course the fun would end, Kessel and Crosby score to win the game for the Pens.  Lundqvist was knocked into in overtime, which could possibly explain his performance in the shootout. We left with one point, but we are still clinched. It’s now a matter of where we end up in the playoffs. It was a great game of hockey, and we needn’t worry too much about losing. I hope our players continue to stay warm for the playoffs, however keep in mind their bodies and prevent injuries for when the play starts to get tough. Let’s go Rangers!

Postgame Interviews

Pittsburgh Penguins
(47-19-11)
4 vs. 3 New York Rangers
(46-26-6)
35 Shots 33
0/3 Power Play 1/2
42.9% Faceoff% 57.1%
Guentzel: Goal (12)
Crosby: Goal (43) SO Goal Assist
Kessel: Assist SO Goal
Sheary: Assist
Hainsey: Assist
Rust: Goal (14)
Cole: Assist
Murray: 30 Saves
Holden: Goal (11) Assist
Nash: Goal (23)
Miller: 2 Assists
Girardi: Assist
Kreider: Goal (27)
Lundqvist: 32 Saves
Third Star: J.T. Miller
Second Star: Matt Murray
First Star: Sidney Crosby

Author: @MeghanMalcolm via Twitter

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