The Rangers scored three straight goals in the second period, but Evgeni Malkin scored the game-winning goal to propel the Penguins to a 5-4 win on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. >> Read More
- 0:43 PIT Phil Kessel; Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Ian Cole
- 13:30 PIT Carl Hagelin; Assists: Olli Maatta
- 6:02 NYR David Desharnais; Assists: J.T. Miller, Kevin Shattenkirk
- 7:32 NYR Pavel Buchnevich (Power Play) Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
- 8:32 NYR J.T. Miller (Power Play) Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Tony DeAngelo
- 18:01 PIT Patric Hornqvist (Power Play) Assists: Phil Kessel, Evgeni Malkin
- 8:00 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: David Desharnais, J.T. Miller
- 19:04 PIT Sidney Crosby Assists: Patric Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin
- 0:58 PIT Evgeni Malkin Assists: Phil Kessel
- Well it's another frustrating loss, with a lot of the frustrating elements from prior games, but mostly frustrating because this was a game where the Rangers seemed like they had it.
- Turnovers started the game and put the Rangers down and a turnover is what ultimately did them in in OT. Ryan McDonagh sure seems like he is trying to force too many passes. In the first period he was bailed out by Henrik Lundqvist after his excellent one-time pass to Crosby but in OT he put the puck right into Phil Kessel and the Pens easily tapped it in to win. There is no doubt that he is feels a lot of pressure with how the season has started but he is trying to do too much and it's hurting himself and the team.
- That tying goal was flukey from all over, from the hand pass, to Shattenkirk touching it and then Crosby just finding a way to put it in from behind the net. Mental mistakes and forced passes are the story of the Rangers season so far.
- It was a game, after the first period, where the Rangers started to resemble, well, the Rangers. They forced some turnovers, defended as a group, played, fast, had rush opportunities and actually scored some goals.
- There are things that the Rangers can take with this game, especially their compete and battle levels in the second and third period, but until the Rangers stop forcing plays and passes, wins are going to be hard to come by.
- Also in the positive column, Pavel Buchnevich scored, David Desharnais played his best game offensively, Michael Grabner scored, JT Miller was strong and Rick Nash kept driving to the net every chance he could and should have had at least two goals. Henrik Lundqvist was also very good at keeping the game close while the Rangers trudged through the first period.
- So now the Rangers are 1-5-1 and have the Islanders come to MSG on Thursday. The same things that have been said and written about tonight's game still apply for Thursday: if the Rangers turn the puck over they will lose. If the Rangers make smart plays with the puck and stop trying to force things they will have a very good chance at winning.
Next up: The Rangers will host the ISlanders on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.