FINAL: Penguins 3 Rangers 0

1st Period
01:30 PIT B. Bennett (2) Slap – ASST: D. Jeffrey (1) AND T. Kennedy (3) 1 – 0 PIT
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
06:34 PIT PPG – T. Kennedy (4) Slap – ASST: K. Letang (25) AND P. Martin (13) 2 – 0 PIT
07:17 PIT P. Dupuis (14) Backhand – ASST: D. Jeffrey (2) AND M. Cooke (8) 3 – 0 PIT

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Adam Rotter:

  • The Rangers were bad in the first, better in the second and let the game get away from them for a couple of minutes in the third and the Penguins put it out of reach.
  • There is so much scrambling/uncertainty on the ice and it’s leading to turnovers in all three zones and passes that go off of sticks or are off the mark and sent out of the zone. They have played this way for most of the year but it is exacerbated when they play a good to team, or in the case of the Penguins, the best team in the conference.
  • Three of the next four are at MSG, where the Rangers have been good this season, but the bulk of the rest of the season is on the road. If the Rangers want to make the playoffs they not only need to score goals, but they need to figure out their game on the road.

Rangers Game Notes

Team Notes:

-      The Rangers were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, today at CONSOL Energy Center, to complete their four-game road trip.

-      The Blueshirts have posted a record of 13-12-2 (28 pts) overall, including a 4-7-1 mark on the road this season.

-      The Rangers have been awarded two or fewer power play opportunities in each of the last five contests.

-      The Blueshirts out-hit the Penguins, 26-14, led by J.T. Miller’s game-high, five hits. Derek Stepan and Brian Boyle were also credited with four hits apiece.

-      The Rangers won 32-54 faceoffs (59%), led by Derek Stepan’s game-high, 15 faceoff wins (15-25, 60%). Brad Richards also won 9-14 faceoffs (64%) in the contest.

Player Notes:

-      Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves and is now 11-11-1 overall, including a 2-6-1 mark on the road this season. He has held opponents to three goals or fewer in each of his last eight games, posting a 4-4-0 mark with a 2.12 goals against average and .926 save percentage over the span.

-      Steve Eminger was credited with a team-high, four blocked shots, and logged a season-high, 21:32 of ice time.

-      Carl Hagelin registered a game-high, five shots on goal in 17:21 of ice time. Hagelin ranks second on the team with 90 shots on goal this season.

-      Ryan McDonagh recorded three shots on goal, and was credited with two hits and three blocked shots in a team-high, 24:09 of ice time.