Welp. It’s official. The best thing about the renovations to Madison Square Garden is that now they have enough lights for their fans to actually see them get beat.
The crowd was rather enthusiastic to start the game but that ended rather quickly when Evgeni Malkin scored just 2:31 into the game. I can only imagine how he’ll celebrate tonight.
If there was one thing to complain about in this game, it was that Marc-Andre Fleury allowed goals so I had to hear that god forsaken goal song.
Carl Hagelin took advantage of a bad read by Matt Niskanen to score the first goal of the Rangers in 145 minutes and 30 seconds. Mats Zuccarello scored the other goal in the game for the Rangers on a weak backhander that at the time made the score 3-2.
The Penguins broke the 1-1 tie while shorthanded late in the second period. The Rangers turned the puck over in the neutral zone on the power which gave Brian Gibbons a breakaway opportunity. Gibbons got Henrik Lundqvist to lean the wrong way but the puck rolled off of his stick. Brandon Sutter followed up the play and elevated the puck over Lundqvist’s left pad.
Jussi Jokinen scored a weak backhanded goal of his own in the third period to give the Pens a two goal advantage. It was a very weak shot but it deflected off of a Rangers defenseman in front of the net and behind Lundqvist. Just 57 seconds after the Rangers cut the deficit to one, Malkin made a ridiculous play to set up a wide open Chris Kunitz in front of the net to extend the lead back to two. Malkin was by far the best player on the ice tonight with a goal, an assist, and a +2. He had 14 shot attempts.
Brooks Orpik returned from injury tonight but left with another one in the second period. It’s probably safe to assume that Robert Bortuzzo will be back in the lineup on Friday for the Pens when they look to end the series.