The Rangers and the Penguins played two games in a row and it was somehow confusing. In the first game the Rangers overwhelmed the Pens playing Penguin hockey and destroying them 6-1. Last night's game saw the Pens playing Ranger hockey and nipping the Rangers in a shootout 2-1.
Last night the Pens outshot the Rangers 36-28. They outhit the Rangers 39-27 and amazingly the Pens blocked more shots than the Rangers 20-15. The three new guys, Clowe, Brassard and Moore are not there yet. They got 2 shots, but only 3 hits and 3 blocked shots. Not too many games left to get these guys totally Tortorellaized.
Jussi Jokinen* scored the Pens goal and then scored the only shootout goal giving the Pens the two points. The only Ranger goal of the night was scored by Nash off of a faceoff win by Stepan who was awful on faceoffs most of the night.
Fleury was outstanding in goal for the Pens making 35 saves. It's the best I've ever seen him against the Rangers. Lundqvist was his usual solid self and was repeatedly run at and hit by the Pens with no retaliation from the Rangers. He basically stole the point for us. The coach seemed to be more at ease this game than last game. After all, the last game, a 6-1 Ranger win, got away from him and he was lost. This was more his game. Low scoring and great goaltending. Good luck.
Ryane Clowe vs Deryk Engelland
Results: Ryane Clowe 37.8% Draw 37.0% Deryk Engelland 25.2%
However, in last night's game Gaborik only took 2 shots and was not a factor in the Blue Jackets 3-1 loss to St. Louis.
Blue Jackets Xtra / Columbus Dispatch:
Blue Jackets 3, Predators 1: Gaborik makes grand entrance --
Marian Gaborik, who was acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers on Wednesday, scored the go-ahead goal at 4:16 of the third period.*correction: It was Olli Jokinen, not Jussi Jokinen, who played for the Rangers last season. Both are from Finland, but are not related. Thanks Jen.
He also had an assist and was the game’s first star.
“I’m glad to have the first game under my belt,” Gaborik said. “It was a great win. I’m glad to be a part of this.”
Matt Calvert and James Wisniewski also scored. Brandon Dubinsky added two assists in his first game back after an injury...
“This is huge,” said Blue Jackets veteran Vinny Prospal, who helped convince Gaborik to waive his no-trade clause to approve the trade.