NHL Scores: Rangers survive Penguins’ comeback attempt in overtime
Pittsburgh proved to be a tough out for New York Monday.
You can never count out the Penguins.
The Rangers almost learned that the hard way Monday. With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins are uniquely capable of making something special happen when something special is most needed. But it’s their supporting cast that propped them up in New York.
Sure, Evgeni Malkin scored the goal that started the rally back from a two-goal deficit in the third. But look at the effort from Brandon Sutter to set it up.
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That must be that compete-level hockey coaches love to talk about.
It showed up again 24 seconds later when Nick Spaling’s rush to the net led to a Steve Downie snipe to send the game to overtime.
When Pittsburgh’s worker bees are contributing in all facets of the game, the Pens are a force to be reckoned with. So the Rangers deserve loads of credit for finally putting them away in overtime. But the close call should serve as a reminder to the Blueshirts to not play with their food before completing the kill, especially when that food is wearing black and gold.
All the NHL Scores
Rangers 4, Penguins 3 (OT)
Blues 4, Panthers 2
Three things we learned
1. Martin Brodeur is happy to be a Blue, and St. Louis is happy to have him. The ovation before the game started for Martin Brodeur’s first start in St. Louis were loud and lasting, and they didn’t let up until everyone had left the building. Brodeur was a huge reason the Blues defeated the Panthers Monday, stopping 32 of 34 shots in a 4-2 win. Blues fans chanted “Marty, Marty!” after the win, which was pretty cool, but still really weird.
2. Corey Schneider finally put together a phenomenal start. The Devils netminder is far better than his numbers (.918 SV%, 2.50 GAA) this season would suggest. Or, at least, that’s what New Jersey hopes. On Monday, Schneider played like the workhorse starting netminder the Devils acquired him to be, stopping 39 of 40 shots against the Hurricanes.
3. Rick Nash is going to battle Tyler Seguin for the Rocket Richard Trophy all season, isn’t he? Nash just keeps playing tug-of-war with Seguin for the league-lead in goals. Two nights after Seguin scored his 21st and 22nd for Dallas, Nash kept pace with his 18th of the year. Nash has never scored more than 41 goals in a season. Seguin hasn’t scored more than 37. Both should easily eclipse those marks as they race towards the trophy this year.
St. Louis’ captain suffered some tremendous pain when a puck from a teammate struck his mouth Monday.
Backes reappeared in the second period wearing a face cage, but apparently had to be told by doctors he couldn’t play in the third period. The pain was that bad. It remains to be seen if this will affect his status going forward, but for now the poor guy could use an ibuprofen and a bag of ice for that jaw. Yeesh.
Stat of the Night
Jaromir Jagr suited up for his 1,500th NHL game Sunday, passing Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano on the all-time list. And then he scored in the second period for his 1,722th point, passing Marcel Dionne for fifth most all time.
You know, just another day in the life for 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr.
Post to Post
- Sidney Crosby is good at passing a hockey puck. Especially when he’s not looking.
- The Oilers are bad at drafting. We know, we were surprised, too.
- Finally, and most importantly, the NHL took its first step towards a Las Vegas expansion.