We're huge fans of the Pens looking like ass right now. It was bound to happen when the streak ended. This is all happening at the best time possible, too. The Pens will be playing the 7 or 8 seed in the first round. Those two seeds will have hit some kind of stride by that time in order to battle through the logjam at the bottom of the East. So, let the Pens figure some shit out over the next few games and get their bearings.
Pens had some looks on one-timers, but the King was standing tall. Killed.
After a while, Kunitz went off for a bullshit slash, so the PK unit was called upon. Long slapper from the point made it 1-0.
Two minutes later, McDonagh was left all alone in the slot. Snipe on MAF. 2-0.
Two minutes later, Derek Stepan made Orpik look really bad. Of course Ryane Clowe was there to get his first goal of the season.
Bylsma called a timeout. The timeout was a waste anyway, since there was some glass that needed to be repaired in the Pens' zone. Story of the game up to that point.
Pens got a PP late but could barely get set up.
Niskanen looked rough again.
Malkin looked possessed to start the second, but then he went to the box, and then the Rangers scored. Another newbie. Brassard. 4-0.
Probably the most negative body language we've ever seen from Fleury.
30 seconds later, the Pens announced their arrival into MSG with a Dupuis goal off the rebound of a Bortuzzo shot from the point. 4-1.
Pens couldn't capitalize on the little momentum that goal brought. The game kind of fell dead at that point.
Rangers added another goal for good measure. 6-1.
4 of the Rangers' 6 goals were scored by bros making their Rangers debuts.
-- Love that Bylsma kept MAF in for the entire game. Coming off his head/neck injury, it was good for him to see some game action, even if it looked like MAF was thinking about North Korea all game.
-- Brenden Morrow, guys.
-- Niskanen. Woof. Orpik. Woof.
-- Nice to see Bortuzzo back in the show.