Last night at the Consol Energy Center, the New York Rangers took a 1-0 deficit into the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins and turned it into a gutsy 4-1 victory.
The Rangers were heavily outplayed by the Pittsburgh Penguins through the first forty minutes of last night’s game, but its how they finished that made the difference. Pittsburgh suffocated the Rangers with a strong forecheck and forced Lundqvist to make saves. The Rangers stayed tight survived the first two periods and only allowed one goal late in the first period when Evgeni Malkin beat Lundqvist off a nice feed from Sidney Crosby who extended his point streak to 20 games.
In the third the Rangers struck twice in a fifteen minute span with goals from Erik Christensen and Alex Frolov. Pittsburgh had a goal disallowed, shortly after losing the lead, because of goalie interference. Artem Anisimov and Brian Boyle added insurance goals late in the third period as the Rangers captured their first regulation win in Pittsburgh since 2006.
The victory was bittersweet for the Rangers. Early in the first period Ryan Callahan blocked a shot from the point and took it off the hand. He was taken to the locker room for further evaluation and will be out for six weeks with a broken hand.
“That’s a huge injury but we have to move by it,” said Rangers coach Tortorella when asked about Callahan’s injury.
The Rangers showed their toughness with their comeback win over the Penguins and will need their young players like Anisimov and Derek Stepan to play a bigger role during Callahan’s absence.
The Rangers will put their modest two-game win streak on the line against the Phoenix Coyotes — who fell 3-0 to the New Jersey Devils last night — tonight at Madison Square Garden.