Gameday #81 – vs. Rangers

Another 2 points are up for grabs to tonight against the Rangers who have recently clinched the #1 seed in the Eastern conference. Live recap after the jump.20120405-220740.jpg

Things to note:
Orpik is a +16 in his last 25 games
Dupuis has a 15 game point streak.
TK scored last game – hopefully no droughts.
Biron with the nod – rest or preservation for Lindvuist?
Jeffrey, Strait, and Tangradi in the lineup.
James Neal and Steve Sullivan are healthy scratches.
Pens clinch 4th in the East with a win tonight.
CONSOL is so loud
Jeff Jimerson is the man.

First Period

Staal to take the draw. Kunitz with a dirty redirect from Letang at 1:11. Good buzz immediately after a 2 on 1 featuring Staal and Cooke. Almost gave up a centered scoring chace.

Gave up some goal to Dubinsky with a pass off the pads. D seemed to be puck watching.

Biron with a big stop on Crosby.

TK with a bad angle shot up top. 2-1 pens.

Bylsma played Kunitz – Crosby – Malkin line. Strong line.

Hooking against Cooke – have no idea when the penalty came from. Killed. 1 shot (a bad one…)

Rangers seemed a little frustrated by the end of the period. Other than their goal and the corners, there wasn’t much excitement for the Rangers.

Second Period

Big save by Fleury to open the period. Letang and Callahan head off. Callahan is a joke.

Park aggressive on the forecheck. Looks good. Speak I the devil, assist from Dupuis. Richard Park. Easy. Dupuis, 16 game point streak. Very easy. Pens 3-1.

Power play pens. Stepan heads off for a high stick. Park gets rewarded with time on the PP. killed.

Staal with a good chance on Biron’s Short side.

4th line getting lots of time. Asham and Park are pulling in minutesand looking good. Vitale grinding away.

Kunitz 2 minutes for interference. Killed. Looked good.

Period over. Rangers ready to wake up at any moment.

Third Period

Rangers came on strong to start the period. MAF making saves.

Kunitz goes to the box for holding. Killed.

Pens with a few good opportunities. Keep pluggin.

Malkin lights the lamp after a great feed from Kunitz. MVP chants rained down.

MAF with a great save on a redirect. Screened the whole way. Followed by a beautiful glove save.

Tangradi hasn’t done anything. Shame. Fell over and gave up a scoring chance as I typed this.

Letang to the box for cross checking. Orpik big hit on Stepan during the PK. Didn’t look good. Orpik thrown out. Probably a suspension. Penalty for kneeing.

Letang almost scored coming out of the box. He’s playing with hero like determination currently.

Brian Boyle score some garbage goal.

Fleury makes another big save. Torts calls a timeout. Letang nets an EN.

Game.

Miscellaneous 

Pens looked hungry tonight. Thought that from the first period they deserved the two points. That being said, the Rangers didn’t really have much to play for. Why go out and kill yourselves when you’ve got the top spot on lock?

Good game from Kunitz, other than the penalties. I honestly didn’t see either of his two penalties. Was hustling North to South and feeding pucks to the net.

Great game from Richard Park. The guy really stepped up when he needed to. Got 11 minutes of ice time and was a +2. Good night for a fourth liner.

Pens clinch home ice for the playoffs. Easy.

Strange to see Orpik hit Stepan like he did. You don’t often see Orpik go for the low hits like that. I feel bad for Stepan. Hope he’s doing okay.

Kunitz scored his 200th career assist. Good for him.

Philly on Saturday. Bloodbath, engage.

 

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