The New York Rangers had a chance to bring down a team named after birds from their high perch on Wednesday night.
Unfortunately, the only bird roasted at Madison Square Garden on the night before T
hanksgiving were the Rangers, who dropped a brutal 6-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The night actually started off positive for the Rangers, who shockingly led after the first frame of the game. Rick Nash scored five seconds into an Evgeni Malkin penalty, his ninth of the season. The Rangers had some more success in the first period, as they killed off a questionable three-minute power play, enforced when Ryan McDonagh picked up a five minute major for boarding. Sidney Crosby retaliated by trying to initiate a fight against an unprepared McDonagh, but was assessed only a minor for roughing.
Then…the second period happened.
The Rangers gave up a whopping five goals, as getting outshot 11-6. Crosby added insult to injury for the Rangers, scoring his 13th and 14th goals of the season, including the second goal that served as the de facto game winner. Scott Wilson opened the scoring, while Phil Kessel and Conor Sheary added the others. Needless to say, it was the most goals the Rangers had let up in a period all season.
Pittsburgh only added one more in the third period, the fourth goal the season for ex-Ranger Matt Cullen, but more scary was the fact the Rangers (14-6-1) were outshot by a whopping 17-4 margin in the final frame, going into the latter stages of the period without a shot. The Penguins even gave the Rangers two penalties to work with, but they were unable to capitalize.
Henrik Lundqvist was pulled during the second period carnage, after allowed four goals on 17 shots. In his place, Antti Raanta made 19 saves on 21 shots.
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