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Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.

Rangers spinning as Pens control first period

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot and defenseman Kris Letang (58) clears it in front of New York Rangers' Brian Boyle (22) during the first period. (Feb. 21, 2012) (Credit: AP)

             The Rangers showed absolutely zero in the first, as Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 11 Pens shots, including a James Neal rebound in close and Richard Park’s shot that he blockered away. Then NHL leading scorer Evgeny Malkin just missed wide on a half open cage. Coach John Tortorella called a time out with 10:33 left after the Pens dominated the first half. On the single power play prompted by Ben Lovejoy clearing the puck over the glass at 16:10, Matt Cooke came close to a shorthanded goal and the Rangers iced the puck---a power-play rarity. The closest the Rangers came to the goal line was when Mike Rupp, on his knees behind the net, found John Mitchell alone coming down he slot and Fleury stopped Mitchell’s tuck in attempt with an extended right pad.  Shots were 11-6.  Looked worse than I describe here.....

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