The Rangers will have a 43 second power play to start the second period, and it appears they will need a few more goals today against the Pens, who are 10-1-2 in the afternoon.
The Pens took the play to the Rangers for the first eight minutes, and tested Henrik Lundqvist, playing with a stiff neck after being run over by Benoit Pouliot against Montreal on Friday. Shots were 7-1 in the first eight minutes, until Brandon Dubinsky won a battle with Chris Conner along the left boards in the Pittsburgh zone, got the puck to Ryan Callahan, who found Artem Anisimov in front, and his shot beat Marc Andre Fleury at 11:20. It was Anisimov's 18th of the season and fifth in the last nine games,
But James Neal, in mid-ice along the right boards, found Jordan Staal cutting down the middle past Dan Girardi, who was cheating to his left, and charged in alone on Lundqvist, who managed to get a piece of the low shot to his blocker side. But the puck fluttered in at 15:59. Ben Lovejoy also received an assist.
Coach John Tortorella double-shifted Marian Gaborik for awhile, as Mats Zuccarello played just 2:50 in the period. Shots ended 10-7 for the Pens. The Rangers killed a roughing penalty to Callahan at 16:40 when a scrum erupted in front of Lundqvist, who ended up in the dislodged net.