Passion vs passive.
The Pens don't need Rick Nash. They have Evgeny Malkin. And they were simply more desperate in the first half of the game, and finished when they could. The Rangers couldn't get going with just six shots in the first period, and without much of a second gear until the last part of the second period. Pens played very well defensively and without D Brooks Orpik.
And next up, the Isles in Uniondale on Friday, who will be kinda desperate, too, I'll wager.
Carl Hagelin (no shots, one hit), Anton Stralman (after 6:49 in the first, just 9:19 overall in one of his worst games, also caught up on Del Zotto's crappy pass that led to Malkin's breakaway). D Stu Bickel (3:57 on fourth line. Kid's not a forward, let's face it, if the coach won't play Wolski and Fedotenko is out, they need a callup). Bickel did try to scrap with Arron Asham at 12:36 of the second but the officials kept em apart.
For more on frustrated Feds, see newsday.com
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