Penguins Crush Rangers, 6-1

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Anyone who watched the Rangers’ 5-2 win over Pittsburgh Monday, and saw the 1st period against the Penguins at The Garden Wednesday night, probably thought “We’ve got these guys”.

Then came the 2nd period.

Trailing 1-0 at the start of the period, the Penguins scored five goals in the 2nd, and went on to crush the Blueshirts, 6-1. Henrik Lundqvist gave up four goals on seven shots in the first 13 minutes of that period, and was replaced by Antti Raanta.

Rick Nash scored the lone Rangers goal, 4:22 into the game, his 9th of the season.

In the 2nd, goals by Scott Wilson, Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and then Crosby’s 2nd goal of the period made it 4-1 with 7:02 to go in the period. Raanta entered the game and, following a long, maddening stretch where the Blueshirts could not clear the puck out of their end for near 90 seconds, Conor Sheary scored at 16:42 of the period to make it 5-1.

Matt Cullen‘s 3rd period goal provided the final 6-1 margin.

The Rangers had only 17 shots on goal in the game [7-6-4]. Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray made 16 saves for the win.

The Rangers [now 14-6-1, 29 pts] play the Flyers in Philadelphia Friday afternoon.