Penguins Pummel Rangers At The Garden

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Entering the new year on a two-game winning streak, the Blueshirts were hoping to continue their good fortunes as they hosted the Penguins at MSG. Unfortunately for the Rangers, the Penguins put an end to the modest win streak for the Blueshirts, and continued their own with Pittsburgh winning their seventh consecutive contest.

Ryan Strome – After going down 3-0 in the second period, Ryan Strome’s redirect gave the Blueshirts a small glimmer of hope with just over seven minutes to go in the middle frame.

Pavel Buchnevich – It was not a good game for the young Russian, even though he did score the second goal of the game for the Rangers. Buchnevich went to the front of the net and deposited the loose puck behind Matt Murray.

As I mentioned, it was not a good night for Buchnevich overall as he had a handful of turnovers, including a horrendous turnover to Kris Letang that resulted in the third Pittsburgh goal. And as Anthony points out, don’t be shocked if Buchnevich is in the press box for the next game.

Henrik Lundqvist – Tonight just wasn’t Lundqvist’s night as the 2019 NHL All-Star had a flashback to his brutal 2017 season and allowed six goals on 18 Penguins shots. Of course the goals aren’t entirely Lundqvist’s fault, but, as Brian Boucher noted during the telecast, Henrik seemed to have been picking up shots a little late, and that’s never a good thing, especially against a talented Penguins team. Henrik has carried the Rangers this season, but tonight was not a good one for the Rangers netminder.

Next Game: The Rangers head out west to face the high-powered Colorado Avalanche. Puck drops at 9!


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