Rangers win! No, wait – they lose! Huh? (PIT 3 v. NYR 2 S/O)

Marty St. Louis scores on the PP 11.15.14 ( Gregory Shamus/Getty)

Marty St. Louis scores on the PP 11.15.14 ( Gregory Shamus/Getty)

So, this was new! Dan Boyle deked right and scored while falling down – the Rangers win! Let’s get off the ice guys, move along. HOLD IT!

Immediately there was Sidney Crosby crying and the war room in Toronto determined that the puck hit the post first than Boyle again – no goal. That’s the rule, no rebounds.

The Rangers came back on the ice and watched Brandon Sutter score and Rick Nash get denied – Rangers lose.

PENGUINS 3 v RANGERS 2 (S/O)

Well, we could’ve done without that, Lundqvist must’ve thought as they walked off the ice a second time.

Listen, the only reason the Rangers got a point in this game was because Henrik Lundqvist made 36 amazing stops to keep them in it. Sure the two Penguin goals weren’t his best efforts, but when you see more rubber than roadkill on the Long Island Expressway – it happens.

Things were looking good early as NY promptly responded to the Penguins first tally by Blake Comeau. Former Penguin, Lee Stempniak knotted it up at 1 just 15 seconds later. Then it was Marty St. Louis on the power play to give NY the lead.

Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin tied it at 2 on a goal that grazed Hank’s glove, went off the post, hit his back and went in. That was probably a little foreshadowing for the disappointment to come. The Pens kept coming, but it was Lundqvist who turned them aside in waves.

Henrik was jaw-dropping in OT as he stopped Sidney Crosby on a breakaway, then Kris Letang. His brilliant goaltending continued in the shootout and as we said, it looked like the Rangers won it. Who knows, but maybe Hank had a pad off in the locker room because when he came back out, he didn’t look ready.

Shake your head and move on – just like me.

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