Hardworkin' Rangers Averyed the Penguins

Christopher CaiazzoCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2008

The Rangers, who are trying to forget their dreadful two losses in Florida, were back in action tonight as they hosted the fourth place Pittsburgh Penguins.

The blue shirts knew they needed a fast-paced, hard-hitting offensive game to overcome the highly-talented Pens, and they did just that.

In the beginning of the first period, both the Rangers and Penguins defensive games were nonexistent, as both teams had great scoring chances in the first five minutes.

Finally, the Rangers settled down and took care of business by beating Pittsburgh 5-2.

But that wasn't all that happened. Sean Avery, who hasn't got an offer yet to re-sign with the Rangers for next season, was all over the ice and scored two goals for the blue shirts, while King Henrik was the fastest Ranger goaltender to win 100 games in only three seasons.

The blue shirts struck first with a beautiful high-rising wrist shot by Sean "The Man" Avery. Avery's goal, which was set up by a slumping Jagr, was rocketed over Ty Conklin's glove, which gave the the garden faithful something to cheer about.

Only 40 seconds later, Ryan Callahan scored on a rebound from a point shot by Chris Drury which gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.

Starting the second period with a comfortable lead, the Rangers showed their old ways by giving up two early goals that were lead by a miscommunication and a bad line change.

Tom Renney immediately called a timeout to relax and get his team to regroup.

Less than a minute from Jordan Staal's game-tying goal, the Rangers showed signs of life.

Instead of retaliating by taking a dumb penalty (as they usually do when games get tough), the blue shirts fourth line reacted with a hard working forecheck that made Pittsburgh make a bad pass in the middle of the ice which lead to the game-winning goal by newly acquired Fredrik Sjostrom.

The Rangers defense finally tightened up in the third, and that was all she wrote for the Crosby-less Penguins. When Avery scored his second goal of the night to make it a 4-2 game, the garden faithful were chanting "re-sign Avery" (Glenn Sathers cue).

Then, Martin Straka capped off the scoring with an easy rebound tip in to make it 5-2.

All four lines contributed with hard work against the boards, creating rebounds, and driving to the front of the net, which lead to balanced goals. This is the type of reaction, us, as the fans, wanted to see from our blue shirts after a two-game losing streak.