Penguins-Rangers: Go With the Flow, Go With the Flow, Come On, VOGUE

WoooooSenior Writer IMarch 28, 2009

PITTSBURGH - MARCH 25: Forward Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck against the Calgary Flames on March 25, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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Apparently the Rangers win a lot more when Sean Avery is in their lineup.
Aside from picking up an assist for touching the puck before his teammate scored, Avery was non-existent this afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Tyler Kennedy threw a few fists into the chops of Mr. VOGUE in the first period, and Hal Gill and Brooks Orpik each put Avery on his wallet several times throughout the game.

Moving on, we were talking about the defensive pairing of Wade Redden and Derek Morris possibly being one of the weaker pairings among playoff teams.

It's not.
It is the weakest defensive pairing in the National Hockey the last 35 years. Henrik Lundqvist agrees.

Max Talbot opened the scoring this afternoon by showing a flash of his QMJHL days when he was leading the league in goal scoring.

Max turned on the booster jets and blew by the Rags' defenders, sliding a puck five hole on King Henry to give the Pens an early 1-0 lead.

After the first failed power play of the night, the Pens had generated some momentum and IHCDB throws out a Cooke-Malkin-Talbot combo.

Malkin got the puck to the net, where Talbot redirected it on goal. Lundqvist made the initial save, but Matt Cooke followed on to chip the puck home on a great second effort play. 2-0 Pens.
Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky, who by the way are the Rangers' two best players outside of Lundqvist, each scored a late goal to even the score at two before the first intermission.

The Godfather and Orr the Plumber dropped the mittens early in the second period. No clear winner was determined, but each combatant landed a few big blows.
The Rags got some stuff going in the offensive zone and had a good luck at the net, but Rob Scuderi denied the scoring chance by making a great heads-up play in the crease. How many times have we seen Scuds do that this year? Best stick in the league, hands down.

After the Scuderi play, Tyler Kennedy chipped the puck to center ice to Ruslan Fedotenko and joined him on the two-on-one. Tank held the puck long enough to make Derek Morris forget how to defend against a two-on-one and he put his stick in the shooting lane.

Tank's shot hit Morris' stick and fooled Lundqvist on the far side. Lundqvist said something to Morris after the goal. It probably included something like "Go back to Phoenix, joke." 3-2 Pens.

Antropov scored his 27th goal of the season later in the period to tie the game up once again with 20 minutes left to play.

The Pens dominated the third period. Sidney Crosby was ready to explode all game long, but Lundqvist kept him in check.

The Rangers might as well have left all of their defensemen in the locker room before the start of the third period, because besides Staal and Mara, none of them did anything.

In the third, Orr the Plumber decided to take a blatant run at Mark Eaton. Disregarding whether or not Eaton was playing the puck, Orr hit Eaton from behind, sending his chin and neck area into the top of the boards, near where the glass ends and the boards begin.

Eaton was bloodied and left the game and did not return.

Orr was issued a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct.

John Tortorella started flipping out on the bench after Orr was tossed. Wouldn't removing Colton Orr from your bench, thus removing the coach's responsibility to give him ice time actually be a good thing?? Maybe Torts' pre-game spaghetti was cold.

Chris Kunitz hooked up Marc Staal on the opening faceoff, negating two minutes of the power play.

Nothing happened four-on-four and the Rangers killed off the rest of the man advantage.

The Pens had 45 more power play opportunities in the third period, but couldn't get one past Henry.

Finally just before the midway point of the period, Fedotenko got a puck to Sidney Crosby at center ice.

Sid took the puck in flight and made Redden and Morris look like pee-wee hockey players trying to defend the best transition player in the world. Needless to say, he didn't have to try that hard to make that analogy work.
Sid blew by the defense and beat Lundqvist to give the Pens the last lead they would need in this game.

Shutdown city the rest of the way, with the Pens, and Marc-Andre Fleury, slamming the door to round out the month of March with an unreal 10-1-2 record.

Ladies and gentleman, Elvis has just left the building.
Final Score: Pens 4 Rangers 3

- The Rangers aren't making it out of the first round of the playoffs. Lundqvist is one of the top three best goalie in the Eastern Conference, but their defense is horrendous.

- Colton Orr should be suspended. Or taken to a dark alley on 42nd Street and beaten by bums with metal trash cans. What a sorry excuse for an athlete.

- Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to 11 games with the goal this afternoon.

- Geno picked up an assist to extend his lead in the points race to seven.

- Fleury has been outstanding since coming back from the injury two months ago.
- Devils come to town on Wednesday to round out the home stand. Do It.

Let's Go Pens


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