New York Rangers-Pittsburgh Penguins: Who Are THESE Guys?

Russell McKenzieCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2010

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 28:  Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins handles the puck around Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers in the second period at Mellon Arena on November 28, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Every single game, it seems, a different Rangers team shows up.

Last night we saw a team that thrived in the face of adversity.  Marian Gaborik was active for the game, and had 4:02 in mainly useless ice team before calling it quits for the night.

Michael Del Zotto got sliced by a Gino Malkin skate midway through the first period and was sent to the locker room for stitches.

Yet, the Penguins were held to a one goal lead through that ineffective first period.  The Pens lone first period tally came on a play where Dan Girardi couldn't handle the puck in the corner.  Sidney Crosby took advantage of this and put the puck behind the sharp Henrik Lundqvist.

Then a different team stole the Rangers uniforms and came out for the second and third period.  This team stuck up for each other.  They cleared the after-the-whistle stuff from in front of Lundqvist.  And when both Dubinsky and Prospal scored to put the Rangers ahead, the igloo went silent.  

The other telling event here was when Pens tough guy Matt Cooke pummeled lover Chris Drury to the ice, Michael "I Just Work Here" Rozsival came to his aid.  Hey, Dan Girardi! Are you taking notes? When you're star forward is getting the crap kicked out of him, THAT is what you're supposed to do.

Rosie served a 10 minute misconduct—for you kids at home who are keeping track, that reduced the Rangers to four out of six available defense-men.  

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In the third period, the Rangers continued to hammer at Marc-Andre Fleury, who replaced Johnson after two periods. And even when Sergei Gonchar tied it for the Pens, Rangers fans everywhere still had hope.

And when Rosie had that clear out to new Ranger Oli Jokkinen, who apparently didn't get the memo about the inability to score, he put it where it belongs.

Rangers victory, 3-2.

Now, which team will show up on Sunday? The Rangers, or the Strangers?

Also of note:

Rangers assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld confirmed that Donald Brashear will be sent down to Hartford today.  He stated that Brashear forced the Rangers to make a move by going public with the trade request.

Michael Del Zotto received 50 stitches in his abdomen to close the wound.  Del Zotto on the laceration: "It was pretty gross."

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