Rangers-Penguins: New York Relentless in 3-2 OT Win over Pittsburgh

February 12th, 2010 by Rangers Tribune Leave a reply »

Despite losing key players in Michael Del Zotto and Marian Gaborik after the first period, the New York Rangers put up one of their better efforts in recent memory tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.

The Rangers always seem to play a spirited match against the Pens, but sometimes, that is not the case when they are on the road. Tonight was an exception, as the team was relentless in this performance and did all they could to earn the overtime win.

This, my friends, is what Head Coach John Tortorella is referring to when he says he needs his team to show more desperation. We saw a boatload of it tonight.

The first period is the only one that you could say the Rangers were lacking. It did not help that forward Gaborik (thigh) was playing at about 50 percent and Del Zotto fell on Evgeni Malkin’s skate, which ended up slicing the rib area open, leaving him lying on the ice in his own blood.

Neither player would return, so that meant Ryan Callahan would have to jump up and do first-line duty while the defense had to run on a five-man rotation. Sidney Crosby was the only goal scorer in that period, ...

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