“I thought some guys worked hard and played a good game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Again, with our club we need all 20 guys going, and we didn’t have all 20.”
An injured Sidney Crosby left the game, but the Penguins won their 15th straight game by shutting out the Islanders.
The Rangers didn’t just lose a practically meaningless game. They may have also lost their fourth-leading scorer.
John Tortorella knows when to push the right buttons. And Brooks Orpik’s knee-to-knee hit on Derek Stepan gave him another opportunity to work his mind games.