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.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves to tie the Pittsburgh franchise record for wins and the Penguins clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Sidney Crosby left briefly in the second period after being bloodied when he was struck in the face with the puck, but his return wasn’t enough for the slumping Pittsburgh Penguins, who were beaten again by the New York Islanders, 5-3 on Thursday night.
An ignited top line could be the final ingredient needed for the Rangers to make a deep playoff run.
Frans Nielsen scored twice and the New York Islanders won in Pittsburgh for the first time in more than four years with a 5-3 victory over the Penguins on Tuesday night.
Crosby scored in his second straight game to help the Penguins beat the Devils 5-2.
The Detroit Red Wings rarely come to NYC for a battle with the Rangers. It’s not often enough. The two Original Six teams will battle tonight at the Garden in what is now a close to must win for the Rangers.
Scorching-hot Pittsburgh Penguins put five goals past Martin Brodeur as the Devils lost 5-2 on Saturday.
Sidney Crosby’s return after three months of inactivity didn’t hurt the chemistry of the Pittsburgh Penguins one bit as they surged closer to the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots to tie Tom Barrasso’s franchise record for career shutouts and carry the Pittsburgh Penguins past the New York Rangers 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Richard Park scored the go-ahead goal 2:23 into the third period, Evgeni Malkin padded the lead with two, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist, Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves and the surging New York Rangers beat slumping Pittsburgh 3-1 on Friday night.
When the buzzer sounded and the Rangers walked away with a 4-3 win, the NHL was shown that the Blueshirts are perhaps the real deal.
Based on Crosby’s two-goal, two-assist return against the dreadful Islanders, his return is great news for the Penguins and very bad news for the rest of the league.
Pascal Dupuis and Richard Park had goals, and Marc-Andre Fleury was sharp in making 33 saves in his 20th NHL shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins earned their fourth straight win by beating the New York Islanders 3-0 on Tuesday night.