UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.: So this is how it’s going to end. The crowd here is dead. The Rangers in two consecutive power plays threw everything they could at the Penguins. But nothing could get through, and the rest of the game has been a formality as a result.
Now the only question is if the Rangers can even get back to Pittsburgh or if the season ends here on Thursday night.
UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Chris Drury is back for the third period.
UPDATE, second intermission: One post might not be enough to cover everything that’s happened. The Rangers tie it up, the place is beside itself, and then Ryan Hollweg takes a boneheaded penalty. Malkin scores his second to give the Pens back the lead. Pittsburgh has four goals on 13 shots, not exactly Vezina numbers for Henrik Lundqvist.
UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: A 1:15 in 5-on-3s go nowhere, and Chris Drury is doubled over leaving the ice. Other than that, things are going great for the Rangers.
UPDATE, first intermission: The death watch might officially be on. Bottom line is the Rangers dominated that period but literally had to scratch and claw for their one goal, while the Penguins didn’t need to work much at all for their three. Yes, the Rangers can come back against this team. But it’s going to take a couple of bounces their way.
UPDATE, 7:40 P.M.: Rangers goal after a lengthy video review. The red light never goes off. But Michel Therrien’s face will have to suffice. The coach is livid. Martin Straka gets credit for the goal.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: If nothing else, the Rangers are delivering on their game plan of peppering Marc-Andre Fleury, who has suddenly turned into Ken Dryden.
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: A potential crushing early goal spoils what had been a promising start. In other news, Shanahan is on the fourth line, while the third unit stays intact.
UPDATE, 7:04 p.m.: At least to start, Fred Sjostrom takes Brendan Shanahan’s spot with Scott Gomez and Sean Avery.
Warm-ups produced some priceless signs, not all of which are suitable for a family blog. But let’s just say people are finding new creative outlets for the Sidney Crosby diving theme.
Behind the Penguins net were a couple of signs that read “Ice Blog 8.7”, and at the other end there was a sign that said “Sidney Cryby” and had Crosby diving into a swimming pool with Gary Bettman looking on.
Easy there. You don’t want to tick the guy off.
I’ll check in during the game…