Well, that was one of the better hockey games of the season — mean, nasty, great goaltending, sustained offensive chances from the Rangers, against one of the better teams in all of hockey.
Only to have it ruined by the shootout, hockey’s tiddly-winks contest to decide crucial games with a non-hockey-related gimmick. What a joke. Anyway, the Rangers moved up to seventh place with the loser’s point.
Post-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
April 5, 2013 (Game 37, Away Game 17)
CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Penguins 2, Rangers 1 (shootout)
– The Rangers were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1, in the shootout tonight at CONSOL Energy Center. New York has registered a point in three straight games, posting a record of 2-0-1 over the span.
– The Blueshirts are now 18-15-4 (40 pts) overall, including a 6-9-2 mark on the road this season.
– New York has now posted a combined record of 4-4-1 in back-to-back games, including a 3-1-1 (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road) record in the first game of the set.
– The Blueshirts held the Penguins scoreless in two power play opportunities (4:00), and are now 9-9 (100%) on the penalty kill in the last three games. New York has now registered a point in 13 of 17 games (11-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal.
– The Rangers out-shot the Penguins, 35-27, including a 14-4 advantage in the third period.
– Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves through regulation/overtime and stopped two of three in the shootout, while appearing in his 500th career NHL contest. He is now 16-13-3 overall, including a 4-7-2 mark on the road this season. He has now allowed two or fewer goals in each of the last nine games (5-2-2, 1.63 GAA, .941 Sv% over the span). Lundqvist became the fourth goalie in franchise history to appear in 500 contests as a Ranger, joining Mike Richter (666), Lorne Worsley (582) and Ed Giacomin (538).
– Rick Nash notched a goal and a game-high, seven shots on goal in 22:48 of ice time. He has now tallied six points (four goals, two assists) in the last six games.
– Derek Stepan tallied an assist, five shots on goal, and led all forwards with 24:06 of ice time. He has now recorded 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in the last 19 games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in the last three contests.
– Steve Eminger was credited with a team-high, five hits in 13:01 of ice time.
– Michael Del Zotto was credited with a team-high, three blocked shots in 26:08 of ice time.
– The Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow, Apr. 6, at PNC Arena (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of a back-to-back road set.
– Prior to tomorrow’s contest, the Blueshirts’ morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at PNC Arena. Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella will be available to the media following practice.