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.