The Pittsburgh Penguins showcased their ability to rebound this weekend after their dismal loss to the New York Rangers last Tuesday night in New York.
The Penguins seven game winning streak and span of consecutive penalty kills came to an abrupt end last Tuesday night when they went into New York and left leaving their score sheet blank for the first time this season. The Rangers had beaten the Penguins in all aspects of the game from physicality to pass efficiency and scoring.
Though that game was the worst performance by the Penguins so far this season, the team had rebounded in full force when they made their visit to Toronto Friday night to play the Maple Leafs. The Penguins had not only out-shot and out-hit the Leafs; they had also shut the door on the Maple Leaf’s power play unit six times.
The end result of this performance was a 2-1 victory to prepare the Penguins for another matchup against the Rangers the following night.
The Saturday night contest between the Penguins and the Rangers was probably one of the most exciting and intense hockey games to be played in the NHL this season.
There were flashy saves by both Marc-Andre Fleury and Henrik Lundqvist as elite players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Martin St. Louis, and Dan Boyle swarmed around both goaltenders, trying to get the puck into the back of the net.
The result of 60 minutes of hockey was a 2-2 tie between the Penguins and the Rangers which would give both teams a point and force an overtime period. During the overtime, both Fleury and Lundqvist continued to be the star players they are; making save after save in every fashion.
Lundqvist had to make two breakaway saves; one against Sidney Crosby at the start of the overtime, and another against Kris Letang in the final seconds of the overtime period.
On the other side of the rink, Fleury was tested numerous times during a four-on-three power play for the Rangers. To keep the puck out of his cage, Fleury lost his stick, rolled around on the ice, and flailed his glove hand around.
After another exciting and grueling five minutes of hockey, the horn sounded and the score remained 2-2 which resulted in the teams playing hockey’s greatest spectacle; the shootout.
Entering the third round of the shootout, the score was tied at one score per team thanks to Sidney Crosby and Derek Stepan. In the third round Letang missed and Dan Boyle appeared to have scored and won the game for the Rangers.
The players had skated off the ice and the fans began heading for the exit when the arena’s horn had sounded in an attempt to grab everyone’s attention. In the confusion, a few players returned to the benches and some fans had retuned to the seats waiting for the referees to break from their conference.
After reviewing Dan Boyle’s shootout attempt, the referees discovered that Boyle had double-hit the puck, which allowed him to score on Fleury. According the NHL rulebook in section 24.2, “No goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind.” This caused the goal to be revoked and the game to continue.