Penguins Lose First of Home-and-Home
NEW YORK – Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard and John Moore injected instant offense just hours after being acquired by the Rangers, and New York scored a season-high three power-play goals in a surprisingly dominant 6-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
Clowe came to New York on Tuesday night in a trade with San Jose, and Brassard was part of the package New York received on Wednesday in the deal that sent star forward Marian Gaborik to Columbus right before the NHL trade deadline.
Clowe scored two goals – after netting none for the Sharks in 28 games this season – and added an assist, and Brassard had a goal and three assists for the Rangers, who scored three times in the first period and never looked back. Brian Boyle and defenseman Ryan McDonagh added goals, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 shots in the Rangers’ highest-scoring game of the season.
Lundqvist moved into second place on the Rangers’ career wins list with 268.
Moore, a defenseman also acquired in the trade for Gaborik, also scored his first goal of the season at 9:17 of the third to push the lead to 6-1. Brassard and Boyle both notched their third assists of the game on the goal. Before Wednesday, Boyle had only one goal and one assist in 31 games this season.
Pascal Dupuis scored in the second period for the Penguins, who lost for the second consecutive night after 15 straight victories, two shy of tying the NHL record.
Marc-Andre Fleury, who replaced shelled start Tomas Vokoun in the Penguins’ 4-1 home loss to Buffalo on Tuesday, played the duration on Wednesday and made 33 saves.
The Penguins (28-10) were again without captain and NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby, who missed his second straight game and is out indefinitely because of a broken jaw.
Pittsburgh also made some noise before the deadline by acquiring center Jussi Jokinen from the Carolina Hurricanes to help offset the loss of Crosby. Jokinen wasn’t in the Penguins lineup.
After killing off an early penalty to McDonagh, a power play that produced Jarome Iginla’s hard drive off the goal post, the Rangers took advantage of Chris Kunitz’s slashing penalty at 8:36 when Boyle scored his second of the season.
Dupuis netted the Penguins’ lone goal only 34 seconds afer Brassard made it 4-0, but the Penguins couldn’t build momentum off of it.