Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after allowing four second-period goals in the New York Rangers' 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more
- 4:22 NYR Rick Nash (power play); Assists: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello
- 2:02 PIT Scott Wilson; Assists: Phil Kessel, Nick Bonino
- 4:58 PIT Sidney Crosby; Assist: Ian Cole
- 10:12 PIT Kessel; Assist: Bonino
- 12:57 PIT Crosby; Assist: Kris Letang
- 16:42 PIT Conor Sheary; Assists: Crosby, Carl Hagelin
- 13:05 PIT Matt Cullen; Assists: Justin Schultz, Eric Fehr
- The only thing that convinced me that the second period wasn't just a replay of the first round last year was the 90th anniversary patches on the Rangers shoulders. It was a brutal period and, overall, tonight was a flip of Monday's game where the Pens started well and the Rangers took over. This was the opposite of that in every way. The Rangers went from one of their best overall wins of the season on Monday to easily, easily their worst loss of the season.
- Henrik Lundqvist wasn't strong in the second period and with him getting pulled it was, again, an unpleasant flashback to last year's playoffs.
- It's such a strange thing that this game was really almost the exact opposite of Monday. When the Penguins went up 1-0 on Monday I figured we were in for the kind of game that tonight turned out to be. Instead the Rangers rallied on Monday, made a comeback and had a great win.
- Tonight the Rangers were good in the first period, scored on the PP, killed off a big penalty and were the better team. Then the Penguins just went to a level where it seemed like the Rangers weren't even playing the same sport.
- When it was 2-1 Pens the Rangers had 4 straight minutes of PP time and couldn't convert. That was their last real chance in this game and while Matt Murray made a few really nice saves, the Rangers needed to find a way to score.
- Then there was the third period and Sam Rosen continually reminding us that the Rangers had not had a shot on goal until there was 3:45 left. The Rangers, for the first time this season, really looked defeated in the third and never even attempted a comeback.
- Next up is Philly on Friday where pretty much anything will be better than what the Rangers did in the second and third tonight.
What's next: The Rangers face the Philadelphia Flyers on the road Friday at 1 p.m. ET.