The Pittsburgh Penguins pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of elimination with a dominating 4-2 win on Wednesday night.
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The Rangers' power play can't do anything right now
Not only is the New York Rangers' power play not scoring goals, extending its current goal drought to an unbelievable 0-for-36 run after an 0-for-2 performance in a 4-2 loss on Wednesday, they're now giving up goals while on the power play. It's so bad that Jeremy Roenick is double face palming on live TV when talking about it. Brandon Sutter's shorthanded goal in Game 4 gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead heading into the third period, and even though it didn't end up being the game-winner, it was a pretty big blow to the Rangers, who came out completely flat in the third period. They looked like a team that has played four games in six nights. The only player that any jump was Chris Kreider, and he was playing for the first time this postseason.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has been putting Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby together on his top line more often in these playoffs and it is paying off in a big way. That line was unstoppable every time it was on the ice and scored two of the Penguins' four goals, including this beauty of a no-look backhanderby Malkin just two minutes into the game. Had it not been for the play of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist -- which was outstanding -- this game would have been even more lopsided.
The Pittsburgh Penguins went all in at last year's trade deadline and brought in big name players Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray. But it was the under-the-radar trade of a conditional draft pick to the Carolina Hurricane for Jussi Jokinen that is still paying off. After a wonderful regular season that saw him score 21 goals to go with 36 assists, he's continued that production into the postseason and on Wednesday scored his sixth goal, tying him with Marian Gaborik for the league lead. The thing is, if Sidney Crosby hadn't suffered a broken jaw just before the trade deadline, creating a need for the Penguins to pick up another center, they probably don't even trade for him.