Good evening, dear readers.
Not a lot more to say about the Penguins’ 3-0 win at the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
The local club has won six in a row against the Rangers, and is on a 9-2-0 run at Madison Square Garden.
The local club is also 4-1-0 on the road during this truncated NHL season. Those wins came against playoff teams from last season.
What a baffling start for the Penguins, who are 4-0 against playoff teams and 0-3 against clubs that missed. That is a trend.
D Brooks Orpik summed up this victory best:
“I don’t think we gave up an odd-man rush until the mini 3-on-2 we gave up with two minutes to go.”
The Devil – You Know What To Expect – is next, Saturday at Consol Energy Center. A big game, as early on, New Jersey, is still, well, New Jersey.
= Do not discredit this victory.
The Rangers were looking like a club beginning a roll.
Instead, they found nothing against the Penguins.
Rangers D Marc Staal talked of the Penguins as though the were The Devil.
“They sit in that neutral zone and they just kind of wait and hang out. … We couldn’t really find any speed through the offensive zone or on the rushes.”
Uh, yeah – clip that one and save it for a later date.
Makes a certain blog author glad he focused on the defense in his GAME STORY: http://triblive.com/sports/nhl/3379155-74/penguins-rangers-boychuk#axzz2JcDEQKxt
= LW Zach Boychuk is a Penguin.
He might play with C Evgeni Malkin and RW James Neal, HC Dan Bylsma said Thursday.
Hey, anything is worth a shot, right?
The NOTEBOOK examines that waiver claim, and a curious comment about LW Eric Tangradi from GM Ray Shero: http://triblive.com/sports/nhl/3379155-74/penguins-rangers-boychuk#axzz2JcDEQKxt
= Josh Yohe will have the club Friday, as somebody is sticking around The City.
Why stay away from Pittsburgh, the dear readers may ask?
Uh, it’s The City!
Actually, there is a reason, and you can read all about it in the Sunday Trib.
Follow Josh via Twitter: @JoshYohe_Trib for all your Penguins coverage through Saturday.
Catch up with everybody on Sunday from Washington, D.C.
(Somebody doesn’t have to watch the Super Bowl. That said somebody wore the winner’s colors during his Root Sports Pittsburgh Penguins Pregame Show on Thursday.)