What does it say when the most remarkable things about a tilt with the Rangers are:
- Mark Recchi had 2 goals
- The Pens' division record is now 7-1-0
- It took something like 10 minutes to correct the game clock with less than one minute remaining in the third.
Of course, for much of the first period, the scoreboard alternated between reading "PENGUINS" vs. "RANGERS" and "penguins" vs. "devils". Chalk it up to Crappy Old Mellon Arena. At least the lights stayed on.
As is tradition in Pittsburgh, Jaromir Jagr was booed every time he touched the puck. Other former Penguins get much less hostile greetings: A small cheer for Marty Straka, an indifferent isn't-he-due-for-his-annual-shoulder-injury? reaction to Michal Rozsival, and a loud groan when Darius Kasparaitis was scratched. Yeah, we really miss Kaspar that much.
Final Score: Penguins 3, Rangers 1, number of times a referee skated between the ref's crease and the benches during that damn clock delay: Um, I lost count.
- Mark Recchi (2G)
- Sidney Crosby (2A)
- Sergei Gonchar (2A)