Dec. 17th, Games of Importance — Pens fall in Standings

Both New Jersey and the Rangers were in action last night.  The two are of huge concern as far as the standings go in reference to Pittsburgh.

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New Jersey 5 – Buffalo 3

Travis Zajac and, who else, Zach Parise scored in the first period for the Devils to take a 2-1 lead in to the first intermission.  The goal for Parise was his 18th of the year.

Both teams traded goals in the second period, scoring just 0:18 apart from each other.  This made the score 3-2 and it would carry in to the third period.

The Devils added two more to just one by the Sabres and New Jersey cruised to a 5-3 victory.

The win by New Jersey vaults the Devils in to third place in the Atlantic Division with 37 points.  Consequently, it sends the Penguins down to fourth, one point behind the Devils with one game in hand.

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New York 3 – Los Angeles 2 OT

Of all people it was former Penguins Michal Rosival that led the way in scoring for the Rangers and powered them to victory.

The Kings started off strong with a goal from Patrick O’Sullivan on the power play in the first period.  However, the Rangers were able to answer right before the end of the period.  Chris Drury scored his 10th of the season with 0:44 left and carried that momentum in to the second period.

Rosival scored the lone goal of the second period, putting New York ahead 2-1 going in to the third.  Early in the third period, Dustin Brown scored to tie the game 2-2.  That lasted until overtime when Rosival scored his second of the game and fourth of the season with 1:19 left in the overtime period.

With both divisional foes winning, the Penguins are in an even bigger hole coming in to tonight’s game at Atlanta.

Chris | PPT

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One thought on “Dec. 17th, Games of Importance — Pens fall in Standings

  1. Tonight’s game against the Thrashers is as close to a “must win” game as possible, considering it’s a December game against a non-playoff team.

    Fleury is back and that should hopefully get the Penguins out of the slide that’s pushed them into 4th in the Atlantic Division. The rest of the Atlantic keeps winning, and the Pens need to at least keep up.

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