Friday, January 20, 2006

Rangers 4 - Penguins 2: Jerked Around

Sidney Crosby had an inspired effort, but the Penguins, once again, came up short in a 4-2 loss to the new-look Rangers.

Crosby, who finished with 1 goal and 1 assist, was also at the center of a bit of controversy in the 3rd period.

The Penguins appeared to take the lead when Surovy roofed a shot past Lundqvist for a power-play goal. However, the goal was waved off as Crosby was knocked into the goal before the puck went in the cage. He was given a goalie interference penalty as well.

“It was a blur. I was in the net, so I didn’t really obstruct the goalie moving on the goal,” Crosby said. “We’re on the power play, I am not going to try to run the goalie. Their [defenseman] pushed me in and I tried to stop. If you look at it, I tried to stop and my foot clicked his and I went into the goal. I think even when it’s accidental you can still get goaltender interference because you’re in there. On that one, I definitely didn’t expect that.”

Therrien disagreed with the penalty call on Crosby.

“We have the right to believe it was a bad call. It was an impact on [Thursday] night’s game. We don’t think it was the right call,” he said. “You don’t play the same way when you’re ahead. We deserved better regarding the result. We’ve been working hard lately. We played a good game. We’re battling. We don’t have many breaks. To win a game, you need a break. We don’t have a break. You need some calls; we don’t have some calls. It’s tough. It’s tough to swallow. We have a young team and we have some respected veterans. We deserve better.”

The Penguins had chances to win the game after that penalty, but they never seemed to recover.

In total, Sidney played a whopping 22:32, finished with 2 points and -1, and won an amazing 16 of 25 face-offs!! Sidney has really been improving in that area in the past few games, but he still has a long way to go before he hits the 50% mark overall.

The Penguins are now 1-8-1 in their past 10 games and continue their fight with the St. Louis Blues for the worst overall record in the NHL.

Full game recap here.

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