Sunday, November 19, 2006

Penguins 3 - Rangers 1: No Soup for Jagr!

Sidney Crosby had another pair o' points (two assists) and the Penguins denied ex-Penguino Jaromir Jagr of his 600th career goal in a solid 3-1 win over the Gotham City Rangers.

Sidney broke the 20-minute barrier once again with 21:43, finishing with 2 assists, a +1, and a horrible 6-18 on faceoffs.

The Pittsburgh Penguins disappointed Jaromir Jagr twice on the rink he used to call home.

Mark Recchi scored two goals, and the Penguins' defense shut down Jagr and the New York Rangers with a 3-1 victory Saturday night.

Jagr, one goal away from 600 in the NHL, often looked frustrated and lethargic and was booed with each touch of the puck. He was limited to three shots and one quality scoring chance.

"Jagr's one of the top players in the world, and you can't give him time or space," Recchi said. "We did a terrific job of not letting him get to the middle of the ice. Our defense had really good pressure on him, and that's really important when you play these guys."

Recchi's goals doubled his season total, 18-year-old rookie Jordan Staal scored his seventh, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves. But that was overshadowed by the defensive work of Sergei Gonchar and Josef Melichar, who were matched against Jagr on nearly every shift.

"They did a really great job," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said.

New York was held to 11 shots through the first two periods, 24 overall.

"They're dangerous, and not just Jagr, so we knew we'd have to stay disciplined," Penguins forward Sidney Crosby said. "You've got a much better chance of success if you concentrate on your own end, and that's what we tried to do."

Full game recap here.

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