Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Power Outage

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Power Outage

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NEW YORK - It was the worst possible combination for the Rangers.

Sidney Crosby's game awakened and the Rangers' power play was a momentum-sucking nightmare, save for one, inspired, two-minute stretch.

"Tonight wasn't what we needed," center Derek Stepan said. "We can't play that way in the playoffs and have too much success."

So the Penguins tied the first-round series at a game apiece as it heads back to Pittsburgh for the next two with a 4-3 win in Saturday night's Game 2 at Madison Square Garden. Game 3 is Monday night at the Consol Energy Center.

"They played better than us for two periods," right wing Mats Zuccarello said. "I don't think we got up to our standards. Everyone has got to step it up."

Which is what Crosby, who had just one goal in his past 19 playoff games, did by scoring twice.

Meanwhile, the Penguins were 2 for 4 on the power play, scoring on their first two, while the Rangers went 1-for-7 and are 2-for-12 in the series. The Rangers took 13 of their 26 shots on Marc-Andre Fleury on the man-advantage as their 5-on-5 play could not match the Penguins'.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 18 shots.

"My comment on the power play is we have a group of guys that have frustrated themselves and we just have to go out and get some good mojo going and find a way to pop a couple in and relax a little bit on it," said Stepan, who scored the Rangers' first goal.

"We've got a lot of guys who are gripping the stick and there's no need for that, especially now."

"Obviously 1-for-7 isn't good enough,'' coach Alain Vigneault said. "They scored two, we only got one. We were better in the third, I thought, on the power play, but they ended up making us pay."

The Rangers' power play finally converted on its sixth attempt after Blake Comeau slashed Marc Staal at 1:44 of the third. Derick Brassard knocked in the rebound of Zuccarello's shot - shots six and seven of that particular man-advantage - to cut the lead to 3-2 at 3:16.

But Chris Kunitz, getting to the crease, made it 4-2 with a power- play goal at 9:41.

It remained a two-goal edge until Rick Nash made it 4-3 with 5.1 seconds remaining and Lundqvist off for an extra skater.

"We didn't spend enough time in their zone, like we did in the first game," captain Ryan McDonagh said. …

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