PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Penguins were unable to stop the streaking Rangers, losing 3-1 Friday night at CONSOL Energy Center.
New York’s Henrik Lundqvist had 37 saves.
Ben Lovejoy, set up by Joe Vitale and Craig Adams, scored the lone Penguins goal for the night at 5:43 in the first period.
“We got some quality scoring chances,” Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said. “Lundqvist did make some big saves, but we’ll play that game a lot like that over again and keep playing that way.”
From there, Brad Richards, Brandon Dubinsky and Derek Stepan each scored on Marc-Andre Fleury who managed 18 saves.
Former Penguin Mike Rupp had a knee-to-knee collision with Jordan Staal who needed to be helped off the ice.
Afterward in the locker room, Dan Bylsma said he didn’t have any information on Staal’s injury.
The Penguins fall to sixth in the Eastern Conference.
“It is frustrating, but we’ve been in this situation before,” Lovejoy said. “They’re a very good team. There’s a reason they’re in first place and I think that, I think that we played right with them and we had three mistakes and they capitalized.”