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Penguins 8, Rangers 3 - Final- 11-28-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

PREGAME

Greetings from brisk but clear Pittsburgh. It was in the low 40s most of the day but there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Not a bad day for late November. A few pregame sights. The sun setting on North Braddock:

-The east end of Consol Energy Center:

-The main entrance:

-The glass wall on the west end with the Moon hanging overhead:

-Mellon Arena:

-Downtown Pittsburgh at twilight:

-The ice:

-These are the kind of lame-o but free hats being given out tonight:

(Hopefully there's a hat trick tonight so no one has to wear one of these home.)

-This has nothing to do with hockey, but what the heck is up with Virginia Tech's uniforms these days:

-They have more uniforms than Oregon it seems anymore. Give us the simple Corey Moore days please:

-Some sights around the arena. This might be the jersey of the night. Steve Larmer Rangers:

-The Penguins have allowed Robert Morris to do some promotional work tonight. RoMo, the poorly named mascout of the Colonials is here greasing some palms:

-Robert Morris will be hosting some games after the New Year in this barn:

-Tonight's "Ice TIme" has one slight error. We've corrected it:

-Marian Gaborik has at least one fan here:

-The Penguins' booster club is here selling ornaments and calendars on behalf of the Autism Society of Pittsburgh:

-Zarley Zalapski:

-Jean Pronovost:

-Mario Lemieux Team Canada:

-This might be a jersey foul, but it's probably more or a life foul:

-Red Wings fans!?!!?

-We guess that is a rivalry now.

-Rick Tocchet:

-Greg Malone:

-Warm ups:

-Big time development here. Tyler Kennedy is back in the lineup. He has missed 14 games due to hip/groin ailments.

-The announcement of Chris Bourque as a scratch brings an applause.

-Brian Boyle and Wade Redden are the Rangers' scratches.

-Marc-Andre Fleury and Stephen Valiquette are your starting goaltenders.

-The Penguins honor trainer Chris Stewart for working his 1,000th career game yesterday. He accepts some glassware from Ray Shero and walks to the bench. On the way, Evgeni Malkin skates off the blue line and taps Stewart on the legs.

-Jeff Jimerson dominates:

FIRST PERIOD

20:00: If you're following along at the game, we've been told the shot totals on the scoreboards are malfunctioning. They ought to build a new arena or something.

19:38: Bill Geerin coasts up the left wing with Sidney Crosby on a two-on-one. Guerin elects to shoot but is wide with his release.

19:23: Mark Eaton is nabbed for holding the stick of Chris Drury. Eaton skates to the box pointing at his forehead as if to indicate he was high sticked. EIther that or he's making fun of the official's unibrow. Jordan Staal, Craig Adams, Sergei Gonchar and Brooks Orpik take the ice to kill the penalty.

18:52: Adams swats the puck down ice to kill some time from along the boards.

18:33: As Cooke drops Gaborik with a shoulder check, Alex Goligosk whips a puck down ice to kill time.

17:38: Eaton's penalty was killed. The Penguins allowed very little to the Rangers aht two minutes.

16:21: The Penguins have Crosby on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko.

15:40: Gaborik abuses Goligoski blowing by him with a move ot the outside. He moves in on net but can't push a shot underneath Fleury. Fleury covers the rebound with P.A. Parenteau jabbing at it. Fleury holds it out. Goligoski and other bump Parenteau out of their goaltender's grill. Goligoski looked really slow there. It's tough to depend that type of speed coming off an injury.

15:18: And Sean Avery maks his presence known. Fleury comes out to play a puck. Avery bumps him. That's two minutes for goaltenders interference. Crosby, Malkin, Guerin, Gonchar and Goligoski take the ice.

15:05: Malkin gets the butt-end of Dan Giradi's stick in the face. No call.

14:56: Crosby sneaks a pass form the right wing through the crease to Malkin on the back door. Malkin gets a shot off immediately. Valiquette is able to slide over and eat up the shot. Big save there.

13:57: Malkin collects a loose puck behind the net and tries to sweep it in with a backhander by Valiquette. Valiquette holds it out.

13:20: Staal moves a puck to Letang at the left point. Letang smacks a one-timer. Valiquette makes the save. Kennedy is there the rebound and punches it on net. Valiquette gloves it. Kennedy gets run over bin the slot.

13:18: Avery's penalty is killed. The Penguins' power play looked lightyears better there. The generated some quality chances.

12:24: Off a turnover in the Penguins' zone, Bobby Sanguinetti rips a wrister from the slot. Fleury kicks it out.

11:58: Crosby cuts up ice, blows by Sanguinetti and has a clean run at the net. But he looses control of the puck and it slides in on net.

11:41: Guerin rips a wrister from the slot. Valiquette fights it off with his torso.

11:10: And Goligoski gets burnt again. This time by a defenseman. Marc Staal. Staal takes a pass from Drury on the left wing, abuses Goligoski, blowing by him to the outside. He moves from the forehand to the backhand and chips a wonder backhander over Fleury on the stick side. What an effort by Staal. Goligoski has had a rough first period. It's one thing to have a world-class skater like Gabork blow by you, it's another to have a stay at home defenseman like Staal do it to you. Did Goligoski come back too soon? Drury and Ales Kotalik get assists. Rangers 1-0. And yes...

10:45: Letang taks a pass at the left point, hesitates and and uncorks a slapper on net. Valiquette makes the save but gives up a rebound. Malkin is there but can't get a handle on the puck.

9:37: Adams rips a wrister from the left wing. Valiquette gloves it.

8:41: Fleury denies Gaborik in tight.

7:54: Letang snaps off a wrister from the right point. It hits Crosby and/or Girardi in front and hops on net. Valiquette is still able to fight off the tricky bouncer.

7:43: With the puck behind the cage, Valiquette hugs the left post. But he loses his balance and falls backwards and knocks it off. Nice skating ability.

7:08: Ryan Callahan chugs up ice and smacks a slapper on net from just inside the blue line. Fleury fights it off.

6:04: Gunner Eric Godard whips a wrister on net from the left faceoff circle. It clunks off the outside of the post.

5:46: Off a faceoff, Crosby and Aaron Voros get tied up. Crosby just shoves him to the ice to an applause.

5:23: Crosby outworkds Matt Gilroy for possession of the puck behind the Rangers' net. With help from Guerin, he gets it into the crease. Malkin jumps on it and swats it into the cage by Valiquette's left foot. The Penguins got that goal through plain and simple hard work. Crosby and Guerin get assists. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 1, Rangers 1.

4:52: Gonchar takes a pass on the left point. He tees up a slapper to the far side. It hits Valiquette on the sticks side and deflects wide.

4:13: Cooke slams Michael Del Zotto with a check in the corner with a check that was louder than it acqually seemed.

3:42: Kennedy moves up the left wing and cranks a slapper on net from the the right wing. Valiquette kicks it out.

3:15: The great Martin Skoula smacks a loose puck on net like a one-timer from the left point. Valiquette punches it away.

2:17: (Bob Cole Voice) What. A Shot! Goligoski moves up the ice and gains the Rangers' blue line. He loose control of the puck. Just before it goes offsides, Crosby grabs it and moves in. From the slot, he rips a ridiculously sick wrister that burns Valiquette on the blocker side. That was a sick shot. Goligoski gets the only assist. All he really did was turnover the puck and fall over. Oh well. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 2-1.

1:31: Welcome back Maxime Talbot. Kris Letang zips a pass to Talbot at the red line. Talbot distributes to Crosby on the left wing. As Crosby gives it back to Talbot in the slot in the offensive zone, Godard makes a wonderful play by cutting across the slot from the left wing and drags a defender with him. That creates the space for Talbot to move in all alone. He goes from the forehand to the backhand and sneaks a shot by Valiquette under his left leg. It's his first goal since Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. It puts the Penguins up by two. Crosby and Letang get assists. Godard should get one. The "Hey Song" has to double shift. Penguins 3-1.

1:05: Fleury fights off a wrister by Christopher HIggins on the right wing.

0:50: Fleury boots out a soft wrister by Sanguinetti from the slot.

0:00: As the period ends, a skirmish takes place in the Penguins' zone. It looked like Chris Drury and Mike Rupp were in the middle of it. It ends with Mike Rupp looking like he could pop Avery's head like a zit. Nothing comes of it. End of period. Penguins 3, Rangers 1.

FIRST INTERMISSION

-Early on, this looked like the Rangers' period. They were a tad more aggressive. The Penguins had a few rusty bodies in the lineup and the Rangers seemed to jump on that. The Penguins fought back and took the lead.

-Valiquette looked good early on, but eventually the dam broke and he let in a whole flood of goals.

-Not to rain on the parade, but Goligoski was brutal in the first period. He just looked like he was totally overwhelmed by the speed of the game.

-The Penguins have a 16-13 lead in shots.

-Malkin, Guerin and Higgins each lead the game with three shots.

-Gonchar leads the game with 8:49 of ice time.

-Former Penguin Michal Rozsival leads the Rangers with 8:12 of ice time.

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-The Penguins have a 14-7 lead in faceoffs (67 percent).

-Crosby is 5 for 6 (83 percent).

-Vaclav Prospal is 3 for 8 (38 percent).

-No one has more than one blocked shot.

SECOND PERIOD

19:43: Guerin is nabbed for hooking Avery. Cooke, Staal, Orpik and Gonchar take the ice.

19:01: Gonchar clunks a loose puck behind his net and off the boards and down the ice.

18:19: Callahan rips a wrister from the left wing to the far side. Fleury kicks it out with his left foot.

18:05: Drury smacks a slapper from the left point. Fleury stretches out and gloves the shot.

17:43: As Guerin's penalty expires, Pascal Dupuis moves up ice and gets loose on a breakaway. He approaches the net and roofs a wrister that clunks off the glass behind the net. If only that man had a shot. The Rangers generate a few shots there.

15:56: Attendance is announced as 17,122. It is the team's 131st consecutive sellout. It's actually ten tickets short of being a complete standing room sellout. Where are you ten jerks?

14:56: Off a turnover in the Penguins zone, Higgins chops a slapper from the left point. It totally misses the net.

14:28: Del Zotto rips a wrister from the left point. It hits off something in front and deflects juuuust wide.

14:02: Big-time saves by Fleury there. Drury makes a wonderful redirection off a wrister from the right point. It moves in on net. Fleury makes that tough save with his right foot. Higgins is there for the rebound but can't get it by Fleury. Fleury has bailed out the Penguins early in this period.

12:19: Avery swats a loose puck on net from a tough angle on the right wing. Prospal is in the crease and the puck hit his blade and deflects over the cage.

12:13: Prospal is nabbed for high sticking Gonchar. Crosby, Malkin, Goligoski, Gonchar and Guerin take the ice. 

12:06: Goligoski moves a puck to Gonchar at the top of the slot. Gonchar smacks a one-timer. It hits a body in front and deflects into the corner.

11:17: Gonchar forces a pass from the left wing. Higgins intercepts it, turns and whips the puck down ice.

10:33: Eaton snaps off a wrister from the top of the slide wide.

10:22: Letang fires a one-timer from the half-wall on the left wing. Valiquette stops it.

10:19: Crosby blasts a slapper from the left faceoff circle. It hits a post and clunks out of play.

10:13: Prospal's penalty is killed.

7:52: From the left wing, Dupuis leaves a drop pass for Malkin. Malkin steps up and blasts a slapper on net. Valiquette knocks it down and covers to freeze play.

7:42: Prospal snaps off w rister from the right point. Fleury eats it up.

6:07: Goligoski snaps off a wrister from the right point. It hits a body in front and goes on net. Valiquette fights it off.

5:59: Rupp whips a wrister from the right wing that sails wide and far.

5:27: The Rangers get traffic in fron tof Fleury and narrow the Penguins' lead to one goal. Prospal distributes a pass from the boards to Gilroy at the right point. Gilroy grips and rips a wrister. Avery is in front and is causing all kinds of havoc for Fleury. Gonchar and Orpik don't help matters by trying to each body Avery away. With a three-man screen, Fleury can't locate Gilroy's shot and gets beat on the stick side. Prospal gets the assist. Avery should get one too. He set that goal up perfectly. Penguins 3-2.

4:31: Dupuis takes a pass in the slot and whips a wrister at the cage. It hits Del Zotto in the leg and hobbles him.

3:14: Del Zotto is nabbed for slashing Guerin. Crosby, Malkin, Goligoski and Gonchar take the ice.

2:25: Gonchar slides a pass to Malkin on the half wall on the right wing. Malkin hammers a slapper that hits someone in front.

1:14: Del Zotto's penalty is killed. That was probably the Penguins' worst effort with the power play tonight.

0:05: Orpik moves up the right wing on a last second attempt at a goal. He can't sneaks it by Valiquette on the forehand.

0:00.3: Does that count!??!?! Eaton gets the puck at the left point and smacks a slapper that beats Valiquette on the far side just as the green light goes on. Officials review the video to see if any time was left on the clock. 0:00.3 was actually left. Eat your heart out Bill Guerin. Wow! Adams and Orpik get the assists. A four-letter word is bellowed from the Rangers' management box next to us. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 4-2.

0:00: The teams don't even go out for the faceoff with that little time left. End of period. Penguins 4, Rangers 2.

SECOND INTERMISSION

-Things slowed down that period for each team. We'll give the Rangers the advantage in terms of quality scoring chances. They seemed to get the better quality of shots on net. But the Penguins still have a two-goal lead. Go figure.

-The Penguins' power play looks better, but it still hasn't produced tonight.

-Goligoski and Letang each looked a little better that period.

-The Penguins have a 23-19 lead in shots.

-Higgins leads the game with five shots.

-Malkin leads the Penguins with four.

-Gonchar leads the game with 16:58 of ice time.

-Rozsival leads the Rangers with 15:46.

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-The Penguins have a 25-13 lead in faceoffs (66 percent).

-Crosby is 10 for 13 (77 percent).

-Artem Anisimov is 5 for 12 (42 percent).

-Roszival leads the game with three blocked shots.

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Gonchar leads the Penguins with two.

-EN Reader Megan Kelly spotted this Sergei Gonchar Chelyabinsk Traktor jersey from the old Russian Super League:

THIRD PERIOD

19:27: This game's no where near decide. Michal $*@$@! Rozsival -- as we called him during his time as a Penguin --  gets the goal. Avery digs the puck out from behind the Penguins' net and distributes to Rozsival in the left faceoff circle. Rozsival steps up and smacks a shot by Fleury on the near side. It's Rozsival's first goal of the season. Geez. Fire Craig Patrick. Avery and Gaborik get the assists. Avery really worked hard to set that goal up. He's probably been the Rangers' best player tonight. Penguins 4-3.

19:17: The Rangers almost tie up up immediately after Rozsival's goal Anisimov gets by Eaton off the left wing and pushes a backhander at Fleury's five hole. Fleury closes the gates and holds the puck out.

18:01: Rupp gets denied in tight by Valiquette.

17:45: Malkin dishes a pss to Fedotenko in the right faceoff circle. Fedotenko snaps off a wrister from the right faceoff circle. It hits a stick and jumps into the netting. The faceoff goes to the neutral zone. Fedotenko argues it hit a Rangers' stick. Replays show that to be the case. The faceoff still goes outside the blue line.

16:46: Oh Stephen Valiquette. Please don't handle the puck ever again outside your net. That was brutal. Valiquette tries to play a puck behind his cage. He tries to flick it into the corner but appears to get mixed up by Del Zotto who skates by. Malkin steals it. Valiquette crawls to get into the crease. Malkin tries to bank it off Valiquette but the puck skids across the goal line just resisiting the urge to go in. It slides to Crosby in the corner on the right wing. Del Zotto slides to block Crosby's shot attempt Crosby is able to sneaks a wrister by Del Zotto and a helpless Valiquette from that tough angle. Ouch. Valiquette looked like he was trying to clear a land mine with a snow shovel there. Brutal. Malkin gets the only assist. Valiquette should get four. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 5-3.

13:56: Crosby smacks a slapper off a loose puck from the slot. Valiquette makes the save. Avery went for a high hit on Crosby there but Crosby was able to duck away from it.

12:40: And this thing is just about finished. When Pascal Dupuis blows his luke-warm 45: slapper by you on the near side, the game is over. Dupuis gets the puck at the right point, windes up and sends a slapper at the cage that gets through traffic and beats Valiquette near side. Terrible goal to give up. Orpik and Gonchar get the assists. Penguins 6-3.

-We're not sure who to credit this to. It's been floating around the Web for a while, but this drawing of Dupuis is awesome:

12:21: Cooke absoluely rocked Artem Anisimov with a shoulder check at the Penguins' blue line. He left his feet to land that hit too. Anisimov's helmet pops off. He falls to the ice in a daze. Anisimov recovers to his feet and skates to the bench in distress. He looks to be in a real daze. Cooke gets two minutes for interference. That was a dirty hit. He should be kicked out. Staal, Gonchar, Oprik and Talbot take the ice. The Rangers need to take advantage of this if they have any hope of a come back.

15:46: Valiquette responds with a big save on a nice one-timer attempt by Malkin in the slot. Valiquette is able to slide to his left and fight it off.

11:38: The Rangers try to set up Gaborik down low iwht a cross ice pass from the left wing. THe pass is too fast for him. He's unable to get a stick on the puck and gets tossed out of the crease by Orpik.

10:21: Cooke's penalty is killed.

9:44: During a stoppage, Donald Brashear jumps Cooke trying to get some revenge for the hit on Anisimov. An official gets between them and holds themp apart. Basically, the official was in a two-man bear hug. Brashear gets sent to the box and gets a double-minor for roughing. Crosby, Gonchar, Malkin, Guerin and Goligoski take the ice.

8:58: Off a blocked shot by Crosby, Malkin collects a the rebound, turns and whips it wide of the cage.

8:31: And Highmark hates Sidney Crosby. From the left wing, Goligoski sneaks a cross-ice pass to the right wing to Crosby. From the faceoff circle, Crosby fakes a slapper, pulls his stick down, moves in and snaps off a sick wrister by Valiquette on the near glove side. Valiquette waves his arms up in desperation. Just about all of those ugly hats from tonight's giveaway -- sponsored by Highmark -- rain down onto the ice. We've never seen that many hats for a hat trick. It takes the crews here at least five minutes to clean the ice. Goligoski gets the only assist. The Penguins will still have a full two minutes of power play time to work with. The "Hey Song" is played. Penguins 7, Rangers 3.

-The hats:

8:06: This is just ugly. The puck comes loose at the top of the slot. Letang just steps up and hammers a slapper on net. Kennedy is to the left of the net and redirects it down under Valiquette's glove. Valiquette must feel like a shooter tutor at this point. Officials weren't sure of who to credit the goal to initially so the WWE "KENNEDY!" clips isn't played. The "Hey Song" is played. Letang and Fedotenko get the assists. Penguins 8, Rangers 3.

7:58: And Ryan Callahan finally makes Matt Cooke answer for his hit to Anisimov. They drop the gloves off the ensuing faceoff. They circle each other, square up and lock up. Cooke lands one right. Callahan lands a few of his own. They then hug and wrestle before the officials step in. Monday's game is going to be really interesting. Each player gets five for fighting and 10-minutes game misconduct penalties.

6:14: During a stoppage, Avery shows what a coward he is by jumping Fedotenko from behind near the Penguins' net. Why go after a Fedotenko? Is Avery jealous of his wonderful head of hair? They mostly wrestle and fall to the ice. Avery has a small cut on his nose. Avery gets like 29,342 penalties. Actually, he gets two mintues for instigating, five minutes for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct. Avery actually has to be shoved down the ramp by an offiical. The Penguins get a seven minute power play. As officials sort everything out, the WWE "KENNEDY" clips gets played:

Crosby, Malkin, Goligoski, Gonchar and Gunner Godard take the ice.

4:03: "GO-HOME RANG-ERS! GO-HOME RAN-GERS!" Haven't heard a "GO-HOME ____" chant in a while.

3:33: Jordan Staal lugs the puck up the ice from the left wing and moves in on net with a backhander. Valiquette holds it out.

3:06: Someone in the Rangers' booth, presumably assistant general manager Jim Schoenfeld, is tossing papers and other items around in anger.

2:29: This is awesome. A "Happp-EEEE Birth-DAAYYYY" chant starts for Fleury.

0:05: The Penguins' fans rise to offer a standing ovation.

0:00: End of game. The "Woo-Hoo" song is played. Penguins 8, Rangers 3.

POSTGAME

First things first. Here's John Tortorella on Matt Cooke's hit to Artem Anisimov.

On Anisimov's health:

"He cleared up."

On the Cooke hit and Donald Brashear's attempt at a fight:

"You know, there's a big thing this year, these head shots, huh? To me it's pretty simple. Change the rule book. Some of these guys that go about doing that have no fear at all as far as a little retribution. It'll continue. That's why our game is more violent right now. Because I think guys hide behind that rule book. I'm not sure what's going to happen. He leaves his feet. It's an absolute head shot. Linesman jumps in when someone else is trying to take care of business. That should've been left alone. This is where our game is screwed up as far as I'm concerned. There's just no respect. There's no respect in these type of situations. I think the rule book has a little bit to play with that."

On Monday's rematch:

"We'll be ready to play."

Regarding the hit, Cooke should be suspended for the hit. We don't know what the NHL will do. The only semblence of logic the NHL seems to have regarding disclipline is: Star players = No discipline. Non-star players = discipline.

-Cooke left his feet and targeted Anisimov's head. He should've been kicked out of the game and he should face supplementary discipline based on his history. He's a dirty player, plain and simple and he did a dirty thing tonight.

-Regarding the game, the Penguins haven't had one like that in quite a while huh? Amazing what happens when you get three of your regulars back in the lineup. They scary thing is, the Penguins probably didn't even play their best game and still blew out the Rangers. But they kept it simple. They got pucks on net, went to the cage and just overwhelmed Valiquette. Imagine if the Penguins had Chris Kunitz in the lineup.

-Okay, maybe it would've been 7-3. Zing!

-We know they were scored following the double-minors to Brashear, but the Penguins' power play got two goals tonight and was 2 for 7. It's a start.

-Crosby was obviously terrific tonight. (No duh.) He got lucky one one goal and absolutely burnt Valiquette on two others.

-Goligoski rebounded after a rough first period. He seemed like he just needed to shake some rust off. He had 21:16 of ice tiem and recorded two assists.

-Letang was solid all throughout. He didn't appear out of place defensively and was involved in the offensive zone quite a bit. He had 18:04 of ice time, recorded two assists and as a plus-2. He also got three shots on net.

-Kennedy seemed like he was a little slow at first but he eventually warmed up. His tip in goal was pretty dazzling. He had 13:20 of ice time and finished with one goal but was a minus-2. He was physical as he was credited with five hits.

-Tortorella said he never thought about pulling Valiquette for Henrik Lundqvist. He apparently wanted Lundqvist to get some rest at all costs.

-We know it's kind of hard to say Fleury played well in a game in which his team gave him eight goals of offensive support, but he did. Don't forget, this game was very much in doubt after Michal Rozsival scored to open the third.  He held off a little bit of a push by the Rangers following that goal and allowed his team to team to reign terror on Valiquette and pour it on. And the three goals Fleury gave up were really weren't terrible ones to give up. Marc Staal made a wonderful move on Goligoski and had a clean shot on net. Avery had a wonderful screen to set up Matt Gilroy. And Roszival had a one-timer from inside the faceoff circle.

-Tortorella said his team will be ready and will be focused for Monday's rematch. We'll see. This is a team with a couple of loose cannons like Sean Avery and Aaron Voros.

-The Penguins had a 33-25 lead shots.

-Christopher Higgins led the game with six shots.

-Crosby and Malkin led the Penguins with five shots each.

-The only Penguins skaters who failed to record a shot on net were Goligoski and Godard.

-Gonchar led the game with 25:18 of ice time.

-Rozsival led the Rangers with 23:05.

-FIre Craig Patrick.

-The Penguins dominated faceoffs, 35-20 (64 percent).

-Crosby was 15 for 20 (75 percent).

-Callahan was 6 for 14 (43 percent).

-Rozsival led the game with four blocked shots.

-Fire Craig Patrick.

-Gonchar led the Penguins with two.

-Not sure what was up with ENver Lisin, but he was essentially benched even though he dressed. Tortorella admitted he would've scratched Linsin if he had another healthy forward.

-Crosby's hat trick was his second of the season. He had three goals in a 6-1 defeat of the Candiens, exactly one month ago. It was his fourth career regular season hat trick, fifth overall.

-His five-point outburst was the second best single-game total of his career. His career best was a six-point effort (one goal, five assists) in an 8-4 rout of the Flyers, Dec. 13, 2006.

-As we mentioned earlier, Talbot's goal was his first since:

-Eaton's goal was his first game-winner since 2003-04. While with the Predators, he had the deciding goal in a season-opening 3-1 defeat of the Mighty Ducks, Oct. 9, 2003.

-Somehow, Jordan Staal managed to find a way to stay off the score sheet and be a minus-2.

-Gonchar moved past Aleksey Morozov for 32nd place on the team's all-time scoring list. Gonchar has 221 points to Morozov's 219.

-Talbot moved past Milan Kraft for 91st place. Each player has 82 points, but Talbot (43) has more goals than Kraft (41).

-Kennedy moved past Ian Moran for 110th place. Each player has 63 points, but Kennedy has more goals (31) than Moran (19).

-Fleury's win was the 14th of his career against the Rangers. The Flyers (16) are the only other team he has beaten more in regular season play.

-Game summary.

-Event summary.

-Highlights.

 

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