The Pittsburgh Penguins have been sluggish enough to earn Bronx cheers at home so far tonight, but Marc-Andre Fleury is a big reason why they’re only down 2-0 to the New York Rangers heading into the third.
That manageable – if still troubling – gap was maintained thanks to Fleury’s sprawling save on Derek Stepan:
Call it half skill and half luck (or something like that), but the Penguins aren’t that far from making a game of this in the final 20 minutes of regulation, and they can thank Fleury for some of that hope.
So much for the mental edge?
The Pittsburgh Penguins have gone a long time without a shot on goal against the New York Rangers in Game 3, and the road team has a 1-0 lead when Keith Yandle and Carl Hagelin combined to make the Penguins pay for a really bad line change:
Yikes Part 2.
Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein will remain out of New York’s lineup tonight as the series moves to Pittsburgh for Game 3.
Klein has been out sidelined with an arm injury since March 11 and according to Andrew Gross of The Record, Klein will miss his 19th game tonight.
The 30-year-old travelled with the Rangers to Pittsburgh, but has yet to skate in a full practice with his teammates.
The Rangers are expected to hold a full morning skate today at Consol Energy Center.
Prior to suffering the injury, Klein was having a career year offensively with career highs in goals (nine) and points (26) in 65 regular season games.
Puck drop tonight is at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
A quick look at what games will be on what channels in tonight’s Stanley Cup playoff action…
Rangers at Penguins, 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
After earning a split at New York’s MSG on Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins look to take their first series lead in Game 3 tonight. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby recorded his first multi-goal playoff game since Game 1 of the 2013 playoffs – he had just one goal in 13 postseason contests last year. The Rangers, who owned the league’s best road record during the regular season, will look to retake the lead in the series at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center. New York was 28-11-2 away from the garden during the season and won 15 of its last 18 road contests. Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire will have the call.
Blues at Wild, 8 p.m. ET on CNBC
The St. Louis Blues hope to build on Vladimir Tarasenko’s first career playoff hat trick as their series with the Wild shifts to Minnesota knotted at one. Tarasenko’s three-goal performance led the way for the Blues in Saturday’s 4-1 victory. The Wild went 12-5-0 on home ice after acquiring goaltender Devan Dubnyk on Jan. 14, but dropped three straight at Xcel Energy Center to close out the regular season.
Ducks at Jets, 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN
For the first time since 1996 the city of Winnipeg will host an NHL playoff game tonight as the Jets look for the franchise’s first postseason victory. Third period penalties have hurt the Jets in the first two games of the series. Ryan Getzlaf scored the insurance marker on a power play in Game 1 giving the Ducks a 4-2 win and Patrick Maroon scored the game-tying goal with Andrew Ladd in the box in Game 2.
Sidney Crosby was slow to get up after being involved in a collision with Carl Hagelin during the third period of Game 2, but the Pittsburgh Penguins captain remained in the game.
Is it enough to cause concern for Crosby, who has a history of concussions and missed 68 games after being on the receiving end of a similar hit in the 2011 Winter Classic?
Crosby had a big game for the Penguins, scoring twice to bust his personal playoff slump in their win over the Rangers on Saturday to even the series.
Afterward, Crosby said he was caught in the jaw but thought the collision might have been accidental, as per Tom Gulitti of The Record.
“I don’t know what hit me, if it was shoulder, stick, his head. It could have been anything,” said Crosby.
“Just two guys collided. That’s basically what it is,” he added.