Sidney Crosby is without a doubt set to be remembered as the gold child of his generation, but so far it has been his teammates and not him that have done the talking with their goals in the first two games of the new NHL season. On Jan. 20, 2013, the Pittsburgh Penguins traveled to the legendary Madison Square Garden to face off against Eastern Conference opposition in the New York Rangers.
The Rangers had fallen hard in their opening game of the season against the Boston Bruins and were hoping to find some better luck on their home ice against the visiting Penguins. However, that was not to be the case at the Pens put three past Henrik Lundqvist in the opening period.
An opening goal in the first two minutes from James Neal put the Penguins up 1-0 before Ryan Callahan brought the Rangers level just before the half way point of the period. But, it would be all Pittsburgh from there.
Both Tyler Kennedy and Matt Niskanen scored in the last five minutes to end the first 3-1 to the Penguins and the second period saw Pascal Dupris give the visitors a 4-1 lead heading into the final 20 minutes.
The Rangers came out determined to at least win the third period and they did score twice through Taylor Pyatt and Rick Nash but their two goals were book-ended by two Penguins goals from James Neal and Kris Letang.
It was a long night for the Rangers and looks to be a tough opening two nights to rebound from while the Penguins are off and running with an excellent way to start to the season.
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