After beating the division-leading New York Rangers, 3-2, on Monday night at Madison Square Garden, the Penguins (4-6-5) have now won three out of the four games, all against their division opponents, with one game left against the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday.
Mario Lemieux scored in the first period, Sidney Crosby got his fifth of the year through the five-hold with two minutes left in the second and Ziggy Palffy made it 3-0 early in the third. Palffy had a chance to make it 4-0 with the Penguins’ first penalty shot of the year at 5:54 but Rangers goaltender Kevin Weekes made a right pad save on his shot to make Palffy 0-for-4 lifetime on penalty shots.
“There isn’t one coach that wants to make the decision that Andy [Reid] had to make,” he said. “Not one. Sometimes you have to make huge sacrifices to become a team, and maybe you win and maybe you don’t. But it’s a terrible feeling when you are not together.”
“He was moaning and (complaining) and I didn’t want to hear anymore,” Stirling told Newsday. “Nothing else to say. It’s about keep your mouth shut and work … It’s a distraction. So why not get rid of the distraction for the hour so we can get some work done? And we did.”