The supposed high-powered offense of the Rangers continued to flounder as New York fell to Pittsburgh, 1-0. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots to earn his first shutout since last March. The game’s lone goal came 44 seconds into the second period, when Evgeni Malkin beat New York’s Henrik Lundqvist on a power play, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
This offseason New York added high-profile free-agents Chris Drury and Scott Gomez to an already potent offense that includes Jaromir Jagr, but the team has struggled, averaging only 1.86 goals-per-game. On the flip side, the Penguins have been led to a 5-3-0 start by their core of homegrown, ultra-young stars like Malkin, 21, Jordan Staal, 19, and captain Sidney Crosby, 20.