Dan Girardi picks up two assists and delivers four hits in the Rangers’ 2-1 victory Monday night.
PITTSBURGH — Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, who has come under fire during a disappointing season in Pittsburgh, reportedly lost his cool Monday night at CONSOL Energy Center with a local columnist who has criticized the GM on several occasions in print.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi reported that Rutherford exited the media elevator after the Rangers’ 2-1 Game 3 victory over the Penguins and laced into the columnist with obscenities.
“Thanks for your support,” Rutherford reportedly said, adding, “You’re a (expletive) jerk.”
DAN THE MAN
Dan Girardi was one of the best players on the ice for the Rangers in their Game 3 victory Monday night. He assisted on both goals, logged a team-high 26:06 of ice time, had four hits and blocked a game-high six shots.
The defenseman’s pass to Keith Yandle allowed Yandle to set up Carl Hagelin for the game’s first goal, but Girardi credited Yandle for the entire play.
“Yandle’s yelling at me ‘Hold it, you’ve got time,’ because they’re going for a change,” he said. “He did all the work.”
ISN’T THAT SPECIAL
Special teams were a huge factor for the Rangers on Monday after costing them in Game 2. Despite a poor first-period power play with no shot on net, they had four shots on goal on their next man advantage, generating momentum for Chris Kreider’s even-strength goal in the second.
Henrik Lundqvist also stopped a shorthanded chance from Max Lapierre.
The Rangers’ typically stingy penalty kill also rebounded from a rough Game 2, when the Penguins had gone 2-for-4 on the power play. In Game 3, Pittsburgh went 0-for-2 with just two shots, including a harmless 71-foot Ben Lovejoy slapper.
Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash drifted through the Rangers’ first two playoff games without much puck possession. But in Game 3, Derick Brassard’s top-line wingers made a difference.
Zuccarello was credited with eight hits and five shots, winning races and battles with his trademark relentless style. Nash was physical and created traffic at net front and had five shots as well.
With JUSTIN TASCH
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