Recchi, Staal lead Penguins over RangersNov 19, 2006 - 3:27 AM
Recchi scored twice and Jordan Staal added the seventh goal of his rookie season as the Pittsburgh Penguins won for just the second time in their last eight games with a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers.
After combining with Jagr to help the Penguins win the 1991 Stanley Cup title, Recchi recorded his first multi-goal game of the campaign for Pittsburgh, which kept Jagr from becoming the 16th player to score 600 tallies.
"(Jagr) is a really tough guy to handle," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "The guys on the ice did a really great job, especially guys like (Josef) Melichar and (Sergei) Gonchar. They played almost every shift against him and they did a great job."
"He's one of the top players in the world and you can't give him time," Recchi said. "You can't give him space. If you do that, he's going to make you pay. We did a terrific job of not letting him get to the middle of the ice and not letting him make plays."
Staal, who netted a goal against the Rangers in Pittsburgh's 6-5 victory on October 12, opened the scoring with 5:18 left in the first period while New York defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh was off for delay of game.
Gonchar's blast from the right point was wide of the net. Rookie Evgeni Malkin's rebound attempt was stopped by goaltender Henrik Lundqvist before Staal knocked the puck inside the left goalpost.
Pittsburgh doubled the margin on a 5-on-3 advantage at 6:56 of the third period. Gonchar faked a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle before slipping the puck to Recchi, who beat Lundqvist on his second attempt.
"It's not a coincidence because we won the game," Therrien said. "Guys on the power play did a great job. Guys on the penalty kill did a great job. I really liked everyone's effort. We rotated the fourth line most of the night. We all got involved and everyone played really well.
Brendan Shanahan ended Marc-Andre Fleury's shutout bid with 9:29 remaining by stealing the puck from defenseman Ryan Whitney, skating in and finding the gap between Fleury's pads. It was his team-leading 15th goal and the 613th of his career.
Like most of his teammates, Shanahan was disappointed with New York's frequent trips to the penalty box.
"There comes a time when you say enough (is) enough," Shanahan said. "We have to be smart about putting ourselves in a position where we can't give the referee the idea that maybe he should call one."
Recchi added an insurance goal with 5:05 remaining by redirecting Sidney Crosby's setup past Lundqvist's right pad for his fourth goal of the campaign.
"Those are big goals for us," Crosby said of Recchi's performance. "He went hard to the net and made some things happen."
Fleury made 23 saves and raised his record to 8-5-1 for the Penguins, who have won both meetings against New York this season.
Lundqvist stopped 22 shots for the Rangers, who committed a season-high 12 penalties and lost for the third time in four contests.
"I think all the penalties killed us," Lundqvist said. "The special teams were the difference today. They got two goals in 5-on-3 and that is very tough to defend."
"We came out and we thought we had a couple pretty good shifts," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "We were doing what we wanted to do and then beyond that, I guess we thought that this team would fold and give us everything that we wanted without us having to work for it. That wasn't the case."
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