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Mike Sullivan Addresses Media After Penguins' Loss to the Rangers

Published March 17, 2024 at 11:39
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So, after that 6-3 win against San Jose, the Pittsburgh Penguins were feeling pretty good. Then, St. Patrick's Day weekend rolled around, and it seemed like the luck of the Irish wasn't with them. The Penguins took a tough hit, falling 7-4 to the first place New York Rangers at PPG Paints Arena.

And with the Detroit Red Wings defeating the Buffalo Sabres 4–1, and the New York Islanders notching a point in their 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators, the playoff picture got a bit bleaker for the Penguins, leaving them seven points shy. It adds serious urgency to their next game against Detroit on Sunday.

Mike Sullivan Addresses Media After Penguins' Loss to the Rangers



Drew O'Connor summed it up pretty well, saying,
It's frustrating not winning. We want to win. Obviously we knew this was a big one and we came up a little short. But we'll try to bounce back for tomorrow. We got another big game tomorrow we got to get ready for.




Head coach Mike Sullivan made a move, bringing in backup goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic to replace Tristan Jarry after Blueshirts defenseman K'Andre Miller scored on a shot from the point off a goalie giveaway to make it 6-3 early in the third period. When asked about it, Sullivan said:

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I just thought if it was early in the third period, it would give Ned an opportunity to get a little bit of work here going into tomorrow.


Now, the consensus from the coach and players? The game turned on a couple of Rangers power plays in the second period. Lars Eller put it simply:

I think we generally competed well today. I think it was one of our best games in a while.


That's true as ,there were some highlights. John Ludvig and Bryan Rust got on the board, and Eller evened the score at three in the second period with a beauty of a power play goal. Unfortunately, penalty kill was overmatched by New York's potent man-advantage. Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin, who had two goals and five points were on fire, and the Penguins just couldn't keep up, trailing 5-3 after two periods of play.

Although, they outshot the Rangers 16-7 in the third, they couldn't solve Jonathan Quick enough to get themselves back into the contest. Quick registered his second win of the season in the Burgh, recording a shutout in an 1-0 win on November 22nd. Overall, as Sullivan put it,
We had a lot of good looks. Give their team credit. They've got a lot of skill. They're opportunistic with the chances they get. They finished on them.


It was a tough loss, but there's always another game to bounce back!
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