Just as it became clear that Rangers would walk away with the win Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, the Penguins turned up the physicality.
Tyler Motte was ultimately the collateral damage of that shift in play during the third period after Pittsburgh winger Anthony Angello landed a thunderous high hit on Rangers’ trade-deadline acquisition. Angello rammed his side into an unsuspecting Motte, who was hit in the head and headed to the dressing room for the rest of the game.
Head coach Gerard Gallant had no immediate update after the 3-0 win.
The Rangers took the hit into question and informed the Penguins for the final period of the game. Smaller scuffles broke out after each of the last few whistle, before tensions boiled over as the final horn blew.
Players from both clubs took part in some extracurricular activities in the corner. Pleasantries were also exchanged around the center ice as the Penguins were to head to the dressing room and the Rangers were due to greet the fans.
“For the most part I think it was tough right up until kick-off,” said Frank Vatrano, who scored his sixth goal as a Ranger in the win. “Then things got a little jagged towards the end there. But I think the three times I’ve played them since I’ve been here, it’s been a playoff game and those are the games you’ll play later. Especially against a team that you might see in the first round.”
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Barclay Goodrow led the Rangers with five goals, but the Penguins ultimately held a 28-22 advantage in that category. In his 400th career game, Goodrow also found himself at the center of some scuffles towards the end of the game.
The intensity was certainly a by-product of Rangers and the Penguins meeting four times in just over a month, but there could also have been some parting messages with a potential playoff series on the horizon.
The Blueshirts won their 30th game against an Eastern Conference opponent, marking the 14th time in franchise history. The last time Rangers accomplished the feat was during the 2015-16 season.
In the last four games, Rangers have been perfect on penalties. After Thursday night’s 3-on-3, Rangers’ PK has beaten the last 12 power plays they’ve faced.
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