Colin Blackwell, who had started the day with three consecutive games since being recalled from the cab roster earlier this week, sustained an upper body injury midway through the first period and never returned for the rest of the Rangers’ 5 -4 Loss of overtime for the penguins.
« I didn’t see it, » said coach David Quinn after the game. « We’re not sure about his status yet. »
Blackwell, who was denied another goal at the beginning of the first half due to a good chance, didn’t play the last 9:13 of the period after being in the Room had gone.
Kaapo Kakko was pushed to shift shifts on the second line in Blackwell’s position on the right next to Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome before the lines were later mixed up.
The Rangers did introduced their new power play units for the second game in a row and after generating plenty of chances with their first three chances, Saturday used the man advantage to score an 8-0 drought in the last three games. </ The new first session, in which defenders Adam Fox and Tony DeAngelo joined Panarin, Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich, was on the ice for Panarin's power play goal late in the second half.
Jacob’s second session Trouba, Chris Kreider, Alex is Lafreniere, Strome and Kakko also got more work than in their first game together on Thursday, when the Rangers finished the power play 1: 5 on Saturday.
« I think both units give you a little different look », said Quinn. « It’s a small sample size, but we just think we need to mix up the two units somehow. »
Defender Jack Johnson missed his second straight game with a groin, and Brendan Smith continued to take his place alongside DeAngelo. Smith was benched for the entire third period after being on the ice for each of the penguins’ first three goals. « Just a decision we made with Smitty, » said Quinn.
Kevin Rooney scored his first goal as a Ranger on a shorthanded strike to end the game at two in the second half. Rooney and K’Andre Miller split for a 2v0, with Miller providing a perfect pass for Rooney’s give-and-go.
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