"I popped my head up, I saw Sid streaking, the defenseman in an awkward position. I'm trying to hit him with some speed, and it was pretty exciting when he was able to finish it," Bortuzzo said. "When he's hollering, you get it to him."
Said Bylsma about the play made by his 25-year-old defenseman: "He showed a great deal of patience, brought that back and delivered it -- a long stretch pass to Sid as he was going right in flight. You kind of double-check to see what the number was. Great play."
Making it worse for the Rangers, it came on the heels of a successful four-minute penalty kill for the Penguins. Similar to the way Jussi Jokinen's goal, when he scored coming out of the penalty box, followed another goalless Rangers power play. Absolutely deflating for New York.
One Crosby goal, one stretch pass by Bortuzzo and the entire focus of goal-scoring droughts shifts to New York. It shifts to the Rangers' ineffective power play. The inability to beat Fleury, a goalie who appears to be building confidence with each perfect game.
It shifts to the lack of consistent scoring by the Rangers' big guns, Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis. Now, they're the ones answering questions and dealing with the additional pressure that comes with failed expectations.
Crosby's teammates will tell you that he never outwardly let his lack of goal scoring frustrate him. Not from what they saw. But the celebration suggested that the frustration might have existed.
"There was a smile after he put that in that I haven't seen in a while," Niskanen said. "That's good for him."