Pittsburgh Penguins defeat New York Rangers, 8-3

PITTSBURGH - It was hat night at the Igloo, the final cruel joke of a Ranger road trip that began so brightly and then couldn't end soon enough.

John Tortorella called Friday night's stinker in Tampa "probably our worst game we've played all year," and Saturday night's in the Steel City wasn't a great deal better, in spite of the solid second period, in spite of the fact that they made it close briefly in the third. They were just too porous, from the goal crease on out...

The one message John Tortorella spent the weekend repeating is the need for changes around here. Changes in the way some of his Rangers go about their business, changes in the way the NHL administers its rulebook, changes in the direction this Ranger season has taken.

What happened on the ice over the weekend was living proof, the Rangers being routed 5-1 in Tortorella's return to Tampa on Friday, followed by an 8-3 smoking on Saturday in Pittsburgh. The Rangers get ano...