Crosby, Penguins chase Lundqvist in Garden party, 6-1

Sidney Crosby is congratulated after his second goal against the Rangers. — GETTY

NEW YORK -- There has been considerable buzz around the Rangers this autumn. They've earned the NHL's second-best record. They're faster. Henrik Lundqvist has regained his form. They're a contender again.

Then, the champs showed up in the world's most famous arena. And only one team really mattered.

The Penguins, sloppy and sluggish during much of the season's first six weeks, finally produced a virtuoso performance in pummeling the Rangers, 6-1, Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Some of the numbers were simply astounding: