Just because some fans quit on teams the minute it seems like there might be trouble, doesn't mean professional players also have no pride. Likewise, I doubt Mark Messier and company could give second's thought to some Russian child/upcoming #1 draft pick who is young enough to be his son.
Players play to win.
(Some) fans exist to dream up conspiracy theories and hope for their team to lose so they can collect "the next great thing."
The Pens scored seven because their coach has kept on a group of inexperienced players to play hard ALL THE TIME. That and because half of NYR's roster is new, so it takes some time, you know? This is not the WWF, where outcomes are rigged. The sport deserves more respect than that.