NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at NY Rangers|
(Saturday, October 25th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Pittsburgh 2 (SO)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Fredrik Sjostrom scored the lone shootout
goal, as the New York Rangers came back to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2,
at Madison Square Garden.
After two scoreless rounds in the shootout, Sjostrom skated in and beat Marc-
Andre Fleury on a forehand-to-backhand deke. Henrik Lundqvist then denied
Sidney Crosby's backhand offering to seal the win.
Markus Naslund registered a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who have won
six straight against the Penguins at home. Nikolai Zherdev's late third-period
tally sent the game to overtime and Lundqvist made 27 saves.
"It was just amazing for us to come back," said Sjostrom.
Crosby and Darryl Sydor scored in regulation for Pittsburgh, which had its
three-game winning streak halted. Fleury allowed two goals on 44 shots.
Naslund cut the Penguins' lead to 2-1 at the 5:09 mark of the third period.
Jordan Staal went off for hooking and Pittsburgh cashed in on the power play
seven seconds later, as Scott Gomez took a feed from Chris Drury before
centering the puck to Naslund at the edge of the crease and the veteran
forward beat Fleury through the five-hole.
"We've got to do the job," said Pittsburgh head coach Michel Therrien
of protecting a lead. "We can't keep backing up."
In the waning moments of regulation, Lundqvist was pulled for an extra skater
and Crosby's bid for the empty net bounced wide. Zherdev then took a backhand
pass from Naslund, skated down the right wing and snapped a wrister over
Fleury's glove, tying the score with nine seconds to go.
Sydor scored first for the Penguins, snapping a puck from the left point that
pinballed off a pair of Rangers and beat Lundqvist 9:04 into the contest.
Crosby put Pittsburgh up 2-0 with 4:01 remaining in the second period. Alex
Goligoski let go a slap shot from the top of the right circle that trickled
through the pads of the Rangers netminder. Crosby, stationed at the side of
the net and with a defender on his back, was able to bang home the loose puck.
Thirty-seven seconds later, the Rangers were awarded a five-on-three power
play for a full two minutes, but failed to convert.
Rangers head coach Tom Renney was back behind the bench on Saturday, one day
after he sustained a concussion when hit by an errant stick during the second
period of New York's 3-1 win at Columbus...Renney also won his 141st game as
the Blueshirts' head coach, tying Roger Neilson for fourth place on the
franchise's all-time coaching wins list...The Rangers went 1-for-5 on the
power play, while Pittsburgh went 0-for-2.
10/25 23:20:59 ET