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NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Pittsburgh



(Sunday, March 21st)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, NY Rangers 3 (OT)

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Aleksey Morozov scored the game-winning goal with 7.9 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 triumph over the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena.

Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 31 shots for Pittsburgh, which won its second straight game and improved to 7-1-1 in its last nine. It was the second straight overtime winner for Morozov, who beat Carolina with a goal for a 4-3 victory on Friday night.

Lasse Pirjeta, Martin Strbak and Dick Tarnstrom each scored goals for the Penguins. Morozov added a pair of an assists.

Mike Dunham stopped 31 shots for the Rangers, who have dropped six straight games -- three in overtime. Josh Green, Garth Murray and Bobby Holik each scored goals for New York in the setback.

Morozov took a feed from Pirjeta and one-timed a shot from the right circle that beat Dunham stick-side for the game-winner. New York once again was unable to hold a lead late in the contest.

"I know it's too late to make a difference for the playoffs, but we want to keep going to the end and we're looking forward to next season, " said Morozov.

Down 3-2, the Penguins rallied to even the game on the power play. Tarnstrom's one-timer from the left circle beat Dunham stick-side with 1:15 left in the third period. Dunham was very shaky on the day, as he was beaten for several soft goals.

While on the power play, Pittsburgh took the early 1-0 lead on Pirjeta's tally, 5:14 into the first period. Green was whistled off for hooking at 4:55 and the Penguins cashed in just 19 seconds later. Ric Jackman ripped a blast from the point, but Dunham was unable to make a clean save. The puck caromed of the netminder's pad and trickled in front of the cage, where Pirjeta stuffed home the rebound.

"We made some careless mistakes and took some selfish penalties, and that can't happen," New York's Dan Lacouture said. "We came out strong in the third period and battled back, and then we took penalties at the end that obviously cost us the game."

The Rangers evened the contest on Green's third score of the season off a gorgeous feed from Mark Messier. Messier skated with the puck down the left boards and slipped a pass across the slot to Green, who beat Aubin stick-side at 11:28 of the first.

The Penguins regained the lead on Strbak's blast from the point that beat Dunham five-hole, making it 2-1 with 6:50 left in the first.

After a scoreless second period, New York scored two unanswered goals in a span of 16 seconds early in the third to forge ahead 3-2.

Murray lit the lamp for his first of the season on a snap shot from the point, tying the contest at 2-2 with 2:18 gone by in the third.

Just 16 seconds later Holik would give New York a one-goal edge.

Holik gathered a loose puck near the slot, spun around and fired a shot on net. Aubin, who was caught off guard, made the initial save, but the puck fluttered in front of the crease and deflected off the back skate of defenseman Dan Focht, making it 3-2.

Game Notes

Messier has 25 assists on the season...New York finished 0-for-5 on the power play, while Pittsburgh was 3-for-4...Pirjeta added an assist, his 12th of the season...The Penguins are 5-0-1 in their last six home games.

03/21 19:58:40 ET


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