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
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
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.
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