NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Pittsburgh
(Friday, February 12th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Pittsburgh 2 (OT)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Olli Jokinen scored the game-winning goal 1:02 into overtime, as the New York Rangers edged the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, at Mellon Arena.
Jokinen also had an assist for the Rangers, who had lost seven in a row against Pittsburgh coming into Friday. Brandon Dubinsky and Vinny Prospal also lit the lamp for New York, which got 25 saves from Henrik Lundqvist.
Rangers star forward Marian Gaborik was in the starting lineup after missing Wednesday's tilt with a laceration on his right leg. However, Gaborik lasted just a few shifts before calling it a night. New York also lost defenseman Michael Del Zotto to an injury on Friday, as the blueliner collided with Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin early in the first period and fell on Malkin's skate with the side of his abdomen.
Sidney Crosby scored both of the Penguins' goals. Crosby now has a career-best 41 goals on the season. Brent Johnson turned aside 20-of-22 shots before leaving late in the second with an undisclosed injury. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 16-of-17 shots in relief for Pittsburgh, which has lost three of four.
Just over a minute into overtime, Jokinen charged down the right side of the ice and made his way between the circles before firing a wrister past Fleury for the victory.
Crosby's power-play goal at the 3:53 mark of the third deadlocked things at 2-2. Sergei Gonchar's slapper from the point was beautifully deflected in front by Crosby.
Neither team scored the rest of the frame, sending the contest into OT.
The Penguins drew first blood at the 6:42 mark of the first period. Bill Guerin slid a pass to the slot for Crosby, whose slapper beat Lundqvist.
Dubinsky lit the lamp at the 1:28 mark of the second to tie things up. Chris Drury slid a no-look pass from behind the net to Dubinsky, whose wrister got past Johnson.
The Rangers took a 2-1 edge on Prospal's score at the 9:44 mark. Artem Anisimov led a rush down the right side of the ice before passing off to Prospal, who fired a wrister into the back of the net.
Lundqvist stopped all six shots that he faced in the second.
The Penguins were without forwards Maxime Talbot and Eric Godard due to groin injuries...The Rangers acquired forward Jody Shelley from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2011 draft...Crosby, in his fifth NHL season, scored 39 goals during his rookie campaign...The Rangers beat the Penguins for the first time since January 5, 2009. New York won in the Steel City for the first time since November 17, 2007...Pittsburgh leads the season series with New York, 4-1...Malkin had an assist to extend his points streak to 12 games, a run in which he has eight goals and 13 assists.
02/12 22:37:03 ET