NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Pittsburgh
(Saturday, November 25th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 2, Pittsburgh 1 (OT)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Martin Straka scored the game-winner with 2.2 seconds remaining in overtime, lifting the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena.
The overtime drama opened with a near-miss for Pittsburgh just 33 seconds in. Henrik Lundqvist, who was between the pipes for New York, skated out of the net and it appeared Evgeni Malkin would score, but the rookie's backhand shot nicked off the right post and went wide of the net.
Jordan Staal also took a penalty shot with 1:20 remaining after being hooked during a breakaway by Ranger defenseman Fedor Tyutin. Staal tried to beat Lundqvist with a series of moves, first looking at the five-hole before losing the puck when he switched to a backhand shot.
Straka finally prevented the game from going to a shootout with his tally. He started the play in the neutral zone, corralling the puck and faking out Nils Ekman before gaining the blue line and dropping a pass to Jaromir Jagr. The winger promptly dished to Michal Rozsival, who sent the puck down low for Straka, already on the doorstep of the crease. Straka finished off the bang-bang play by tipping the disc past Marc-Andre Fleury.
"It was four-on-four," said Jagr, describing the goal. "I was just holding the puck, waiting for their defense to come on me. Rozsival made a nice pass across to Marty (Straka) for an empty-net. That's great."
Jagr also notched his seventh goal in his last six games-played for the Rangers, who have won three straight.
Malkin had the only tally for the Pens, who have dropped three straight.
"I think we were tired (but) I think we played a solid game," said Staal. "We played the system, worked our way at it and got a point, but that's not enough."
Both teams played to a scoreless first period, with each side failing to capitalize on the man-advantage. Three calls were made against the Penguins in the first five minutes, while three were whistled against the Blueshirts in a combined 2:17 later in the period. The end result was 5-on-3 power play time for both sides, but the netminders turned aside all scoring chances.
The Pens finally grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the second on their third 5-on-3 of the contest. Malkin picked up the score, rushing through the slot and getting his stick on the ice to collect a pass from Erik Christensen before using a quick release to elevate the puck over Lundqvist's shoulder.
Jagr tied the game with 7:45 remaining in the third. He deflected a shot from the point, and the puck ricocheted off teammate Jason Ward's skate and shot right back toward Jagr, who buried it in the back of the net.
Both netminders made 28 saves...Malkin leads all NHL rookies in goals scored and points scored on the season...Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby missed his third straight game for with a groin strain...New York will host Buffalo on Sunday, while the Penguins welcome the Islanders on Tuesday.
11/25 23:31:30 ET