NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at NY Rangers
(Monday, March 19th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 2, Pittsburgh 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jaromir Jagr scored with just 33.8 seconds left in the contest to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden.
With time winding down in the contest, Jagr skated the puck into the Pittsburgh end down the right wing and just as he was about to skate behind the net threw the puck out front in an attempt to get it to Michael Nylander. The puck, though, never made it out front as it tipped off of the stick of Pittsburgh's Robert Scuderi and went into the Pittsburgh net.
"I was trying to get it to Nylander and luckily the puck bounced off of a stick and went into the net," said Jagr. "It was a good win. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good."
Blair Betts scored the other goal and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots for the Rangers, who have won two straight and have points in nine of their last 10 games.
With the victory New York now has 81 points and moved into the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Tampa Bay and one point ahead of Carolina.
Michel Ouellet scored the lone goal and Jocelyn Thibault stopped 40 shots for the Penguins, who lost for the first time in regulation since March 2, a span of nine games.
"It was tough to lose a game late the way we did," said Thibault.
Pittsburgh has 92 points and currently sits in the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, tied with Ottawa in points but with one less victory. Also, the Penguins trail the Devils by two points for first place in the Atlantic Division.
It was a scoreless affair heading into the third period, but the Rangers finally got one past Thibault when Daniel Girardi blasted a shot from the right point that Betts redirected into the net just 47 seconds into the frame.
The Penguins, though, tied the game later in the period when Erik Christensen blasted a shot from the left circle that deflected off the stick of a New York player and went right to Ouellet, who buried the puck into the net with 5:42 to play.
Neither side lit the lamp in the first period despite a combined 18 shots, 10 from New York.
Despite 19 shots from the Rangers in the second period, compared to just five for the Penguins, the middle stanza was another scoreless affair.
The Rangers nearly got on the scoreboard six minutes into the second period when Nylander blasted a shot from the left point, but the puck hit off the left post.
Pittsburgh's best chance in the second period came halfway through the frame when Scuderi blasted a shot from the right circle that made it through traffic, but Lundqvist swallowed it up to get the whistle.
The Penguins remain in New York to face the Islanders on Thursday...The Rangers host Philadelphia on Wednesday...Neither team scored on the power play with Pittsburgh having four chances and New York five.
03/19 23:27:43 ET