NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Pittsburgh
(Saturday, November 17th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jason Strudwick scored 1:40 into overtime as the New York Rangers downed the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, at Mellon Arena.
In the extra session, Paul Mara skated into the Pittsburgh end down the right side and dished a pass between the legs of Brooks Orpik to the low left side where Strudwick redirected the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury for the win.
"I don't think there's a guy in our organization that doesn't think wonderful things for Jason," said Rangers coach Tom Renney. "It was a very big two points for us against a terrific team."
Michal Rozsival scored a pair of goals in the second period while Daniel Girardi also lit the lamp for the Rangers, who have won five straight and nine of their last 10.
Henrik Lundqvist finished the game with 20 saves for New York, which started out the season 0-5-1 away from New York, but just completed a four-game road swing with wins in all four games.
New York got all four of its goals from the defense.
Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to 19 games with a goal and an assist while Fleury made 22 saves in the loss for the Penguins, who have dropped five of their last six.
Crosby has a point in every game this season except for the opener and now has 11 goals and 19 assists on the campaign.
"Out of 82 games you're gonna have a few games where the defenseman is gonna win the game for you," said Petr Sykora, who had a goal in the contest. "This was one of those nights. Obviously they scored those four goals. I felt that in the second period we let them back in the game."
The Rangers bounced back from a tough first period with a three-goal second period to take the lead.
Less than a minute in, Brandon Dubinsky fired a shot from the left circle that Fleury stopped. Dubinsky gloved down his own rebound, skated behind the net and from the deep right boards snapped a pass to Rozsival, who one-timed it from the top of the right circle into the net.
Skating shorthanded, New York tied the game. On the transition, Sean Avery skated down the right side and dished the puck to Rozsival, who again used the one-timer to beat Fleury over the glove for his sixth goal of the year at the 4:05 mark.
The Rangers then took the 3-2 lead with a power-play goal. Fedor Tyutin blasted a shot from the slot that Fleury stopped. Petr Prucha grabbed the rebound in front and slid it back to Girardi, who snapped a shot from the low left circle between the pads of Fleury with 1:25 left in the middle session.
Lundqvist rebounded from a rough first stanza and made eight saves in the second.
New York did a good job of shutting down the potent Pittsburgh offense for most of the third period, as the Penguins didn't get the first shot in the stanza until there was just a bit over nine minutes to play.
However, the Penguins were finally able to get some pressure in the Rangers end and tied the game. A dump-in hit off the back glass and the puck popped out front. Several players took swipes at the disc during a scrum in front with Sykora backhanding it past Lundqvist with 5:32 to play, sending the contest to overtime.
The Penguins took the initial lead on a shorthanded tally. With Ryan Malone in the box, Crosby caused a turnover in his own end and skated up ice. Crosby took the puck down the right wing and from the low right side flicked the puck over to Maxime Talbot, who tapped the puck past Lundqvist 5:51 into the contest.
Crosby made it a 2-0 game three minutes later as his shot from a sharp angle on the right side hit off the back of Lundqvist's right leg and into the net.
Fleury stopped all 11 shots he faced in the first period.
The Rangers host the Islanders on Monday...The Penguins wrap up their four- game homestand on Wednesday against New Jersey...New York's Scott Gomez, who finished the game with an assist, extended his points streak to nine games and has a pair of goals and 10 assists during that run...Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin had an assist in the contest and extended his point streak to 13 games. He has five goals and 15 assists during his run...New York stopped a three- game losing streak in Pittsburgh.
11/17 23:06:15 ET