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Pittsburgh
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47-24-11
New York
Rangers
42-30-10

22 SOG
42 SOG
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game recap

Penguins 6, Rangers 5

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Penguins 6, Rangers 5
Pittsburgh Penguins 6, New York Rangers 5

NEW YORK (AP) -Mario Lemieux already made room in his house for Sidney Crosby. If the kid keeps having nights like this, No. 66 will have to share space in the Penguins' record book, too.

Crosby scored a power-play goal with 3.3 seconds left, tying a career high with four points, and Pittsburgh pulled out a wild 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Crosby fired a pass from the right-wing boards, while Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr sat in the penalty box, that struck New York defenseman Aaron Ward in front and ricocheted in. Earlier, the 19-year-old phenom set up three goals for Pittsburgh, which scored six times on 22 shots.

He has a long way to go to catch his host Lemieux, who retired last season with 690 goals and 1,723 points. But in only 84 NHL games, Crosby's totals are 41 and 108.

"It's nice, but it's just one game," Crosby said.

Jagr was left hanging his head while Crosby happily skated across the ice and looked up at the board to see how timely his goal was.

"I knew it was like five seconds," he said. "The last time I saw it, it was 10, and Rex (forward Mark Recchi) kind of handled it for a while at the top. I just knew I had to get it on net."

If the pass had gone through, Michel Ouellet was ready to steer it in at the left post.

"I could have picked a better position to not line up and block the pass in front of the goalie," Ward said. "I should have stepped out to the side.

"As a defenseman, you don't want to be the catalyst to their goal."

The Penguins allowed only two goals and went 1-1 at home to start the season, each a shutout, before winning their first road game. Pittsburgh had an Eastern Conference-low 10 wins away from the Steel City last season.

Jordan Staal, the No. 2 pick in this year's draft, and Kris Letang each scored their first NHL goals for Pittsburgh, while Ryan Whitney scored his first two of the season and Ouellet added one.

Marc-Andre Fleury allowed goals to Jagr, Matt Cullen, Adam Hall, Michael Nylander - each scoring their second of the season - and Brendan Shanahan but still made 37 saves against the Rangers, who recorded three goals on 18 shots in the second period.

"I asked our guys to find a way to win," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "It got a little crazy, but we got the last shot and we got the win."

After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for six goals in the second with Pittsburgh getting three on seven shots.

"We held the majority of the play," Shanahan said. "We've got some work to do as a five-man unit and we've got some work to do on the special teams."

Whitney gave the Penguins a 4-3 lead 1:01 into the third, again with Jagr in the box. Nylander tied it at 6:09 with another power-play goal, this time on a 5-on-3.

Whitney scored again 53 seconds later, but Shanahan redirected a pass from Jagr in front at 11:12 to make it 5-5 with his 602nd goal, 14th-best in NHL history.

Neither team led by more than one goal and each found the touch on the power play. Pittsburgh finished 4-for-9, while New York was 3-for-9.

Before the Rangers' struggling power play broke out it went from unproductive to detrimental on its fourth opportunity.

Staal broke up Jagr's pass at the Pittsburgh blue line and outraced defenseman Michal Rozsival up the ice on a breakaway. He made a series of forehand-to-backhand shifts and scored against Henrik Lundqvist 3:23 into the frame.

Jagr made up for his turnover 1:22 later, taking advantage of a 4-on-4 situation. It took only 1:50 more for Cullen to give New York its first lead of the night, 2-1.

Cullen, a teammate of Staal's brother Eric last season with the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, rushed the puck through the Penguins zone and squeezed a shot through Fleury's pads at 6:35.

Letang tied it again with Pittsburgh's first power-play goal of the season after 11 failed chances. The Penguins gained a 5-on-3 advantage and needed 20 seconds to make the Rangers pay.

Hall snapped the Rangers' power-play drought with 4:52 remaining in the period, giving New York their second man-advantage goal in 23 chances and a 3-2 lead.

Ouellet got Pittsburgh even 47 seconds later with his second of the season, another power-play goal.

Notes: Penguins LW Nils Ekman played despite a hamstring injury. ... The Rangers selected another Staal brother, defenseman Marc, with the 12th overall pick in the 2005 draft.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:23
PIT
SHG - Jordan Staal (1) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 PIT
04:45
NYR
Jaromir Jagr (2) ASST: Michael Nylander (5)
1 - 1 Tie
06:35
NYR
Matt Cullen (2) ASST: Jason Ward (1), Fedor Tyutin (1)
2 - 1 NYR
09:15
PIT
PPG - Kris Letang (1) ASST: Sidney Crosby (2), Sergei Gonchar (1)
2 - 2 Tie
15:08
NYR
PPG - Adam Hall (2) ASST: Martin Straka (3), Karel Rachunek (1)
3 - 2 NYR
15:55
PIT
PPG - Michel Ouellet (2) ASST: Mark Recchi (1), Sidney Crosby (3)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
01:01
PIT
PPG - Ryan Whitney (1) ASST: Sidney Crosby (4), Colby Armstrong (2)
4 - 3 PIT
06:09
NYR
PPG - Michael Nylander (2) ASST: Petr Prucha (4), Jaromir Jagr (5)
4 - 4 Tie
07:02
PIT
Ryan Whitney (2) ASST: Colby Armstrong (3), Dominic Moore (2)
5 - 4 PIT
11:12
NYR
PPG - Brendan Shanahan (4) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (6), Martin Straka (4)
5 - 5 Tie
19:56
PIT
PPG - Sidney Crosby (2) ASST: Mark Recchi (2), Michel Ouellet (2)
6 - 5 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
03:23
NYR
Jason Ward  Tripping against  Karl Stewart
06:07
PIT
Dominic Moore  Hooking against  Michael Nylander
11:29
PIT
Colby Armstrong  Interference against  Fedor Tyutin
14:24
NYR
Marcel Hossa  Hooking against  John Leclair
17:44
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Hooking against  Michael Nylander
2nd Period
01:45
PIT
Ryan Whitney  Hooking
03:30
PIT
Colby Armstrong  Hooking against  Petr Prucha
04:21
NYR
Matt Cullen  Hooking against  Mark Eaton
07:26
NYR
Martin Straka  Tripping against  Rob Scuderi
08:55
NYR
Brendan Shanahan  Tripping against  Nisse Ekman
13:21
PIT
Sergei Gonchar  Interference against  Jason Ward
15:21
NYR
Aaron Ward  Interference
3rd Period
00:11
NYR
Jaromir Jagr  Hooking against  Sidney Crosby
01:24
NYR
Karel Rachunek  Tripping against  John Leclair
04:23
PIT
Marc-Andre Fleury  Tripping against  Martin Straka
05:02
PIT
Jarkko Ruutu  Hi-sticking against  Jaromir Jagr
10:55
PIT
Colby Armstrong  Hooking against  Jaromir Jagr
18:57
NYR
Jaromir Jagr  Hooking against  Sergei Gonchar
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 42TOI: 59:59
Saves: 37EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 2PP: 13 - 16
SV%: .881SH: 2 - 2
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 22TOI: 59:58
Saves: 16EV: 8 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 12
SV%: .727SH: 0 - 1