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Round 1, Gm 3: Penguins at Rangers

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Cullen making veteran impact for Penguins

Forward's winning goal in Game 3 vs. Rangers is microcosm of Pittsburgh tenure this season

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Matt Cullen was in the right place at the right time for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. He capitalized on a fortuitous bounce and scored the game-winning goal at 4:16 of the period to give the Penguins a 3-1 win against the New York Rangers.

The goal was a microcosm of how Cullen, 39, has contributed to Pittsburgh's success all season. A veteran of 18 NHL seasons and playing for his eighth NHL team, Cullen was an unheralded acquisition last summer when the Penguins singed him to a one-year, $800,000 contract. The signing was a move that gave Pittsburgh depth at center behind Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bonino, but one that's paid off better than anyone could have imagined.

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Murray makes playoff debut, helps Penguins win Game 3

Rookie goalie finishes with 16 saves against Rangers in first appearance since April 9

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Matt Murray picks up game 3 win

Pens G Murray beats Rangers in playoff debut

Penguins rookie goaltender Matt Murray addresses the media following Pittsburgh's 3-1 game 3 victory over the New York Rangers at MSG

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NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray stood in front of his crease, in a dark arena illuminated only by the LED wristbands every fan received. His head was moving left and right, stopping for a second at each turn. Murray was doing what you'd think he'd be doing, what any 21-year-old rookie goalie should be doing in the moments before starting his first Stanley Cup Playoff game.

"I was looking around at all the blue lights there during the anthem," Murray said, "just saying to myself, 'This is it, you're in the playoffs, in the NHL.' Really cool moment."

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Instant analysis: Rangers vs. Penguins, Game 3

Penguins goalie Murray, power play step up to give Pittsburgh 2-1 lead over New York

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Penguins defe atedthe New York Rangers 3-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

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Murray, Cullen lift Penguins by Rangers in Game 3

Rookie goalie makes 16 saves in playoff debut; Pittsburgh takes 2-1 series lead

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Rookie goalie Matt Murray made 16 saves in his first Stanley Cup Playoff start, and Matt Cullen scored 4:16 into the third period to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-1 win against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Murray's win came less than a week after teammate Jeff Zatkoff won his playoff debut in Game 1. The Penguins became the first team in NHL history to have multiple goaltenders win his playoff debut in the same series.

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Coach's Challenge: PIT @ NYR - 12:56 of First Period

Original call is overturned, no goal Rangers

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Situation Room: PIT vs. NYR, Gm3

Situation Room: Rangers' goal overturned after review

R1, Gm3: After a coach's challenge, the officials determine that the Rangers were offside and Chris Kreider's goal is overturned

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At 12:56 of the first period in the Penguins/Rangers game, Pittsburgh requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether New York was off-side prior to Chris Kreider's goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that New York's J.T. Miller was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, "The standard for overturning the call in the event of a 'GOAL' call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an "Off-side" infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed." 

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Murray starting in goal for Penguins in Game 3

Replacing Zatkoff against Rangers at Madison Square Garden

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Goalie Matt Murray led the Pittsburgh Penguins onto the ice for warmups, an indicator he will start against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, ROOT, MSG).

This will be Murray's first appearance since he was injured April 9 in after a collision with Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn.

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Five keys for Rangers vs. Penguins, Game 3

Goalie situation unclear for Pittsburgh; neutral zone pivotal

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins play Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round Series on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, ROOT, MSG). The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1.

Here are five keys for Game 3:

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Rangers' McDonagh playing in Game 3

New York captain in lineup against Penguins; missed five games with hand injury

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh is in the lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

McDonagh missed the first two games of the series and five in a row with a right hand injury. The Rangers captain replaces Dylan McIlrath, who made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 2.

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Murray 'is an option' for Penguins vs. Rangers

Goaltender could see action for Pittsburgh; Rangers' McDonagh may return

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Game 3: PENGUINS at RANGERS

Eastern Conference First Round

Best-of-7 series tied 1-1

TV: 7 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, ROOT, MSG

NEW YORK -- Mystery and intrigue continue to surround the Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltending situation.

Though goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was ruled out of Game 3 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, rookie backup Matthew Murray is available for the first time in the series.

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Brady doing a bunch for Rangers

Rookie defenseman Skjei filling McDonagh's shoes against Penguins in first postseason action

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Somehow the coolest and calmest guy in the New York Rangers dressing room is the only one who would be given a pass if his head were spinning and his mind racing.

Through two games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Rangers rookie defenseman Brady Skjei has the look of a player who has been here and done that even though he's 22-years-old and hasn't been anywhere or done much of anything in the postseason.

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