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