|The Penguins opened the game at full speed. They were pressuring, pursuing and attacking the puck. They were establishing their forecheck in the offensive zone and struck first for a 1-0 lead on Sidney Crosby’s 40th goal of the year. |
The Rangers took advantage of two positional mistakes by the Penguins to take a 2-1 lead. A fight between Matt Cooke and Rangers captain Chris Drury helped motivate the Penguins.
Pittsburgh battled back strong and tied the game with a power-play goal (Crosby’s second of the game), thanks to Cooke drawing the penalty. The Penguins and Rangers traded scoring chances for the rest of the third period.
The Rangers prevailed on an outstanding shot from Olli Jokinen, but the Penguins still netted a point to remain two behind New Jersey for the Atlantic Division lead.
|WHAT HAPPENED |
|PITTSBURGH (AP) - Olli Jokinen scored at 1:02 of overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night. |
|SHOT OF THE NIGHT |
Sidney Crosby and Bill Guerin celebrate after tying the game in the third period
(photo by Getty)
|What Went Well: Penalty Killing |
Not only did the Penguins penalty killing units shut down the Rangers power play, but Pittsburgh generated more scoring chances shorthanded than New York did with the man-advantage. Pascal Dupuis had two great opportunities, one streaking down the near side and the other a one-timer from the slot. Craig Adams got a slap shot on net after a three-on-two rush for Pittsburgh.
What Could Have Gone Better: Overtime
The Penguins fought back to even the score in the third period and nearly won the game late in the third frame with a flurry around the New York goal in the final minute. But in the extra session it was the Rangers that prevailed with the victory. Nonetheless, Pittsburgh still walks away with a point.
|Sidney Crosby’s scoring spree continued as the captain set a new single-season career high in goals after netting his 40th and 41st of the season. Crosby’s previous high mark was 39 – set in his 2005-06 rookie campaign. Crosby scored both of Pittsburgh’s goals on the night and because of his conversions, the Penguins grabbed a point in the standings. |
|SCORING SYNOPSIS |
|The Penguins netted the game’s first goal seven minutes into the opening frame. Evgeni Malkin intercepted a New York clearing attempt and pushed the puck to Bill Guerin in the far corner of the Rangers zone. Guerin found Sidney Crosby between the circles and the Penguins captain buried a one-timer through Henrik Lundqvist’s five-hole for his 40th goal of the season – a new career high. Pittsburgh 1, New York 0. |
The New York evened the score a minute into the second period. Chris Drury made a strong backhand pass from the near corner to Brandon Dubinsky in the slot. Dubinsky immediately snapped a shot into the far side of the goal. Pittsburgh 1, New York 1.
The Rangers took the lead halfway through the second frame. Wade Redden’s breakout pass allowed New York to enter the zone with a two-on-one opportunity. Artem Anisimov got the puck ahead to Vinny Prospal streaking down the far side. Prospal roofed a shot for the score. New York 2, Pittsburgh 1.
The Penguins tied the game with a power-play tally four minutes into the final period. There was a mass of bodies in the far corner of the New York zone. Dan Girardi made a blind clearing attempt that Sergei Gonchar intercepted at the midpoint. He ripped a low shot that Crosby re-directed into the top of the net for this second tally of the game. Pittsburgh 2, New York 2.
The Rangers won the game on Olli Jokinen’s goal 62 seconds into overtime. Jokinen carried the puck across the blue line and snapped a shot into the goal. New York 3, Pittsburgh 2.
|INTRIGUING NOTABLES |
|Rangers super star Marion Gaborik was a game-time decision after suffering a deep laceration above his knee at Tuesday’s practice. Though he did start the game, he left after playing only 4:02 and did not return. |
There was a great fight between Matt Cooke and Rangers captain Chris Drury. The two collided along the boards in the neutral zone. They both dropped the gloves. Cooke took Drury down and then delivered a series of blows before Michal Rozsival jumped into the skirmish.
Brent Johnson started in net for Pittsburgh but left near the end of the second period with a lower-body injury. Marc-Andre Fleury entered the game and made 16 saves to help the Penguins earn a point in the standings.
|GAME NOTES |
|> Pittsburgh is now 36-22-3 on the season with an 18-10-2 mark at Mellon Arena. |
> Scoring Summary:
PIT, S.Crosby (40), 6:42 1st period: Penguins 1, Rangers 0
NYR, B.Dubinsky (13), 1:28 2nd period: Penguins 1, Rangers 1
NYR, V.Prospal (13), 9:44 2nd period: Rangers 2, Penguins 1
PIT, S.Crosby PP (41), 3:53 3rd period: Penguins 2, Rangers 2
NYR, O.Jokinen (13), 1:02 OT: Rangers 3, Penguins 2
> The Penguins are now 4-0-1 against the Rangers this season, and are 7-0-1 in their past eight meetings. Pittsburgh is 15-0-3 (including playoffs) against the Rangers in their last 18 home games.
> The Penguins are now 54-25-7 in the regular season since head coach Dan Bylsma took over. They have a record of 28-11-3 at Mellon Arena.
> Pittsburgh has successfully killed 44 of its last 51 shorthanded situations (86.3 percent).
> Either Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby have figured in on 31 of the last 34 goals for Pittsburgh.
> Sidney Crosby scored his team-leading 40th goal of the season to set a new personal career high. He now has 16 goals and 26 points in his last 17 games. Crosby has points in nine of his last 11 contests for a total of 18 points (10G-8A).
> Evgeni Malkin extended his season-long scoring streak to 12 games. He now has 21 points (8G-13A) over that span.
|THREE STARS ||QUOTE OF THE NIGHT |
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|1. O.Jokinen |
|“I want to put pucks in the net. That is part of my role. I am definitely happy I have been scoring.” |
- Sidney Crosby