Evgeni Malkin’s Overtime Goal Gives Penguins 5-4 Victory Over Rangers


NEW YORK — Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal 3:42 into overtime on the Pittsburgh Penguins' 55th shot at Henrik Lundqvist, and the Penguins outlasted the New York Rangers 5-4 on Thursday night.

Malkin, who earlier in the overtime advantage struck a goal post and was robbed by Lundqvist's outstretched glove save, finally got a puck past the goalie when his drive from the left circle bounced in off Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky. It was the third Penguins goal that went in off a Rangers player.

The Penguins held the Rangers to 16 shots overall and only one after the second period. Pittsburgh went 5-1 against their Atlantic Division rivals this season.

The 50 saves were a career high for Lundqvist, who stopped 45 shots in a 1-0 shootout loss to New Jersey on Jan. 12.

Defenseman Wade Redden's hooking penalty 1:45 into overtime set up the winner. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma called a timeout before the power play started.

Backup goalie Brent Johnson earned the victory, despite stopping only four shots in place of ineffective starter Marc-Andre Fleury.

Fleury saw his first action since Feb. 14. He allowed four goals on 12 shots and was gone with 7:11 left in the second period after Dubinsky's shot hit the post and then caromed in off the goalie's back to give the Rangers a 4-2 lead.

Chris Drury, Artem Anisimov, defenseman Michal Rozsival and Dubinsky scored for New York. Rozsival's first goal in 38 games gave the Rangers a 4-2 lead they couldn't hold.

Lundqvist was victimized by three goals that went in off teammates, including Alex Goligoski's bad-angle shot that hit Marc Staal's skate with 8:01 left in regulation.

New York was outshot 19-1 in the third period, and didn't record a third-period shot on Johnson until Olli Jokinen's drive with 4:37 remaining. Lundqvist faced more shots in every period than Fleury saw in the game. He made 13 saves in the first and 15 more in the second.

Chris Kunitz, Jordan Staal and Mike Rupp also scored for Pittsburgh.

Fleury's rough night started early when a seemingly simple shot by Anisimov from the left circle beat his glove 2:17 in. His teammates appeared to sense it was a bad goal. Sergei Gonchar, Malkin, and Pascal Dupuis all skated back to tap his pads in support.

The Penguins wiped away that deficit on goals by Kunitz and Staal 3:55 apart that pushed Pittsburgh in front 2-1 at 9:58. Kunitz's goal came during the first half of a 5-on-3 power play.

Pittsburgh gained the initial advantage when Marc Staal was whistled for interference on Sidney Crosby. Lundqvist jawed at the Penguins captain behind the net and then received a cross-check to the chest from Crosby. Dubinsky rushed in to deal with Crosby to create a big scrum.

It wasn't the only time that Lundqvist and Crosby exchanged jabs. After Lundqvist made a glove save early in the third period, Crosby gave Lundqvist a slight slash as he skated. Lundqvist returned the shot with a wave of his stick.

Crosby, who scored the gold-medal winning goal for Canada on Sunday, was met with derisive chants, calls of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" and boos throughout.

Rozsival's slashing penalty created the two-man advantage that Kunitz capitalized on at 6:03 of the first that tied it at 1. The Rangers killed off the rest of the power play, but fell behind on Jordan Staal's goal at 9:58 that went in off New York forward Brian Boyle. A brief video review upheld Staal's 17th goal of the season.

Drury got that one back with 5:21 left in the first with a power-play goal from his knees and his back to the net. 

The Rangers were without leading scorer Marian Gaborik, who is believed to have a groin injury sustained during the Olympics. … Right wing Bill Guerin and recently acquired left wing Alex Ponikarovsky (visa issues) were scratched by Pittsburgh. … Both teams tapped their sticks on the ice and against the boards when the U.S. four-man bobsled team that won Olympic gold was shown on the videoboard. … Rozsival's other goal this season was scored on Nov. 28 at Pittsburgh.

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