Sidney Crosby scored on a deflection at 4:30 of overtime and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 Sunday night in a potential first-round playoff preview.
Matt Cullen and Phil Kessel also scored for the Penguins, who have won eight of nine. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves.
Eric Staal scored twice for New York, which had won three straight. Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast assisted on both of Staal's goals. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots.
Derick Brassard was called for high-sticking with 1.4 seconds left in regulation to give Pittsburgh a power play in the extra period. But the Rangers killed it off before Kris Letang's wrist shot from the point ricocheted in off Crosby in front.
- A frustrating/annoying game for the Rangers. They had two leads, got some nice bounces with the puck hitting the iron and not the net and then they killed off that PP in OT. It seemed, after the Rangers killed the PP in OT, that things would swing their way and they had a couple of chances but couldn't convert.
- For the most part the Rangers played well, certainly well enough to win in a game that got very tight and playoff like as it went on.
- Eric Staal picked up two goals and that line with him, Kevin Hayes in the middle and Jesper Fast clicked nicely. 3 for 10 combined, Staal and Hayes, on faceoffs though.
- These two teams are pretty even and it's not definite but it seems likely that they will meet in the first round. That will be a grueling series and, like most potential Ranger match ups, seems destined for at least 6, probably 7 games. This isn't the same Penguin teams as the past couple of years. They are fast, aggressive and seem to be on the same page for once. The Rangers can play them tough and will certainly need more guys to step up and put pressure on the Pens.