Sidney Crosby beat Henrik Lundqvist in the 2nd round of the shootout to give the Penguins a 4-3 win over the Rangers Friday night at The Garden. It was the Rangers’ 3rd straight loss, and 8th straight loss at home.
Chris Kreider tied the game for the Rangers, 3-3, with 11 seconds to go in regulation. Then,late in the 3-on-3 overtime, Matt Murray made a spectacular save on Michael Grabner to thwart a 2-on-0 rush up ice for the Blueshirts.
After a scoreless 1st period, Jake Guentzel and Crosby staked the Penguins to a 2-0 lead. With 27 seconds to go in the period, Nick Holden‘s slapshot got past Murray for a power play goal that made it 2-1.
In the 3rd, Bryan Rust took advantage of a Blueshirts defensive mistake and beat Lundqvist for a goal at 6:46 that made it 3-1. About two minutes later, Rick Nash scored a goal for the 5th time in six games, at 8:50, to make it 3-2. Nash took the rebound of a missed J.T. Miller shot and scored his 23rd of the season.
That set the stage for Kreider’s game-tying heroics. With Lundqvist pulled for an extra attacker, Kreider scored his 27th of the season.
Miller had two assists. Holden had a goal and an assist. Lundqvist made 32 saves.
The Rangers [now 46-26-6, 98 pts] host the Flyers Sunday night at The Garden.