Michael Grabner scores again as New York Rangers beat Pittsburgh Penguins (Highlights)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) moves the puck ahead of Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

After quickly falling behind 2-0, Michael Grabner and the New York Rangers fly back to knock off Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  • New York Rangers 5 (14-5-1, 29 pts)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (11-5-3, 25 pts)
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  • The Igloo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Speed, speed, and more speed. This is what we expected heading into Monday night’s game between the high-powered offenses of the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The two teams did not disappoint.

Early on it was all Pittsburgh. More specifically, it was all Jake Guentzel who not only picked up his first NHL goal during his very first NHL game, he did it twice against Antti Raanta. The first one came at the 1:02 mark early on (on a short-side shot Raanta would love to have back) and the second 13:12 into the opening frame.

As hot as the Pens were early is as furious as the Blueshirts comeback became.

At the 4:51 mark of the second period, Rick Nash capitalized on a loose puck in front of Marc-Andre Fleury to net his eighth of the season:

Then, a little under 10 minutes later, that machine known as Michael Grabner did it yet again. He tallied his 12th of the goal of the season to tie things up, now tied with Sidney Crosby and Patrik Laine for the NHL lead:

The game-winner came via the shorthanded variety as the two best friends that anybody can have teamed up again. Kevin Hayes looked for J.T. Miller and it worked without the latter even realizing:

12:46 into the third, Hayes added one to make it 4-2 after Ryan McDonagh made a tremendous play keeping the puck in the zone and eluding a Pitt defender. This was Hayes’s ninth of the season. 

Derek Stepan added an empty-netter with 1:23 left. While he was looking to make a pass from his own zone, the puck found its way into the unattended net.

Raanta — starting in place of Henrik Lundqvist who was hard at work on Sunday night — stopped 29 of 31 Penguins shots. McDonagh finished a +5 in the game while his partner, Dan Girardi, finished +4.

This was a gritty, offensive show New York put on against one of the better teams in the NHL. This is especially the case coming off the terrible injury news surrounding Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich. Furthermore, they completed the comeback on the second night of a back-to-back situation.

New York is now four points clear of the Penguins in the Metropolitan Division. Next up will be these very same Pens on Wednesday night at the Garden.

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