New York Rangers Fall To Penguins in OT: Lundqvist, McDonagh Choke (Highlights)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his game tying goal at 19:04 of the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 17, 2017 in New York City. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins stole one in overtime from the New York Rangers on Tuesday Night at Madison Square Garden

  • New York Rangers (1-5-1) 4
  • Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-1) 5
  • NHL, Metro, Final Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Evgeni Malkin capped off a four-point evening by scoring 58 seconds into Overtime Tuesday night to give the Penguins their second straight win, while the Rangers watched their losing skid extend to four games (0-3-1). Everybody’s favorite NHLer (sigh), Sidney Crosby, scored the tying goal on Henrik Lundqvist late in the third with a bank shot from behind the net.

A night in which the offense seemed to have found some sort of groove it was the supposed “King of NY” who had a less than stellar performance. A goal from the behind the net, although fluky, is quite simply inexcusable. Twenty-eight saves on 33 shots is not a good night for someone who’s thought to be an elite goaltender.

Nor was it a spectacular night for “top-pair defenseman” Ryan McDonagh, who was a -2 on the evening. Something has to give here.

If we want to search from positives, we can look to getting goals from someone other than Zibanejad. David Desharnais picked up his first of the year, while Pavel Buchnevich also tallied his first of the year. J.T. Miller and Michael Grabner also found the back of the net. Again, hopefully, is a sign that the sleeping secondary offense has somewhat awoken.

A nice play by these two. Desharnais showing off speed to compliment Grabner’s (A hard feat) and making a great give and go pass.

Buchnevich’s goal was an absolute rocket off a broken play, however, don’t discredit the little pass by Mika over to Buch. Crosby at the time was in the box serving a double minor for high sticking Jimmy Vesey.

Oh my this caption makes me sick. Lucky play, but with under a minute, Hank needs to be sharper.

And a tough play for Mac here. Considering all the factors though, if he gets this pass through somehow, he’s springing two guys down on a 2 on 1. A game of inches so they say.

Listen to what some of the players had to say after the game.

Neal Purcell has a tremendous passion for New York Rangers hockey and the sport of hockey in general. A graduate of SUNY Cortland in Upstate NY, Purcell coaches both a high school hockey team and a travel team in the winter. Purcell is also a part of a small family business in the Central New York Region.