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Rangers cough up two-goal lead, recover to beat Penguins in OT

May 2, 2014, 10:16 PM EDT

The New York Rangers have taken the first game of their second-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, despite coughing up a two-goal lead.

The Rangers, coming off a seven-game series win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Round One, opened the scoring, beating Marc-Andre Fleury on just the third shot of the hockey game, but needed overtime to defeat the Penguins by a final score of 3-2 on Friday.

Derick Brassard scored the winning goal at the 3:06 mark of the extra period. His shot beat Fleury on the stick side, however, because the puck hit up near the crossbar, play was allowed to continue.  Benoit Pouliot buried the puck a few seconds later on a scramble in front of the Pittsburgh net, but, following a review, the goal was given to Brassard.

Here is an explanation from the NHL’s Situation Room Blog:

At 3:13 of overtime in the New York Rangers/Pittsburgh Penguins game, Benoit Pouliot’s shot appeared to end the game. However, video review determined that Derick Brassard’s shot at 3:06 of overtime hit the back bar of the net after it crossed the goal line. Therefore the official winning goal is credited to Brassard at 3:06. Good goal New York Rangers.

Make of this what you will, but that’s back-to-back games to begin the second round in the Eastern Conference, in which the visiting team has taken the first game of the semifinal series. The Montreal Canadiens stunned the Boston Bruins in overtime in their series-opener on Thursday.

The evening didn’t get off to a good start for Fleury, who was beaten twice on 13 first-period shots. New York’s second goal came just after a questionable offside call.

However, the Penguins managed to come back in the second period. Lee Stempniak got Pittsburgh on the board, before James Neal tied the game on a goal the Rangers protested – the thinking was that Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin knocked the puck out of the air with a high stick.

Fleury finished the game with 24 saves, while Henrik Lundqvist, under siege at times through the final two periods, made 34 saves for the win.

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM


    • mangoman1966 - May 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Yeah. But the sorry ass flyers ain’t sround. Poetic justice fool.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Flyers are out your next

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        English please. We don’t have a retard translator around.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        whats sround

  2. killerpgh - May 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    That sucked. Only 1 game on a best of 7. Still plenty of time left. Crosby needs to start scoring goal. -3 this games as well.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM


      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM


    • killerpgh - May 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      And congrats to the Rangers and their fans for a game won victory.

      • cofran2004 - May 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        good to see someone NOT being a poor sport.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 2, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Rags in 4

  3. President Charles Logan - May 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    here come all the golf channel expert flyers fans living vicariously through the eyes of rangers fans now lol

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      And what gives you the right to comment on every page then, Thrasher fan?

      • President Charles Logan - May 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        the fact that im neutral and have no team. im a homeless wanderer . hows the golf swing working for ya’ll?

      • President Charles Logan - May 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        you know 77 you are so serious all the time, the guy that kills the buzz and takes the fun out of all the ball busting on here . mr statistic … mr kool aid drinker. .. mr never seen a cup in his life

      • phillyphanatic77 - May 2, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        Well I’d disagree with the first two names however I can’t deny the third. But then your favorite team was never even in the same arena as the Cup and that would still be true even if they hadn’t bailed (twice). I just get tired of you constantly ripping all things Philadelphia, even on pages that have nothing to do with the Flyers. If you were funny and didn’t try so hard to be a d*ck all the time I wouldn’t reply.

        Also I find your southern, conservative, backwoods, inbred views that hockey is for white men only absurd and idiotic, so it makes me hate your comments even more.

      • President Charles Logan - May 2, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        then dont reply if you wanna make it get this personal .. mick

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Dan Carcillo has more goals than Crosby.

      • President Charles Logan - May 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        i dont like crosby. it’s fine.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        I’m starting to think you are Sidney Crosby.

      • President Charles Logan - May 2, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        damn id have more of a life then sittin on here on a friday night with a bunch of losers

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        Dude, I’m married with kids. This is the highlight of my Friday night.

      • President Charles Logan - May 2, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        good for you ! enjoy family time while you can broad,

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Awww, whats the matter Chucky, got sand in your clit?

    • laxman1944 - May 3, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      Mr. President the word of the day for you is


      You were all over the board when Flyers got knocked off in game 7

      So go stick your head into your arse. What comes around goes around.

      • President Charles Logan - May 4, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        that post made no sense

  4. broadstreetbeatdown - May 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Tonight I will pray for one thing, a sweep by the Rangers. Rags in 4

  5. blueshirtsfaithful - May 2, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    “Crosby” hit the spell check his name is called Cindy!!! 🏊😭

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - May 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Well that’s another playoff OT game lost at home.

  7. cameltoews - May 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Good to see the rangers fight back after giving up the lead. The zuccarello-brassard-pouliot line may be one of the most dangerous of any line in the post season. Who would of thought.

    • cofran2004 - May 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      they’ve been one of the most dangerous lines in the NHL all season. Rangers fans would have thought.

      It’s funny… the rangers were taken down by the bruins last year in part because they couldn’t match the bruins 4th line skill. So they went out and bolstered theirs. At least sather is learning.

      • cofran2004 - May 3, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        and yes, im well aware that the zucc brass pouliot line is the 3rd line. but the moore boyle dorsett line isn’t that bad either. Moore has been excellent this post season as well.

  8. bleedrangerblue - May 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Score!!!! Rangers win!!!!!

  9. billiam55 - May 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    amazing to think how horrific Lundqvist was in the beginning of the season, and the entire rangers team for a matter of fact. impressive game and win by the rangers!

  10. phillyphanatic77 - May 2, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Can all the ppl who ripped Giroux for not doing enough take a look at Crosby and realize NY has made a concerted effort to incessantly hit and knock the oppositions best player off his game? They stick Girardi and Mcdonagh on em as much as possible and allow everyone else to hurt them, as long as it’s not Crosby. He’s had a poor postseason but he’s also played against two pretty tough/physical defensive teams (and excellent goalies) so far. Still -8 and no goals in the playoffs is pretty terrible for #87.

    • billiam55 - May 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      lets not forget number 8 of the capitals.

      • cofran2004 - May 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        he isn’t in the playoffs though. why even bring him up?

    • getinthefastlane - May 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      Man I couldn’t agree more.

      Someone call David Feherty so Giroux doesn’t hurt himself again.

  11. dropthepuckeh - May 2, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Only MAF could let in two goals in a sudden death overtime.

    • orangegesus - May 2, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in awhile…

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 3, 2014 at 4:07 AM


  12. chanceoffleury - May 2, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Yeah, this whole “dig ourselves a hole and make a dramatic comeback” thing has gotten really old really fast. Just come out strong from the drop of the puck and save the heroic comeback moments for when you really need them………like overtime at home. The silver lining is that MAF has traditionally played well against the Rangers in recent years. Not his best night, but I’m too emotionally invested to doubt him now. I’m staying confident he’ll dig deep to find the Fleury that set the Pens franchise shutout record against the Rangers. Gotta tip the hat to the Rangers though. Good game and the king came out strong tonight to set the pace. The Flower’s gonna have to get as close as he can, and hang save for save with him for the Pens to win the series.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - May 2, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      In my opinion I see Game 2 as a must win personally. I know weved played well in the Garden but it’s the playoffs and things can be different. Look at the Boston series.

      • President Charles Logan - May 2, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        please dont say “we” if you’re not a member of the team or the organization

      • jimeejohnson - May 3, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        You must be the President of feces.

  13. drewzducks - May 3, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Al the Pens regulars are no where to be found. 412? The short order cook? Cowards. Probably busy praying for another Bruins loss so they can attempt to find meaning in their worthless lives.

  14. whammy71 - May 3, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Nothing to see here….move along! Mario is just maximizing home playoff dates for profit. Don’t worry – all will be fine!

    • laxman1944 - May 3, 2014 at 10:50 AM


      Suck it whammy

      Rags in 5


    • jimeejohnson - May 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      How’d that parade work out for you last year?

      • laxman1944 - May 3, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        How did getting your ass handed to you AGAIN in the tournament feel douchebag????

  15. arrow43050 - May 3, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    In the playoffs every game is a must-win. I know that. That being said, thoughts on Talbot starting Game 2? Rangers are up a game so it’s not a MUST-WIN must-win game, Talbot has been amazing all year, and with 6 games in 9 nights Hank is going to wear down. I believe Lundqvist started the last 8-10 games of the regular season before the last game when they had clinched so he has gotten a LOT of work over the last month. The rest of the team can take short shifts, but Lundqvist faced a lot of shots tonight as well as the last few games of the Philly series and is likely to continue to see a lot of shots against the offensive juggernaut that is the Pens and must take one long 60-minute (at least) shift. Also, the Rangers aren’t going to be able to keep Talbot as a backup for the next 7 years (Lundqvist’s contract’s length) so might as well get him a little show in the playoffs for added trade value or, heaven forbid, a looksee if they trade Lundqvist several years down the road.

    • chanceoffleury - May 3, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      As a Pens fan I completely support this decision.

      • arrow43050 - May 3, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        You might want to know that Talbot was 12-6-1 in 21 games with a 1.64 GAA and 0.941 save % before you support that decision. Also, 8 of his 12 wins were on the road, including not allowing a goal in 2 full games in regulation IN Montreal, his hometown–so he is used to playing against very good teams and under a lot of pressure.

  16. endusersolutions2013 - May 3, 2014 at 4:12 AM

    With the Hawks playing well and Blues/Sharks out in the West, Habs, Bruins and Rangers all playing better than the Pens, we have an excellent shot at an orginal 6 SC Finals encore

  17. mrd5c - May 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    There is no way Talbot sees any ice time unless Hank gets injured or shelled. I understand your comment and agree with you on one level, but you can rest in July. This is the Stanley Cup playoffs. You start Hank, no question!

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