NHL: Brandon Sutter’s shootout goal lifts Penguins over Rangers in New York
The Associated PressFirst published Dec 18 2013 09:47PM
New York • Brandon Sutter scored in the third period and then rescued the Penguins with the only goal of the shootout to lift Pittsburgh to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.
Sutter gave the Penguins a 3-1 lead just 1:01 after Pascal Dupuis snapped a 1-1 tie, but Pittsburgh couldn’t hold the edge. It took until the fifth round of the shootout for the deadlock to be broken for good, and the Penguins skated off with their fifth straight victory.
Dupuis gave the Penguins their second lead of the night, off a feed from Sidney Crosby at 5:25, and Sutter used a strong individual effort to make it 3-1 at 6:26. Chris Kunitz had a goal and assist, Crosby had two assists to increase his NHL-leading points total 49, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots.
Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard rallied the Rangers late with goals 5:31 apart to tie it with only 1:46 left in regulation. Henrik Lundqvist got it to overtime and withstood a hard hit from Kunitz, who bowled him over in the extra session — striking the goalie in the head and taking a penalty for interference.
The Rangers, however, couldn’t take advantage of that power play as they did on Brassard’s tying goal. New York earned a standings point with its second straight shootout after not being forced to that tiebreaker all season.
Pittsburgh was without star center Evgeni Malkin, who missed his second straight game with a leg injury.