Penguins need 55 shots to beat Lundqvist
Malkin in OT to seal Pittsburgh's 5th win of season against Rangers
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped only eight of 12 shots, but was let off the hook by his high-scoring teammates. Henrik Lundqvist made a career-best 50 saves and had only a hard-luck loss to show for it.
Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal 3:42 into overtime on the 55th shot for the Penguins, who outlasted Lundqvist and the Rangers 5-4 on Thursday night.
The goal was originally credited to Jordan Staal, who scored in the first period.
"It felt good," Lundqvist said of his save total, "but I don't feel good letting in five goals."
Malkin had struck a goal post and was robbed by Lundqvist's outstretched glove earlier in overtime.
Pittsburgh held the Rangers to 16 shots overall and only one after the second period. The Penguins went 5-1 against their Atlantic Division rivals this season. New York had a three-game winning streak snapped. Defenceman Wade Redden's hooking penalty 1:45 into OT set up the winner.
"We did some really good things. We deserved that one," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "We felt like it was only a matter of time before we were back into it.
"All the games the rest of the way are going to be intense like that, especially in divisional games."
Backup goalie Brent Johnson earned the victory, despite facing only four shots in place of Fleury. He made 26 saves in a win over Buffalo on Tuesday, the Penguins' first game after the Olympic break.
It was the fewest saves by a winning NHL goalie since Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick also stopped four against Dallas on March 5, 2009, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"It's a great win but honestly, all I had to do was make a couple of saves and the guys took it from there," Johnson said.
Fleury saw his first action since Feb. 14, despite being on Canada's Olympic team. He was pulled with 7:11 left in the second period after Dubinsky's shot hit the post and then caromed in off Fleury's back to give the Rangers a 4-2 lead.
Chris Drury, Artem Anisimov, defenceman Michal Rozsival and Dubinsky scored for New York. Rozsival's first goal in 38 games gave the Rangers a 4-2 lead they couldn't hold.
Lundqvist was victimized by Alex Goligoski's bad-angle shot that hit Rangers defenceman Marc Staal's skate with 8:01 left in regulation and tied the game. Chris Kunitz and Mike Rupp also scored for Pittsburgh.
New York was outshot 19-1 in the third period and didn't record a third-period shot on Johnson until Olli Jokinen's drive with 4:37 remaining. Lundqvist faced more shots in every period than Fleury saw in the game. He made 13 saves in the first and 15 more in the second.
Fleury's rough night started early when a seemingly simple shot by Anisimov from the left circle beat his glove 2:17 in. His teammates appeared to sense it was a bad goal. Sergei Gonchar, Malkin, and Pascal Dupuis all skated back to tap his pads in support.
The Penguins wiped away that deficit on goals by Kunitz and Staal 3:55 apart that pushed Pittsburgh in front 2-1 at 9:58. Kunitz's goal came during the first half of a 5-on-3 power play.
Pittsburgh gained the initial advantage when Marc Staal was whistled for interference on Sidney Crosby. Lundqvist jawed at the Penguins captain behind the net and then received a cross-check to the chest from Crosby. Dubinsky rushed in to deal with Crosby to create a big scrum.
"I didn't like the fact he came over," Crosby said of Lundqvist. "I thought it wasn't right. I got a cross check in the ribs that didn't feel too good. The last thing I expected was him standing over me. I let him know how I feel."
Lundqvist and Crosby also exchanged jabs after Lundqvist made a save in the third. Crosby gave Lundqvist a slight slash, and Lundqvist returned the shot with his stick.
Crosby, who scored the gold-medal winning goal for Canada on Sunday, was met with derisive chants, calls of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" and boos throughout.
Rozsival's slashing penalty created the two-man advantage that Kunitz capitalized on at 6:03 of the first that tied it 1-1. The Rangers killed off the rest of the power play but fell behind on Jordan Staal's goal at 9:58 that went in off New York forward Brian Boyle. A brief video review upheld Staal's 17th goal.
Drury got that one back with 5:21 left in the first with a power-play goal from his knees and his back to the net.
The Rangers were without leading scorer Marian Gaborik, who is believed to have a groin injury suffered during the Olympics.
Right-winger Bill Guerin and recently acquired left-winger Alex Ponikarovsky (visa issues) were scratched by Pittsburgh.