Flower Power too much as Rangers fall to Pittsburgh, 4-3
New York, NY- The push for the playoffs have begin for the New York Rangers (29-20-4) so to be able to gain a overtime point over the Pittsburgh Penguins (35-15-4) will only help the Blueshirts in their push. In the end though Pittsburgh keeper Marc-Andre Fleury, was too much as the Rangers fell by the score of 4-3 in the shootout frame in hockey action on Tuesday night.
New York got on the board early on a first period goal by Brandon Prust (eight) at the 3:52 mark. Prust tallied a 12 foot snap shot, which was assisted by Wojtek Wolski (15) and Brian Boyle (10) for the 1-0 lead.
The Rangers would continue their offensive momentum in the second period as Artem Anisimov (11) recorded a 14 foot snap shot at the 1:41 mark, assisted by the returning Brandon Dubinsky (22) and Marian Gaborik (16) to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Blueshirts.
Pittsburgh would start cutting away at that lead though as at the 5:20 mark of that frame Dustin Jeffrey (3) took advantage of a power play opportunity, and cash in a 43 foot slap shot, which was assisted by Chris Kunitz (18) and Alex Goligoski (18) making the Rangers lead to 2-1.
The two teams would then bet tied at the 10:36 mark when former Devils-star Mike Rupp (5) would rip a 10 foot snap shot, which was set up by Maxime Talbot (7) and Deryk Engelland (5) to make it 2-2. Pittsburgh would then take the lead at the 14:12 mark when Chris Kunitz (17) deflected a 62 foot shot, which assisted by Zbynek Michalek (eight) and Brooks Orpik (10) to give the Penguins the 3-2 lead.
New York would continue to live up to their Battling Blueshirts name as at the 19:47 mark the returning Ryan Callahan (11) would tie the game up on a 13 foot tip-in goal, with the assists going to Michael Del Zotto (eight) and Mats Zuccarello (9) to make things 3-3.
Neither team would find a hero in the overtime frame, needing a shootout to decide the victor. That frame would go several rounds before call up Dustin Jeffrey would net the eventual game-winning goal for Pittsburgh for the eventual 4-3 victory.
Keeper Marc-Andre Fleury was stellar making 26 saves in the victory for Pittsburgh, while on the other side of the ice keeper Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves for the Rangers.
The Rangers will next host their tri-state area rival the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night for a 7:00 p.m. face-off at Madison Square Garden.