PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The Penguins came up short following a late-game rally, losing 3-2 in overtime to the New York Rangers Monday night.
The Pens kept the Rangers at bay through the first period and midway through the second until Erik Christensen got a wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury at 10:15. Ruslan Fedotenko and Matt Gilroy had assists on the goal, making it 1-0.
In the third period, Chris Kunitz scored with assists from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin with less than three minutes left to tie it at 1-1.
Matt Cooke gave the Pens a 2-1 lead with a wrister past Henrik Lundqvist less than a minute later.
But Marc Staal tied up the game at 18:34, forcing overtime where Ryan Callahan got the tip-in in a perfect feed from Brandon Dubinsky for the win.
Lundqvist was superb in his return to action after missing two games with an illness. He stopped the first 36 shots he faced until Kunitz beat him for his fifth goal.
Lundqvist made several quality saves as Pittsburgh held a 39-25 shots advantage and generally had the better in play.
He stopped Sidney Crosby during a 2-on-1 break with Evgeni Malkin early in the second and made a save when Mark Letestu had a breakaway early in the third.
The Penguins outshot the Rangers 20-7 in the first half of the game, but New York grabbed the lead on Christensen’s third goal scored at 10:16 of the second.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.