NEW YORK (KDKA/AP) –The Pittsburgh Penguins were already playing without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin when they took on the New York Rangers Tuesday night. In the second period, they lost Jordan Staal and still pulled out a 4-3 shootout win.
With the Penguins leading 3-2 late in the second period, Staal was assessed a five-minute match penalty that sent him to the locker room early.
Staal’s punch to the head of Brandon Prust will now be reviewed by the league and supplemental disciplinary action could be taken.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves and did not allow a goal in the seven-round shootout.
Prust scored the only goal of the first period at 3:52 to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. In the second, Artem Anisimov made it 2-0 when he batted a puck out of the air and into the net to the left of Fleury at 1:41.
Dustin Jeffrey got the Penguins on the board with a power play goal with assists from Chris Kunitz and Alex Goligoski at 5:30.
Five minutes later, Deryk Engelland and Max Talbot set up Michael Rupp’s rebound goal that tied it at 2-2. Then, Kunitz got a tip-in at 14:12 with assists from Zybnek Michalek and Brooks Orpik for a 3-2 lead.
The Pens held on to the one-goal lead until Ryan Callahan got one past Fleury with just 13 seconds left in the period. The goal came with the Penguins killing Staal’s major penalty.
Both teams were held scoreless in the third period and overtime.
In the shootout, Jeffrey scored the only goal on Henrik Lundqvist, who had 23 saves in the game.
Fleury stoned Marian Gaborik to preserve the win and gave the Penguins their fifth straight win at Madison Square Garden.
In addition to playing without Crosby, Malkin and Staal, Mark Letestu hurt his knee during the morning skate and did not play. During the game, Arron Asham suffered an upper-body injury and had to leave the game.