Crosby scores at 2:27 for Penguins in OT victory against Rangers


NEW YORK — Sidney Crosby scored 2:27 into overtime for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 5-4 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Pierre-Olivier Joseph had the assist on Crosby’s winner, his third of the game. It was the rookie defenseman’s fifth NHL game.

Jason Zucker, Brandon Tanev, Kasperi Kapanen and Jake Guentzel scored, and Casey DeSmith made 30 saves for the Penguins (5-3-1), who have won all three games against the Rangers this season.

Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Kevin Rooney and Brendan Lemieux scored, K’Andre Miller had two assists, and Alexandar Georgiev made 33 saves for the Rangers (2-4-2). 

The Penguins played the final 49:45 without defenseman Kris Letang, who appeared to sustain an injury defending Adam Fox in the corner with 10:37 remaining in the first period. Letang finished the shift but never returned.

Guentzel scored off his own rebound after the puck hit the right post at 9:18 of the third period to tie the game at 4-4. 

Panarin’s power-play goal off a one-timer from above the right hash marks at 16:01 of the second period gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead. 

New York tied it 3-3 at 10:25 on Kreider’s goal off a rebound of Jacob Trouba‘s shot from the left point.

Kreider’s goal came 43 seconds after Kapanen gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead, scoring on a breakaway set up by Evgeni Malkin.

Kapanen’s goal was a response to Rooney scoring on a 2-on-0 shorthanded breakaway off a pass from Miller to make it 2-2 at 7:20 of the second. 

The Penguins were 0-for-4 on the power play and are 0-for-13 the past three games.

Tanev scored on a deflection of Joseph’s shot from the left point at 19:20 of the first period to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead. 

Zucker had given the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 7:39, and Lemieux scored at 13:52 to make it 1-1.

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