Entering Sunday afternoon’s match up between the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh was one point back of the Carolina Hurricanes for the eighth and final playoff spot in the east. The Penguins hung on against New York 6-5.
Kris Letang scored for Pittsburgh with 3:49 remaining in the first-period. Mats Zuccarello tied the game at one for the Rangers with 40 seconds remaining in the first-period.
Marcus Pettersson scored on a one-timer power-play goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins with 8:19 remaining in the second-period. Brian Dumoulin scored for Pittsburgh with 5:51 remaining in the second-period on a one-timer.
Mats Zuccarello scored for New York 26 seconds later. Ryan Strome tied the game at three with 2:15 remaining in the second-period.
Kris Letang scored for the Penguins 4:36 into the third-period. Evgeni Malkin scored the next two goals for Pittsburgh. His second goal of the period was on a back-hander.
Kevin Hayes scored for the New York Rangers with 5:46 remaining in regulation. Mika Zibanejad scored with 18 seconds remaining in regulation for New York.
Sidney Crosby recorded three assists for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Phil Kessel recorded two assists. They move back into the eighth spot in the east at the moment.
Alexander Georgiev recorded 35 saves for the Rangers. Casey DeSmith recorded 39 saves for the Penguins.
These two teams will play each other two more times this season and the next meeting won’t be until Monday, March 25 in New York.
The New York Rangers next game will be against the Carolina Hurricanes on the road on Tuesday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins next game will be against the New Jersey Devils on the road on Tuesday night.