The Pittsburgh Penguins final four-out-of-six games are against teams that are not in the postseason. They couldn’t afford to play down to their opponents once again. The New York Rangers had a 2-0 lead in the first-period on them, but Pittsburgh escaped with a 5-2 victory.
Brendan Lemieux scored 8:25 into the game for New York. Vinni Lettieri scored a power-play goal for the Rangers with 4:45 remaining in the first-period.
Nick Bjugstad scored 31 seconds later for the Penguins. Justin Schultz tied the game on a power-play goal just 1:01 into the second-period. Matt Cullen scored 6:16 later in the second-period for Pittsburgh.
Teddy Blueger scored a short-handed goal with 6:48 remaining in the second-period. Blueger also scored 7:38 into the third-period for the Pittsburgh Penguins. This is his first career multi-goal game. He has been terrific serving as the second line centerman in the absence of Evgeni Malkin.
Speaking of absence, Pittsburgh’s defenseman Kris Letang was out of the lineup due to a upper-body injury he suffered in Saturday night’s contest against the Dallas Stars in a 3-2 win on the road.
Matt Murray finished with 33 saves for the Penguins. Alexander Georgiev finished with 31 saves for the Rangers.
Pittsburgh has 95 points, along with the New York Islanders, but New York is currently in second place in the Metropolitan Division because they have a game in hand. The Washington Capitals sit in first place at the moment with 96 points.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers will play each other one more time on the final day of the regular season on April 6 in New York.
Pittsburgh’s next game will be at home on Friday night against the Nashville Predators. New York’s next game will be on the road on Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins.