CROSBY REACHES 100 POINTS AS PENGUINS BEAT RANGERS IN OT
Sidney Crosby reached the 100-point plateau for the second-straight season on Saturday.
And, it came at a good time for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Crosby's goal in the third period tied the game at 2-all and Colby Armstrong tallied the game-winner 1:19 into overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win over the Rangers at Mellon Arena.
It was the 24th time in 68 games this season the Penguins have gone into overtime.
Crosby became the fifth player in NHL history to reach 100 points in his first two seasons in the league. Peter Stastny, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky and Mike Rogers are the others.
"It's never something you think about it," Crosby said. "It's nice, for sure, but we still have a lot of games left - important ones - so that's where my mind has been."
Karel Rachunek got the Rangers on the scoreboard with 45.2 seconds remaining in the first period to give New York a 1-0 lead.
Matt Cullen found the back of the net 1:11 into the second period to boost the Rangers' lead to 2-0.
The Penguins embarked on their comeback in the third period with a pair of goals in the first 6:56.
Evgeni Malkin got Pittsburgh on the scoreboard 3:32 into the third when he rifled a power-play goal past Henrik Lundqvist. At the top of the near face-off circle, Malkin unloaded a heavy slapper that sailed into the net. Ryan Whitney and Sergei Gonchar assisted on the play.
Crosby evened the contest 3:24 later. Malkin, along the near post, lofted a shot on goal. At the far post, Crosby gloved the puck, placed it on the ice and swatted it into the goal for a power-play goal and a 2-2 tie. Gonchar added an assist.
Armstrong provided the game-winning goal 1:19 into OT. His pass for Max Talbot deflected off a Rangers defender and sailed into the goal. It was Armstrong's third overtime-winning goal this season, which tied a Penguins franchise record. Ryan Malone and Crosby both had three overtime-winning goals in one season.
"I just took my time with it, faked a shot and tried to put it to Max going to the net," Armstrong said. "I just got lucky that it hit a stick and went upstairs. I was just trying to put it in the area where Max was driving and I got lucky."
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 of 28 shots to earn the win in goal.
ICE CHIPS: Mark Eaton, Joel Kwiatkowski, Chris Thorburn, Ronald Petrovicky and Nils Ekman were the Penguins' scratches...Fedor Tyutin and Marcel Hossa were the Rangers' scratches...The announced attendance was 17,132...Evgeni Malkin (No. 1), Sidney Crosby (No. 2) and Sergei Gonchar (No. 3) were the game's three stars.