Trailing by a goal and on the power play a third of the way into the third period, the Rangers nearly found an equalizer on the attack. But theyturnedit over to to the short-handed Penguins.
Tom Kuhnhackl turned the loose puck into a short-handed goal, giving Pittsburgh insurance en route to a 5-2victory. The Pens put their Game 1 Stanley Cup first round victory in the bank as the two teams prep for Game 2 also in Pittsburgh Friday. Three of the Pens goals came on a Patric Hornqvist hat trick.
Following the short-handed strike in the third the wheels fell off as the lead was expanded by a goal minutes later with Hornqvistsqueakingapuck byRangers goalie Antti Raanta, who allowed four of the Penguins' five goals.
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Hornquvist had four points in the game for Pittsburgh, his first coming on the first goal of the game in the first period. Sidney Crosby followed with a goal in the second giving the Penguins a 2-0 lead early.
Derek Stephan scored New York's only goal, from Rick Nash and DerekBrassardin the second and added another goal midway through the third cutting Pittsburgh's lead to two, 4-2.
Lundqvist's status in net for Game 2 is considered day-to-day. The starting goalie left after the first period with an injury to the eye.