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Pens foiled in title bid

Chris Drury’s power-play goal 1:46 into overtime lifted the New YorkRangers to a 2-1 win over the Penguins last night, preventingPittsburgh from clinching the Atlantic Division title.


Chris Drury’s power-play goal 1:46 into overtime lifted the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Penguins last night, preventing Pittsburgh from clinching the Atlantic Division title.

Sergei Gonchar got called for holding just 24 seconds into the extra frame to give New York a 4-on-3 power play. Jaromir Jagr skated the puck behind the net and threw a pass out front. The puck missed its intended target, Scott Gomez, parked in front of the net, but it slid into the high slot where Drury skated up to the puck and blasted it past Marc-Andre Fleury for the win.

Jagr scored the goal in regulation while Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves for the Rangers, who have won two of their last three. With 93 points, New York jumped past idle Ottawa for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Rangers play a home-and-home with the Islanders starting on Thursday in Uniondale, N.Y., and then on Friday at Madison Square Garden before closing out their regular season in New Jersey on Sunday.

Maxime Talbot scored the lone goal and Fleury finished the game with 25 saves for the Penguins, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Pittsburgh, which needs just one point to clinch the Atlantic, hosts Philadelphia tomorrow before finishing its regular season in Philly on Sunday.

Thrashers 2 Lightning 0 — Ilya Kovalchuk scored a pair of third period goals as Atlanta blanked Tampa Bay.

Kari Lehtonen posted 36 saves to notch his fourth shutout of the season for the Thrashers, who have won two of their last three.

Atlanta, which finished the road portion of its season with a 15-21-5 record, plays its final two games of the season at home against Florida tonight and Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Mike Smith stopped 22 shots in the loss for the Lightning, who have lost five of seven.

 
 
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