Chris Drury’s power-play goal 1:46 into overtime lifted the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden last night.
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.
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 remains at the top spot in the Eastern Conference with 100 points, two better than Montreal, 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 the Atlanta Thrashers blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 at St. Pete Times Forum.
Kari Lehtonen posted 36 saves to notch his fourth shutout of the season for the Thrashers, who have won two of their last three.
Mike Smith stopped 22-of-23 shots in the loss for the Lightning, who have lost five of their last seven games.
The 52 goals Kovalchuk has scored this season ties a career-high he set in the 2005-06 campaign
Rangers down Penguins
Chris Drury’s power-play goal 1:46 into overtime lifted the New YorkRangers to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison SquareGarden last night.