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Rangers rally to defeat Pens

The Rangers rally from 2-0 down to beat Penguins, sans Crosby and Malkin.

Rangers 5, Penguins 3

What went right ...

Well isn’t that special
— Special teams separate the pretenders from the contenders and the Rangers killed five of six power plays while beating Pittsburgh’s penalty kill for three goals after going just 2 for their previous 43 PP?opportunities. “This is the NHL now, where if you win the special teams battle, you’re going to win the game more often than not,” said Ryan Callahan, who scored twice and leads the team with six power-play tallies this season.

Sure, the Pens were without Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, but the Rangers needed to catch a break after going winless in six games.

2 One away from 200
— Henrik Lundqvist was good, not great, in stopping 26 shots to earn his 199th NHL win. For a guy who had to be great in order for his team to earn points for most of his career, this time he was the beneficiary of an offensive flurry.

3 Hangin’ tough —There were 55 minutes left when John Tortorella called timeout after snipers Deryk Engelland and Nick Johnson put the Pens up 2-0. “I think the most important part of our game was our mental grit,” said Tortorella, who stayed unusually calm rather than exploding at his team. “We settled ourselves and just found a way.”?They sure did, ripping off five straight goals over the next two periods.

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