Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Conor Sheary scored twice while Matt Cullen delivered the go-ahead goal in the third period to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-3 triumph over the New York Rangers Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
The game was tied at 3-3 when Cullen hit the puck off Rangers defenseman Marc Staal’s skate and went past Henrik Lundqvist at 11:09 to put the Penguins ahead for good.
Marc-Andre Fleury tallied 24 saves while Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist also scored as the Penguins improved to 36-24-8 despite missing forward Evgeni Malkin for 6-8 weeks because of an upper-body injury.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 shots while Chris Kreider , Ryan McDonagh and Derick Brassard scored for the Rangers, who lost back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 18-20.
Hornqvist scored in the first period on the power-play at 11:56 of the first period for a 1-0 lead before the Rangers tied the game 1-1 at 18:06 when Kreider tapped the puck in Fleury .
Sheary , who had three goals and five points in 29 games, put the Penguins in front, 2-1, when he tipped in a shot from Justin Schultz at 7:30, but Brassard , who did not play Saturday because of the flu, scored on the power play to tie the game 2-2 at 8:59.
Sheary then broke the tie again, scoring at 15:55 on a nice passing play with linemates Eric Fehr and Tom Kuhnhackl .
McDonagh scored on a wraparound at 5:04 of the third period to tie the game for the Rangers. Less than a minute later, Rick Nash had a chance to give them their first lead of the game on a breakaway but was stopped by Fleury .