PITTSBURGH - In a wild shootout finish, the Penguins beat the Rangers, 3-2, in the fourth round Saturday night when Brandon Sutter scored after an apparent winner by the Blueshirts' Dan Boyle was waved off because his initial shot hit the post and his follow was illegal.
The Rangers had left the ice and thought they had won after Boyle, in his second game back from a broken hand, scored in the third round, but a video review called it a double hit, and the goal was waved off.
"Half the guys had their sweaters off, half the sticks were packed," coach Alain Vigneault said. "It wasn't a good goal. It was the right call."
After Sutter scored, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Rick Nash with his glove and the Penguins (12-3-1) grabbed the extra point. It was the fifth time in the last eight games that the Rangers (7-6-4) had gone to overtime.
"You're thinking you have the two points and you're relaxing," Henrik Lundqvist said, "and you enjoy that moment and you have to go back out there. Obviously we have everything to lose, they have everything to win, so it's definitely frustrating."
Lundqvist stopped Sidney Crosby on a breakaway early in overtime. With 2:11 left, Carl Hagelin and Kris Letang were sent off for slashing. With Chris Kreider barreling down on a breakaway, Rob Scuderi tripped him with 1:42 remaining, and the Rangers had a four-on-three power play.
Nash hit a stickless Fleury in the mask with a shot, and the Penguins called a timeout with 36.9 seconds left. Letang burst out of the box on a breakaway and Lundqvist gloved his shot with 4.8 seconds left.
Lundqvist made 36 saves and Fleury had 29.
The play got increasingly chippy in the third period of a 2-2 game. With 6:13 left, Evgeni Malkin skated a long way to hit Dan Girardi with his shoulder behind the Rangers' net as Girardi played the puck. With Girardi lying on the ice, his teammates came to his aid, and Marc Staal and Malkin got roughing penalties. A woozy Girardi went to the trainer's room but returned in overtime.
After trailing 1-0 when Lundqvist let Blake Comeau's wrister from the left side squeeze between his arm and the near post, the Rangers tied the score 15 seconds later. Lee Stempniak outbattled Crosby for a loose puck on the doorstep, and although Fleury stopped the first try, Stempniak's backhander slid across the line at 14:27 for his fourth goal of the season.
With Steve Downie off for slashing, the Rangers took the lead with their first power-play goal with Boyle manning the point. Derick Brassard, in the low slot, fed Martin St. Louis, whose snap shot over Fleury at 16:24 was his fifth goal and seventh point in the last seven games. The secondary assist -- his 100th point as a Ranger -- went to Nash, playing in his 800th NHL game.
On the first Rangers power play, the Rangers had only one shot and the shorthanded Penguins had two.
Boyle also saved a goal at 9:30, swiping away a loose puck behind Lundqvist that was headed for the goal line.
On the other end, Fleury made some terrific uncontested stops on Kreider and Derek Stepan.
For the fifth straight game with Stepan back from a fractured fibula, the top three lines remained intact.
Speaking about the top lines before the game, Vigneault said: "I'd like to be able to try it for a little while . . . In the past, Kreids [Chris Kreider] and Stepan have been a good duo and whoever we've played with them have been all right. Usually, it's been Brass [Derek Brassard] and Zuccy [Mats Zuccarello] but Brass and Nasher have had a little bit and so has Marty, so we'll see how that works out here. We'll give it a little bit of time. I'm hoping that it does [stick]. That should help us have balance throughout the whole lineup."