The Pens win a HUGE game with a third period comeback. They were down 2-0 going into the third, courtesy of two quick goals late in the second by New York. The first one was a fluke, bouncing off of Scuderi's skate after a hard rebound. The second was less of a fluke - it was simply a nice shot by Nylander.
The Pens got two shorties in the third, one by Staal and one by Army. Staal is now tied for the NHL record for short-handed goals by a rookie. The Rangers took back the lead for a little while on the same power play that Army nabbed a short-handed goal, but Sergei Gonchar tied the game again with the power play expiring.
Fleury was great tonight, making several key saves at key times.
In the shootout, Christensen hit the post, but Fleury stopped all three Rangers. Crosby converted to give the Pens the win. He went to the 5-hole on Lundqvist, which is all the more impressive given that the Rangers goalie is terrific at taking away the low shots.
This one was a great confidence booster for the Pens. They're floundering a bit right now, but they're sticking to their system and not panicking. They managed to gut out two points tonight.
Mark Eaton was hurt early in the first, but no word on the nature or extent of the injury (it's the dreaded "lower body injury"). I wouldn't expect him to play tomorrow night.
Next up: at Carolina on Friday. Another key game on not much rest.