Brassard Lifts Rangers Over Penguins in OT to Win Game 1
(PITTSBURGH) -- Derick Brassard scored 3:06 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Brassard's game-winner originally wasn't ruled a goal. His shot blasted past Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury but flew back onto the ice. That caused the referee to wave the goal off. Later the goal was ruled good, but even if it wasn't, the Rangers would have won because seconds after Brassard's goal, Benoit Pouliot scored.
"I found out way later (Brassard) got the goal," Pouliot said. "Good for him. We've been playing well against Philly and now tonight. We deserved that."
Although Pouliot didn't end up with the winning goal he did score. The 27-year-old winger netted his third goal of the playoffs at the 5:04 mark of the first period to make it 1-0 Rangers.
Brad Richards also scored his third goal of the playoffs in the first period as the Rangers headed into the first intermission up 2-0. But the Penguins fought back in the second period with Lee Stempniak and James Neal scoring to tie the game at two. But after that no one could score until overtime, as the Rangers take home-ice advantage away from the Penguins.
"It could've went either way," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said of the game. "I don't think we played a full 60 (minutes)."
Game 2 is Sunday in Pittsburgh. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
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