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Rangers wrestle victory from defeat

Recap | Box score

The New York Rangers won their most thrilling game of the season Monday, surviving a late third-period blitz to claim a 3-2 OT decision over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Leading 1-0 thanks to a second-period goal by Erik Christensen, the Rangers yielded a rebound goal to Chris Kunitz with just over two-and-a-half minutes remaining to start the late-game fireworks. Some 30 seconds later, Matt Cooke buried a wrist shot from the wing to give the Pens a 2-1 lead. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Henrik Lundqvist then deepened the Ranger’s hole, leaving them shorthanded for the rest of regulation.

But Brandon Dubinsky set up Marc Staal on the PK and then Ryan Callahan in OT to get the Rangers a highly unlikely two points.

You can savor last night’s affair over today’s morning links.

Morning Links

  • Jesse Spector writes about the astounding efforts of Lundqvist and the Rangers PK, which faced 12 minutes of PP time from the Pens.

  • Callahan tells Larry Brooks that it was a “hugely emotional” win. Brooks also doesn’t shy away from noting that the whistles all went one way last night, calling the officiating a “joke.”

  • Blueshirt Banter follows that line of thinking, posting a very “of the moment” spoof of the Colin Campbell e-mails in the wake of the Pens-Rangers game.

  • Christensen apologized to his teammates yesterday after telling an Edmonton TV station he thought Sean Avery sucker punched Ladislav Smid Sunday. He also spent most of the game on the fourth line, with Derek Stepan promoted to center Alexander Frolov and Marian Gaborik.

  • Rich Carpiniello says Dubinsky has become a beast of a hockey player. No argument here.

  • The New York Times writes that the Rangers reverted to a rope-a-dope persona Monday.

  • Ryan Callahan earned Puck Daddy’s first star nod for his Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

  • Adam Rotter of SNY Rangers Blog wraps up the game by the numbers.

  • As great as the ending was, Dubinsky tells Andrew Gross the team knows it can’t play as poorly as it did for the first half of the game and win on a consistent basis.