Malkin Caps Frantic Comeback Win for Pens

Rangers blow three-goal lead in Game 1 defeat
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2008 10:44 PM CDT
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, right,of Sweden stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series in Pittsburgh on April 25, 2008.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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(Newser) – Evgeni Malkin deflected Sidney Crosby's one-timer from the right point on a Pittsburgh power play with 1:41 remaining to finish a frantic comeback, and the Penguins rallied from a three-goal deficit against the New York Rangers for a 5-4 victory in their second-round playoff series opener Friday. Pittsburgh’s Petr Sykora and Marian Hossa scored 20 seconds apart during the comeback.

The Rangers lost for the first time in four road games in these playoffs, an unexpected ending after they seized the momentum and, it seemed, control of the game with a 3-0 lead that looked very safe with star Henrik Lundqvist in net. Game 2 is Sunday in Pittsburgh, where the Penguins have yet to lose in three playoff games.