Drury, Rangers Bowl Over Penguins in OT

Also, Thrashers best Lightning in matchup of Eastern cellar-dwellers
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2008 11:58 PM CDT
New York Rangers Michal Rozsival (3), of the Czech Republic, keeps Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) from the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden   (AP Photo/Ed Betz)
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(Newser) – Chris Drury’s power play goal 1:46 into overtime gave the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite the loss, Pittsburgh remains in the top spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a two-point lead on Montreal. The win moves New York into fifth-place. reports the Associated Press. In the night's only other NHL action:

  • Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice in the third period to lift the Atlanta Thrashers past the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0. Kovalchuk now has 52 goals on the season, which is tied for his career-high. Kari Lehtonen stopped 36 shots to earn the shutout. Both teams had already been eliminated from the playoffs and are the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.
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