Rangers blow late lead, rebound to top Pens in OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Klein, bloodied earlier by a high stick that ripped off part of his ear, fired in a slap shot 3:45 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.
Klein, a defenseman showing off his offensive skills recently, scored for the second straight game and for the sixth time this season, a career high. He rescued the Rangers, who blew a 3-1 lead late in the third period when Pittsburgh scored twice in 24 seconds to tie it.
Part of Klein’s left ear was severed and reattached during the game, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.
Rick Nash broke a second-period tie with his sixth goal in eight games, and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for New York.
Nash and J.T. Miller scored in the middle period to turn a one-goal deficit into a lead, and Kevin Hayes made it 3-1 with 7:02 left in the third.
Nick Spaling staked Pittsburgh to a 1-0 lead in the first period, and Evgeni Malkin and Steve Downie scored in rapid succession in the third. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots for the Penguins.
St. Louis goalie Martin Brodeur made 32 saves in his first home game with the Blues and Chris Porter scored his first goal of the season late in the third period of a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
Porter’s goal came just more than three minutes after Florida tied the game. Porter redirected Barret Jackman’s slap shot past Roberto Luongo at 18:06 to give the Blues a 3-2 lead.
Peter Stastny added an empty-netter with 32 seconds remaining, and Maxim Lapierre and Ian Cole scored in the first period for St. Louis.
Nick Bjugstad and Aaron Ekblad scored for the Panthers.
At Raleigh, North Carolina, Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist in his 1,500th NHL game to help the New Jersey Devils defeat the Hurricanes 2-1.
Devils goalie Cory Schneider made 39 saves, including 17 in the third period.
Adam Henrique scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 13.4 seconds remaining in the second period for the Devils, who won for only the second time in eight games.
Jagr’s fifth of the season leveled the score with 5:15 left in the second when he took a pass from Scott Gomez, who had two assists in his fourth game of the season.