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Penguins waste late lead, but top Rangers in SO

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Sutter netted the lone goal in the shootout, as Pittsburgh wasted a two-goal, third-period lead but rebounded to top the Rangers, 4-3, at Madison Square Garden.

Neither team was able to produce a marker with the first eight shots. Benoit Pouliot began the fifth and final round by shooting his attempt over the net, and Sutter ended the contest with a shot between the pads of Henrik Lundqvist.

"Part of me was just waiting to get a chance, I felt good with the puck and wanted a shot," said Sutter. "It's always fun to get out there. That's only the third one I've ever had. I missed the first two so it feels good to get that one."

Sutter also scored in regulation, as did Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis for the Penguins, who revealed prior to the game that Evgeni Malkin will miss two contests after sliding feet-first into the boards on Saturday against Detroit.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 stops and then held New York off the board in the deciding breakaway contest as the Metropolitan Division leaders tied a season high with their fifth straight win.

Carl Hagelin, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard tallied for the Rangers, who fell to 1-3-2 on their nine-game residency.

Lundqvist stopped 29 shots in the tough-luck defeat.

The Penguins snapped a scoreless deadlock with 7:16 left in the second period. During a power play, Jokinen fed Kunitz at the right side of the crease, and his third whack at a loose puck slid under Lundqvist and over the goal line.

Hagelin equalized for New York, when he pulled away from a Pens defender up the middle and beat Fleury on the backhand just under two minutes later.

Pittsburgh went up 2-1 at the 5:25 mark of the third period, when Kunitz whipped a cross-ice pass to Sidney Crosby, who fed back to the right side for a tap-in by Dupuis.

Sutter provided an insurance tally 61 seconds later during a 4-on-4, sweeping past Michael Del Zotto and scoring with a high backhander.

Zuccarello brought the hosts within a goal, when he rushed the crease and tapped home a John Moore shot which squeezed through Fleury's pads.

Matt Niskanen was sent off for high sticking with 2:43 to go, and the Rangers tied it less than a minute later when Brassard picked up a Pouliot rebound off the end boards and lifted it under the crossbar.

The Pens barely survived an early overtime interference call on Kunitz, who collided with Lundqvist just outside his crease.

"I don't think (Kunitz) meant to hit me," said the veteran Swedish backstop. "At first after the hit it was hard to focus, then my neck began to get sore but after a minute or so I knew I could keep playing."

Game Notes

Pittsburgh improved to 4-3 against the Rangers since the implementation of shootouts in 2005 ... The Pens, who have taken 10 of their last 11 games despite a raft of injuries, also won five straight from Nov. 27 to Dec. 5 ... Lundqvist made his 538th start for New York, tying him for third on the franchise list with Ed Giacomin ... Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland served the first of his five-game suspension for elbowing Detroit's Justin Abdelkader.

12/19 00:45:36 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
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x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
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Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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