Penguins beat Rangers 3-2, advance to Eastern Conference final
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Marian Hossa scored in overtime to give the Penguins a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers today at Mellon Arena, clinching their second-round playoff series. They advance to the Eastern Conference final, where they will play cross-state rival Philadelphia.
Dates and times for the third round are pending, but Games 1 and 2 will be at Mellon Arena.
The Penguins, who won the first three games of their series with New York, squandered a 2-0 lead against the Rangers in Game 5.
The Penguins scored twice in the second period.
Hossa completed a tic-tac-toe play with Ryan Malone and Sidney Crosby for a power-play goal at 8:45. Evgeni Malkin made it 2-0 on a slick backhand play at 12:40.
The Rangers came back with two goals in a span of 1:22 early in the third period.
Lauri Korpikoski's wrist shot from the right circle around Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney made it 2-1 at 2:03, and Nigel Dawes' goal on a backhand shot at 3:25 tied it.
First Published May 4, 2008 4:49 pm