Guentzel’s 100th career goal lifts Penguins past Rangers 3-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Guentzel scored the 100th goal of his NHL career with less than two minutes remaining, rallying the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

Pittsburgh trailed 2-1 entering the third period, before Jared McCann and Guentzel scored in the final 20 minutes, extending the Penguins’ win streak to four games after two opening losses. It was Pittsburgh’s fourth straight comeback win, tying the longest such streak in franchise history. The Penguins have had four straight comebacks six times.

Bryan Rust also scored and Tristan Jarry made 20 saves for the Penguins, who started 4-0 at home for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

Colin Blackwell and Ryan Strome scored for the Rangers, who held a 3-1 lead against Pittsburgh on Friday before losing in a shootout. Igor Shesterkin stopped 16 shots for the Rangers.

Guentzel’s slap shot from the top of the circle beat Shesterkin between the pads for the game-winner.

McCann tied the game at 2-all just 2:26 into the third period when he threw a shot at the net from the side wall that fluttered over Shesterkin’s shoulder.

Blackwell opened the scoring for the Rangers at 16:36 of the first period. Blackwell, who replaced Brendan Lemieux on the fourth line, deflected an Adam Fox point shot between Jarry’s pads. Fox extended his point streak to four games with his assist.

Rust tied the game at 11:24 of the second and extended his point streak to five games. He took a lead pass from Sidney Crosby and beat Shesterkin between the pads on a breakaway.

Strome put the Rangers back in front at 17:17 of the second. Jacob Trouba put the initial shot on goal from the slot, and Strome flipped the rebound over Jarry from the top of the crease. Artemi Panarin has points in four consecutive games.


Pittsburgh, which closed a four-game homestand, travels to Boston on Tuesday for the start of a four-game road trip.

The New York Rangers continue a four-game road trip Tuesday at Buffalo. The Rangers will host Pittsburgh for a two-game set on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 at Madison Square Garden.


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