The New York Rangers were able to ride a hot start to victory as they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in the first game of the second round of their Stanley Cup playoff series.
It was a tentative match for both sides, who were challenged by their first-round opponents. Though the Rangers were playing their third game in four nights and sixth in nine, they seemed to be the more energetic squad.
New York build a 2-0 first period lead before second period goals from Lee Stempniak and James Neal evened the score. The third period settled nothing, then Derick Brassard scored the game-winniner at 3:13 of overtime after a flurry of pressure from the Rangers.
The win gives the tired Rangers some momentum. They've never beaten Pittsburgh in four previous playoff meetings.
Game 2 will go on Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Final Score: New York Rangers 3 - Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (OT)
Rangers lead series 1-0