NEW YORK — Reputations are forged during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Occasionally, they are burnished there.
And sometimes, they simply are repaired.
That doesn’t happen in one shift or one period — or even one game — but several Pittsburgh Penguins enhanced their images a bit during their 4-3, triple-overtime victory against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Casey DeSmith surely did, stopping 48 of 51 shots before leaving the game midway through the second extra period because of an unspecified lower-body injury.
Kasperi Kapanen, too. He logged 30:19 of ice time, had eight shots on goal, tied for the team lead with four hits and picked up an assist on Evgeni Malkin’s game-winning goal after sputtering through a miserable regular season.