The opening 15 minutes of the first period for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night was easily forgettable. The New York Rangers outshot the Penguins 9-1, and the Penguins squandered a power play until the very last seconds.
Then, the Penguins exploded for three goals in 61 seconds.
As time expired on the Penguins’ first-period man-advantage, defenseman John Marino’s wrist shot tied the game, 1-1.
This was Marino’s first goal of the season and his fourth point overall.
Just 34 seconds after Marino scored, forward Kasperi Kapanen decided to join in on the fun with his sixth goal of the season. He got behind New York defenseman K’Andre Miller for a breakaway goal, and 2800 fans again sounded like 20,000.
Before fans could sit, or PA announcer Ryan Mill could announce the Kapanen goal, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby finished off the Penguins triple Lindy as he split defensemen and whacked the rolling puck past Georgiev. It was yet another Crosby highlight in a career full of them:
The Penguins’ three goals in 61 seconds are the fastest any team has scored three goals so far this season. It was the fastest since the Penguins scored three in 71 seconds just three days ago against Philadelphia. The surge got them to 3-1 after the first period.
It was Crosby’s eighth goal this season.
Forward Mika Zibanejad scored the lone Rangers goal as he finished a two-on-one and beat Casey DeSmith. Defenseman Mike Matheson misplayed a bouncing puck at the blue line, which led to the odd-man rush.
After the Crosby goal, Rangers head coach David Quinn called timeout and swapped Georgiev for backup Keith Kinkaid. Kinkaid is normally the third-stringer but is the backup tonight due to Igor Shesterkin being banged up.
New York outshot the Penguins 11-6 in the first period. Kapanen’s goal also earned fans in attendance a free Big Mac as part of the Big Mac Attack promotion.