Jaromir Jagr smacked a shot in off the stick of Pittsburgh defenseman Rob Scuderi with 33.8 seconds left last night, giving the surging Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Penguins at Madison Square Garden.
Jagr swung around Alain Nasreddine and flipped the puck toward the net. The shot hit Scuderi and slipped underneath goalie Jocelyn Thibault, who stopped 40 of the previous 41 shots he faced. The puck disappeared, but it was revealed over the line when Thibault got up.
The goal was awarded after a video review that lasted a few minutes. Thibault hung his head in the crease and again on the bench once he was pulled for an extra skater in the closing seconds. He didn't face another shot.
But that was enough to snap Pittsburgh's winning streak at five and improve the Rangers' run to 7-1-3.
New York moved past idle Carolina into seventh place in the Eastern Conference, just two nights after getting into a playoff position. The Rangers, who nearly put up back-to-back shutouts for the first time since March 2003, trail sixth-place Tampa Bay by 1 point with nine games left.
The Penguins could have tied New Jersey for first in the Atlantic Division with a win, but instead remained 2 points back. Thibault sparkled in place of Penguins No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who backstopped a 4-3 shootout victory over Ottawa at home Sunday night.
In a late game Sunday night:
Mike Cammalleri had two goals and rookie Patrick O'Sullivan had a goal and two assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-3 win over host Anaheim.
Rob Blake and O'Sullivan scored in a 1:32 span late in the second period to erase a one-goal deficit and give the Kings a 4-3 lead. Rookie Noah Clarke added a short-handed goal in the third period to secure the win for the Kings.