It took them five games, but Carl Hagelin brought the Rangers one step closer to a return to the Stanley Cup Finals.
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The New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in OT of Game 5 to win the series 4-1 and advance to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Presidents’ Trophy winners and favorites to win the Stanley Cup, the Rangers started Game 5 hot with a goal from Derek Stepan on a power play in the first period to take the 1-0 edge. But the Penguins would not remain behind for too long, as Nick Spaling responded early in the 2nd period for the Penguins to tie the game up at 1-1.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was bust all night, recording 37 saves on 38 shots against him – Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had an equally daunting task, facing 36 shots of which he made 34 saves. But in OT it would prove to be the save Fleury couldn’t make that ended the Penguins’ season.
With 4:14 left in OT, Swedish-born left winger Carl Hagelin became the hero of the night for the Rangers with the game-winning shot to seal the win and give the Rangers the 4-1 series victory over the Penguins.
The Rangers will play against the winner of the ongoing series between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders.