Mike Knuble scored twice in the third period and the New York Rangers won their seventh game in a row, rallying twice from two-goal deficits to beat the Penguins, 4-3, last night in Pittsburgh.
The Rangers were 1-17-3 when trailing after two periods until Knuble tied it with his eighth goal at 8 minutes 48 seconds, then won it by grabbing a loose puck along the goal line and lifting it over goaltender Tom Barrasso at 15:37.
The winning streak is the Rangers' longest since the 1993-94 season and was accomplished largely on the road as they completed a four-game sweep by winning three times in four nights in three cities. By winning eight of nine, the Rangers (21-20-7) have moved over .500 for the first time since Oct. 17.
The Penguins squandered a two-goal lead for the second time in three nights and are 1-2-1 without injured scoring leader Jaromir Jagr, who has a sore stomach muscle and may not play again until after the all-star break.
The Rangers, obviously growing weary of the road, looked tired and sluggish for most of two periods before closing to 3-2 on Valeri Kamensky's fifth goal at 8:05 of the second period.
Knuble tied it in the third, grabbing a rebound of Eric Lacroix's shot as it skittered along the goal line near the right-wing boards and wristing over Barrasso's right shoulder at a difficult angle.
Knuble's game-winning goal came from the opposite side of the ice and gave the Rangers their first victory in Pittsburgh in exactly three years, or since Jan. 25, 1997. The teams' last three games in Pittsburgh ended in ties.
SABRES 2, LIGHTNING 1: Miroslav Satan and Michael Peca scored goals 2:37 apart in the second period, leading Buffalo at home.
Martin Biron made 21 saves for the Sabres, who snapped a three-game losing streak as well as a three-game home losing skid.
Darcy Tucker scored for Tampa Bay, which has lost six straight and is 1-16-2 since mid-December. Dan Cloutier, who gave up eight goals Monday against the Capitals, had 22 saves against the Sabres.
Satan opened the scoring with 8:01 remaining in the second period. He scooped a loose puck behind the net and guided it into an empty net for his club-high 24th goal. Cloutier misread the rebound on a shot by Cory Sarich and was caught on the wrong side of the net.
Peca then scored his eighth goal of the season, poking home a rebound after Cloutier made the stop on Eric Rasmussen's slap shot.
Tucker spoiled Biron's shutout bid 1:30 into the third period. Chris Gratton made a nice pass from behind the net, and Tucker scored his 13th goal with a shot through Biron's glove.
The Sabres remain 11th in the Eastern Conference standings, but moved within four points of Boston for eighth place.
The team also announced goalie Dominik Hasek is slated to practice for a limited time with the team this morning. It will be his first participation in a team practice since a groin injury October 29.
COYOTES-HURRICANES, PPD.: The game in Charlotte was postponed because of inclement whether. A makeup date was not immediately announced.