PITTSBURGH - It was a bizarre turn of events that few had seen in the shootout era.
Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle apparently scored the game-decider in the third round of the shootout for a 3-2 win over the Penguins Saturday night at Consol Energy Center, and the Blueshirts left the ice celebrating after an intense, rugged game.
But the goal was overturned by video review because Boyle tipped the puck over the line after it struck the post -- a double-hit -- and the Rangers had to return to the ice. "No [shootout] goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind," the league said, citing Rule 24.2.
"Half the guys had their sweaters off, half the sticks were packed," coach Alain Vigneault said. "It wasn't a good goal. It was the right call."
Brandon Sutter then scored on Henrik Lundqvist, giving the Penguins the lead in the shootout, and Marc-Andre Fleury got his glove on Rick Nash's rising shot to seal the Penguins' unlikely 3-2 victory.
"You're thinking you have the two points and you're relaxing," Lundqvist said, "and you enjoy that moment and you have to go back out there. Obviously, we have everything to lose, they have everything to win, so it's definitely frustrating."
Lundqvist agreed the call was correct. "If we were in that situation and it's the wrong call,'' he said, "you'd be upset."
"It's just a weird finish," Dan Girardi said. "You hear 'no goal' so we're kind of panicking to get back out there. It's tough."
Boyle, in his second game back after suffering a broken hand Oct. 9, was upset, but he was more angry about his turnover that led to Evgeni Malkin's goal, which tied the score at 2 at 8:09 of the second period.
With the Rangers ahead 2-1, Boyle fanned on a pass at center ice, and on a two-on-one, Malkin's wrister zipped past Lundqvist's glove, off the post, off Lundqvist's shoulder and in.
"It's hard to defend a lead when you don't have the puck," Marc Staal said.
It was the fifth time in the last eight games that the Rangers (7-6-4) had gone to overtime.
Girardi described the 65 minutes as "really physical, kind of like a little playoff feel."
Girardi was stunned but not seriously injured by Malkin's charge with 6:13 left in regulation. He was struck in the chest, not the head, by Malkin's shoulder. "I didn't see him coming," he said. "I was trying to wheel behind the net." He left the game but returned in overtime.
In the end, Girardi lamented that the Rangers couldn't finish off the game with a four-on-three in overtime. "It would've been nice to get one there,'' he said.
Either side could have won in OT. Lundqvist had to stop Sidney Crosby on a breakaway at the start, and with 2:11 left, Carl Hagelin and Kris Letang went off for slashing. With 1:42 remaining, Rob Scuderi tripped Chris Kreider on a breakaway. Nash hit a stickless Fleury in the mask with a shot and Lundqvist gloved Letang's breakaway shot with 4.8 seconds left. Lundqvist had 36 saves and Fleury had 29.
Blake Comeau's wrister from the left side squeezed between Lundqvist's arm and the near post to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead in the first period, but the Rangers tied it 15 seconds later at 14:27. Lee Stempniak outbattled Crosby in front and his backhander slid across the line.
The Rangers went ahead on the power play when Derick Brassard fed Martin St. Louis, whose snap shot over Fleury at 16:24 was his fifth goal in the last seven games.
Notes & quotes: Boyle saved a goal at 9:30 of the first period, swiping away a loose puck behind Lundqvist that was headed for the goal line . . . The earlier shootout goals were scored by Derek Stepan, his second in two games, in the first round and Crosby in the second round. Mats Zuccarello, Malkin and Letang were stopped before Boyle's no-goal ruling . . . Nash, playing in his 800th NHL game, notched his 100th point as a Ranger when he was awarded the secondary assist on St. Louis' goal.