PITTSBURGH - Henrik Lundqvist had lost his composure.
After the Rangers goaltender was superb in throwing a shutout for more than 57 minutes last night, and his teammates killed three consecutive third-period penalties while holding a one-goal lead, the Penguins scored twice in 38 seconds.
He smashed his stick, flung it, shouted at the officials and received a two-minute minor.
"I wanted to show how unhappy I was with the calls in the last 10 minutes," said Lundqvist, who had missed the previous two games with flu symptoms. "We had a chance to win and it seemed like they were taking it away from us. It was upsetting. I just felt like I have to be cooler, but this game meant a lot to me."
It seemed all but certain that with the Rangers down a man because of Lundqvist's unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty at 18:07, the Penguins' comeback, fashioned by Chris Kunitz and Matt Cooke goals, would stand.
With the Rangers shorthanded, defenseman Marc Staal deposited Brandon Dubinsky's pass behind Marc-Andre Fleury to tie the score just 27 seconds later, and in overtime, Dubinsky set up Ryan Callahan for the goal at 3:38 that gave the Rangers a 3-2 win.
"The way we did it shows a lot of character, especially early in the season," said Callahan, who helped shadow and contain Sidney Crosby all night. "We were battling. It's a back-to-back game, and you tie it up late and win it in overtime and you come into Pittsburgh and get two points, it's big."
Callahan's goal, his fifth, gave him two points in the game. He assisted on Staal's shorthander.
"Things kind of fell apart on us pretty quickly in the end, but down by one, penalty-killing, you've got to take a chance'' Staal said. "The puck squirted out in our end, I tried to create some space for Dubi and he did the rest."
This city has not been particularly friendly to the Rangers: They hadn't won in 10 games at the old Igloo until a 3-2 overtime triumph last Feb. 12, so the change of scenery to the new Consol Energy Center was a welcome sight.
Lundqvist, starting only his third game in 11 days, made 37 saves as the Rangers (10-7-1) climbed to 6-2 on the road and moved into second place in the Atlantic Division.
"I thought Dubinsky took over in the second half of the game and made two really big plays at the end,'' said coach John Tortorella, who was irate about the calls (six power plays to none for the Rangers) that tilted the ice toward the Penguins. "We were down a man for nine minutes in that [third] period," he said, adding twice in the news conference, "Please don't ask me about the refereeing."
Erik Christensen's third goal at 10:16 of the second provided the 1-0 lead. Early in the third, Mark Letestu streaked in on a breakaway, but Lundqvist got his stick down and stoned him. The Penguins had their fifth power play at 15:23 of the third, but Lundqvist's right toe save stopped Kunitz with 3:48 left.
"Hank was phenomenal," Dubinsky said. "We can't sit here and tell you we had a great game. The nice thing about it is we found a way to win."
Said Lundqvist: "The PK was the key. We'll take this one and sneak out of here."