PITTSBURGH - It was an eventful night for Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle.
Not only was his apparent game-winning shootout goal overturned, but his giveaway led to the Penguins’ tying goal and he saved a goal with a quick defensive move during the Rangers’ 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh.
Boyle, who played 23:21 in his second game since suffering a broken right hand, prevented a goal at 9:30 of the first period, swiping away a loose puck behind Henrik Lundqvist that was headed for the goal line.
The Penguins’ Brandon Sutter had the eventual winner in the shootout and Marc-Andre Fleury made it stand up by stopping Rick Nash.
The earlier shootout goals were scored by the Rangers’ Derek Stepan in the first round and the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby in the second round. Mats Zuccarello, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang were stopped before Boyle’s no-goal ruling.
A fourth-liner is there to grind, not to put up double-digits in goals. But Tanner Glass, who produced four goals and nine assists in 67 games with the Penguins last season, is scoreless in 17 games as a Ranger.
“I’ve got a zero so far, so I’m feeling that pressure,” said Glass, who played the previous two seasons with Pittsburgh before agreeing to a three-year, $4.35-million contract with the Rangers.
“Our main focus is to be tough to play against, be physical,” he said. “The next level is to get shifts in the offensive zone, working it around and getting it to the net. There have been games we’ve been good at that, and games we haven’t. We need to be getting more consistent traffic around the net and getting pucks into the paint.”
Alain Vigneault, who coached Glass in Vancouver, where he had seven goals and 14 assists in two seasons, wants more from the fourth trio, which currently includes Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast.
“Any team that’s winning right now on a consistent basis is getting contributions from throughout their lineup,” Vigneault said. “Our fourth line has been better the last couple of games. It needs to continue to improve and it needs to contribute offensively also.”
Ryan Malone, Anthony Duclair and Chris Mueller are among the players who have seen fourth-line time, and Glass called it “a little challenging” to adjust. “But that’s the nature of playing in the bottom six.”
Extra work for Duclair
Duclair, 19, spent another morning after practice doing some extra skating because he was scratched for the third straight game. “Gotta work harder,” Duclair said afterward. He has a goal and five assists in 12 games.
Nash, playing in his 800th NHL game, notched his 100th point as a Ranger when he was awarded the secondary assist on Martin St. Louis’ goal. He led the Rangers with five shots . . . The Penguins were credited with 44 hits; the Rangers had 31 . . . In an emotional moment with 4:33 left in regulation, Crosby, frustrated by a non-call as he dropped to a knee on a rush, took a one-handed swing at the boards but was not penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct . . . The Rangers had 51 shot attempts, including misses and shots blocked. The Penguins had 66 . . . The Penguins won 58 percent of the draws.