Penguins 3, Rangers 3
NEW YORK — The fans at Madison Square Garden made Guy Hebert feel like anything but a Duck out of water in his home debut with the New York Rangers.
Hebert, who spent the last seven-plus seasons playing in Anaheim for the Mighty Ducks, made 35 saves Monday night as the Rangers blew a lead and then scored late to earn a 3-3 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The 34-year-old goalie was quite sharp as the Rangers built a 2-0 lead through two periods, and the often tough New York fans showered Hebert with chants of "Guy!"
Hebert was claimed on waivers last week by the Rangers and went 1-1 in two weekend road games for New York.
"Guy's come in and stood on his head for us," Rangers coach Ron Low said of his new goalie, who injured his groin on one of three third-period goals. "He's given us a chance. That goes a long way, it really does."
In the final 90 seconds of overtime, Hebert stopped Jaromir Jagr in front, and then Mario Lemieux on a breakaway as the crowd resumed the chant that started early.
"I just ran out of gas a little bit at the end of the shift," Lemieux said. "I waited as long as I could, and he made the save."
Hebert stopped 27 shots through the first two periods, but the Penguins then struck on goals by Lemieux, Jagr and Robert Lang less than 12 minutes apart to grab the lead.
New York defenseman Brian Leetch tallied with 1:08 left in regulation to rescue the Rangers from a loss.
In the only other NHL game, on the night before the league's trading deadline, the San Jose Sharks beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 at home.
Lemieux's goal, a short-handed score 4:43 into the third that Hebert would like to have had another chance at, started the Penguins rolling. The Penguins' owner flipped a shot from the right boards as Hebert expected a pass and got it into the net.
"That's what we were waiting for, some lucky break," Jagr said. "That's what we get, a short-handed goal. It was just a matter of time after that."
Said Lemieux of his 640th career goal: "It was the kind of goal that's not supposed to go in."
Hebert agreed that it was a shot he probably would stop if anyone but Lemieux took it.
"It wasn't a good goal by any stretch," said Hebert. "What he makes you do as a goalie, even on a man-down situation, he gets you thinking about a pass across. It makes you think, and that's what really kills you."
Jagr used a nifty wraparound to tie it 2-2 with 5:48 left in regulation. It was then that Hebert was hurt.
"If you give a guy like that a lot of time, sometimes he just picks you apart," Hebert said of Jagr, the NHL points leader who scored his 42nd goal and added an assist.
Jagr had no other option on how to beat Hebert because the goalie already denied one attempt in the sequence.
"I didn't have much," Jagr said. "I was on the other side and I had a chance to put it in, but he had the pads there. Then, only one thing came to my head, go around the other way.
"It worked. Sometimes it works."
Rangers defenseman Rich Pilon, the subject of many trade rumors, turned the puck over to Lang and he made it 3-2 just 2:13 after Jagr tied it.
Lang returned the favor when his clearing attempt was intercepted by Leetch, and the defenseman scored his 18th goal.
The Penguins, who held a 38-28 shots advantage, moved within four points of Philadelphia, the fourth-place team in the Eastern Conference.
"It's a good point, and we'll take it on the road," Aubin said. "They're a pretty good team. It's just a matter of finding how to play the right way."
The 10th-place Rangers are 1-0-1 after losing seven of eight on the heels of goalie Mike Richter's season-ending knee injury.
Petr Nedved scored a power-play goal in the first period, and Valeri Kamensky made it 2-0 in the second for the Rangers, who took six shots in each of the first two periods.
SHARKS 3, CANADIENS 0: At San Jose, Evgeni Nabokov earned his fifth shutout as San Jose ended its seven-game winless streak.
Nabokov, who had an assist, made 20 saves and got his 29th victory as the Sharks tied the franchise record with their 35th win.
Patrick Marleau, Owen Nolan and Stephane Matteau scored for San Jose, which won for the first time since Feb. 23. It was the longest winless skid in more than two years for the Sharks.
The loss was a dubious milestone for the Canadiens, who are well on the way to the worst season in their storied 74-year history. Montreal has lost 37 games in regulation and four in overtime this year; that's one more defeat than the franchise record set by the 1983-84 team, which went 35-40-5.