VIDEO: Penguins tie game on strange goal by James Neal

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Like so many teams in this postseason, the Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves in a 2-0 hole. As we've seen so often this postseason, they were able to come back with a pair of unanswered tallies of their own to tie the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their second-round series. The game-tying goal was a weird one, though.

James Neal rifled a wrist shot from outside. Henrik Lundqvist got his blocker on it, but the puck shot straight up into the air. Evgeni Malkin swatted at it, but missed, and the puck ended up banking off of Lundqvist and over the goal line.

The goal was reviewed to make sure Malkin didn’t make contact with the puck with what would have been a high stick. After review confirmed Malkin fortuitously whiffed, Neal was credited with the goal tying the game at 2-2 at 13:28 of the second period.

That’s one Lundqvist would probably like back, but that might have been a spot of bad luck more than anything else. That shot was on him quickly and those are the tough rebounds to control at times.

The Penguins had a rather poor start, but recovered nicely in the second period. Pittsburgh was the more dominant team in the second and were rewarded for their improved play with a rather fluky goal.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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