Before the game, the Penguins raised the third Stanley Cup banner in the franchise's 41-year history. Pittsburgh overcame a 3-2 deficit in last year's Stanley Cup Finals to defeat Detroit.
Crosby gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead with 7:35 remaining in the second period by putting a slap shot past Henrik Lundqvist. Tyler Kennedy scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal 68 seconds later.
Marian Gaborik brought the Rangers within one 5:56 into the third, but Marc-Andre Fleury was perfect the rest of the way en route to making 25 saves. Fleury was in goal for all 16 of Pittsburgh's playoff victories last season.
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UPI Sports Results for September 20, 2014