Penguins’ Nick Spaling pulls off tough feat: scoring on Rangers star Henrik Lundqvist without his stick or skate

It’s difficult enough scoring on Rangers star Henrik Lundqvist with your stick, so Penguins center Nick Spaling tried something different in Game 5 Friday – scoring off his left arm, without his stick ever touching the puck – and it worked to give Pittsburgh their first goal of the night.

It’s hard enough for NHLers to score on Rangers star goalie Henrik Lundqvist with their stick, or for that matter, by redirecting a puck with their skate in a non-distinct kicking motion. So in Game 5 of the Penguins’ first-round series against the Blueshirts Friday, Pens center Nick Spaling tried something new – being in a position where the puck deflected off his body – and it worked for Pittsburgh’s first goal of the night.

The Penguins were trailing the Rangers 1-0 late in the second period at Madison Square Garden when Spaling drove to the net as captain Sidney Crosby sent the puck out in front. Somehow, it bounced just past the goal line after ricocheting off his left forearm:

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The play was reviewed, but the on-ice officials’ call stood up and Spaling had his first post-season goal as a Penguin and the third playoff goal of his career. It will more than likely be his only career goal not scored using his stick.