Dan Bylsma is not into giving away secrets.

That would include those concerning his input on how the Penguins keeping winning without so many regulars.

That did include the identity of his sixth shootout selection Wednesday night — though center Brandon Sutter made that reveal unnecessary for Bylsma.

Sutter's clean beat of goalie Henrik Lundqvist won a five-round shootout for the Penguins, who came back from their own giveaway for a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

All Bylsma said was that a defenseman was up next for the Penguins had Sutter not scored.

“I was just looking for any opening,” Sutter said. “You always have a backup plan, and it probably was a deke either way. I did see an opening, tried to fire it and it worked out.”

Sutter's more eye-opening goal staked the Penguins to a 3-1 lead in the third period. He burst with speed into the offensive zone, cut with power from right-to-left, backing off a couple of Rangers in the process, and then pushed a backhand shot behind Lundqvist.

Goal No. 7 on the season probably was his prettiest in his two Penguins seasons, Sutter said.

“Anytime you get a one-on-one, especially 4-on-4, you want to try and make a play on it,” Sutter said. “I just tried to drive wide, get the (defensemen) thinking I was going to drive wide or shoot and try to pull it in. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.”

It's working for the Penguins (25-10-1, 51 points), even though only captain Sidney Crosby's top line and the makeshift No. 1 defense pairing of Matt Niskanen and Olli Maatta are devoid of AHL call-ups as contributors. Niskanen played 29 minutes and 44 seconds. Maatta was a close second at 28:06.

When the top four defensemen are healthy — and that has been for fewer than four periods — Niskanen and Maatta might play between 15-17 minutes.