Rangers Falter Against Division-Rival Penguins
Richard Park scored the go-ahead goal 2:23 into the third period, Evgeni Malkin padded the lead with two, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Park finished a crisp, three-way passing play with Matt Cooke and Deryk Engelland that worked right-to-left across the Rangers zone, and beat Henrik Lundqvist with a shot inside the left post.
Malkin scored with 12:50 remaining to make it 3-1, turning a giveaway by Marc Staal into a backhander under the crossbar, and added an empty-netter with 1:40 left. Chris Kunitz gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead in the first period.
Carl Hagelin scored New York’s lone goal, and Lundqvist made 32 saves for the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers.
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