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Pittsburgh Penguins PIT 1 2 2 5
32 SHOTS 31
31 FACEOFFS 34
23 HITS 34
4 PIM 8
0/4 PP 0/1
7 GIVEAWAYS 12
5 TAKEAWAYS 5
10 BLOCKED SHOTS 17
       

Pens capitalize on Crosby presence, Henrik absence

Thursday, 03.15.2012 / 9:52 PM

2011-12 Game No. 70; Home Game No. 34 Rangers' Record: 44-19-7
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Sidney Crosby's return after three months of inactivity didn't hurt the chemistry of the Pittsburgh Penguins one bit as they cut the No. 1 Rangers' Eastern Conference lead to four points.

Crosby played for the first time since another bout with concussion symptoms forced him to the sidelines Dec. 5. He had an assist as the Penguins stretched their winning streak to 10 by beating the Rangers 5-2 at Madison Square Garden. It marked the first time this season that the Rangers allowed five goals.

Matt Cooke scored twice, Tyler Kennedy had two assists and NHL points leader Evgeni Malkin added a goal for the Penguins.

Crosby assisted on Chris Kunitz's goal that made it 4-2 at 3:01 of the third period, shortly after the Rangers had killed a 4-minute, high-sticking penalty on Stu Bickel.

Pascal Dupuis pushed the Penguins' lead to 5-2 at 7:35.

Carl Hagelin got the Rangers even at 1-1 in the first period, and Marian Gaborik brought New York within 3-2 late in the second with his 35th goal. Brad Richards had two assists, and Gaborik and Hagelin both had one for the potent line that has scored the team's last seven goals over three games.

Rangers goalie Martin Biron stopped 27 shots after being forced to start his second straight game in place of Henrik Lundqvist, who is still feeling the effects of the flu. The Rangers were also without Ryan Callahan (bruised foot) and defenseman Michael Del Zotto (hip).

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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Blueshirts held the Penguins scoreless in four shorthanded situations (6:00 of icetime), and are now 29-for-32 (90.6 percent) on the penalty kill in the last 10 contests. The Rangers’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in six of the last eight games (24-for-26, 92.3 percent).

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Gaborik 2. Hagelin 3. Richards


THE BIGGER PICTURE
It's fair to say with Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan, and Michael Del Zotto in the lineup, this would have been a very different game. Even though the Rangers still lead the conference, they can't expect to beat top-tier teams like the Pens without three key players.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Gaborik (22:29)
Shots -- Richards, Mitchell (5)
Hits -- Boyle (5)
Blocks -- Girardi, Staal (3)
Takeaways -- Hagelin (2)
Faceoffs -- Richards (27)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. PITTSBURGH
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Brandon Dubinsky
Ruslan Fedotenko Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Mats Zuccarello
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Steve Eminger Anton Stralman
Goaltenders: Martin Biron, Chad Johnson
Starting Lineup: Biron, Staal, Bickel, Anisimov, Stepan, Dubinsky.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Mats Zuccarello Brian Boyle Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Derek Stepan
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Brad Richards Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisimov
Carl Hagelin Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Staal/Eminger Stu Bickel
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