PIT
51-25-6
NYR
51-24-7

Malkin and his Penguins spoil the Garden party, 4-1

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 45; Home Game No. 21 Rangers' Record: 29-12-4
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Richard Park scored the go-ahead goal 2:23 into the third period, Evgeni Malkin padded the lead with two, and workhorse Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves to give the suddenly hot Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

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. Park has four goals this season, but two in three games since an 11-game absence because of a broken foot.

Malkin scored with 12:50 left to make it 3-1, putting a backhander under the crossbar, and added an empty-netter with 1:40 left. Malkin has 24 goals this season, including seven in four games.

Fleury played in his 19th straight game for the Penguins, who have won four in a row following a six-game skid. Chris Kunitz gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Carl Hagelin scored the Blueshirts' lone goal, and Lundqvist made 32 saves for the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers.

New York tied it 1-1 at 10:06 of the second period on Hagelin's eighth goal. Hagelin received a perfect backhanded pass from Marian Gaborik, who was on the right wing boards. Hagelin took the puck as he glided into the left circle and shoved a shot that squeezed slowly between Fleury's pads.

The Penguins got good news with the return of defenseman Kris Letang. Letang, who had missed 21 games.
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STAT OF THE GAME
The Blueshirts' penalty kill was 2-for-2 (2:37 total icetime) vs. the Pens, and has now held opponents scoreless in 11 of the last 12 games (25-26, 96.2 percent over the span). The Rangers are 50-for 55 (90.9 percent) on the penalty kill with five shorthanded goals in the last 21 contests.

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


THE BIGGER PICTURE
The pattern of late has been to play a great game in response to a subpar one. The timing for this particular effect couldn't be better as the Rangers head into their long-awaited showdown with Boston for what will now have to be a response game.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- McDonagh (25:21)
Shots -- Gaborik (6)
Hits --Boyle (6)
Blocks -- Girardi (3)
Takeaways -- Gaborik (2)
Faceoffs -- Stepan (21)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. PITTSBURGH
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brad Richards Brandon Prust
Ruslan Fedotenko Brian Boyle Ryan Callahan
Mike Rupp Artem Anisimov John Mitchell
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, Staal, Del Zotto, Rupp, Anisimov, Prust.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Brandon Dubinsky Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin Artem Anisimov Marian Gaborik
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Derek Stepan
Marc Staal Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan
Artem Anisimov Brad Richards
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:16PIT Chris Kunitz (14) ASST: Paul Martin (13), James Neal (17) 1 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
10:06NYR Carl Hagelin (8) ASST: Marian Gaborik (14), Ryan McDonagh (15) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
02:23PIT Richard Park (4) ASST: Deryk Engelland (9), Matt Cooke (8) 2 - 1 PIT
07:10PIT Evgeni Malkin (23) ASST: Kris Letang (17) 3 - 1 PIT
18:20PIT EN - Evgeni Malkin (24) ASST: James Neal (18), Chris Kunitz (17) 4 - 1 PIT
Three Stars of the Game
Evgeni Malkin
1st
Evgeni Malkin
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:31
Marc-Andre Fleury
2nd
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 28-29
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: .968SH: 1-1
Kris Letang
3rd
Kris Letang
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 24:17
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:56NYR Stu Bickel  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Tangradi
08:56PIT Eric Tangradi  Fighting (maj) against  Stu Bickel
09:48NYR Brian Boyle  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Zbynek Michalek
09:48PIT Zbynek Michalek  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Brian Boyle
2nd Period
02:33NYR Brandon Dubinsky  Hi-sticking against  Kris Letang
17:46PIT James Neal  Interference against  Ruslan Fedotenko
3rd Period
12:35PIT Matt Niskanen  Hooking against  Brandon Dubinsky
19:23NYR Brandon Prust  Interference on goalkeeper against  Marc-Andre Fleury
19:23NYR Brandon Prust  Misconduct (10 min) against  Marc-Andre Fleury
shots by period
PeriodPITNYR
1st148
2nd910
3rd1313
Total3631
Team Stats
CategoryPITNYR
Power Plays0/20/2
Hits3138
Faceoff Wins2439
Giveaways69
Takeaways46
Blocked Shots1715
Penalty Minutes1121
  • PITTSBURGH
  • NY RANGERS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. NiskanenD0001215:13
4Z. MichalekD0012221:16
5D. EngellandD0113014:31
7P. MartinD0102020:40
9P. DupuisR0013017:51
12R. ParkR1012011:06
14C. KunitzL1113018:22
15D. JeffreyC0002014:42
18J. NealL0221220:18
24M. CookeL0111015:07
25E. TangradiL000158:04
26S. SullivanL0011013:10
27C. AdamsR0001011:07
44B. OrpikD0020022:12
46J. VitaleC000109:18
48T. KennedyR0004016:15
58K. LetangD0123024:17
71E. MalkinC2025020:31
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
29M. Fleury3031.96860:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4M. Del ZottoD00-21024:43
5D. GirardiD0002024:01
8B. PrustL00-101212:39
10M. GaborikR0106020:38
17B. DubinskyC00-12215:18
18M. StaalD00-21024:58
19B. RichardsC00-13016:46
21D. StepanC00-15021:56
22B. BoyleC00-22213:58
24R. CallahanR00-22017:44
26R. FedotenkoL00-20013:17
27R. McDonaghD0101025:21
32A. StralmanD00-10011:59
34J. MitchellC000109:45
41S. BickelD000055:19
42A. AnisimovC00-11011:27
62C. HagelinL1004019:15
71M. RuppL000006:44
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist3235.91459:35