Penguins Vs. Rangers: Pittsburgh Falls 4-3 At Madison Square Garden

A four goal second period gave the Rangers an insurmountable lead.

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Penguins Vs. Rangers: Pittsburgh Comes Up Short In 4-3 Loss At Madison Square Garden

A third period marred by Pittsburgh penalties resulted in the Penguins dropping their Tuesday night matchup at Madison Square Garden. The Pens amazingly killed off two 5-on-3 advantages, but limited their chances to tie it up after the Rangers scored four goals on Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period.

In the third, Pittsburgh cut the lead to one on a Pascal Dupuis shot during a delayed penalty call. The play was set up by Sidney Crosby, who took the puck off the boards and away from Ryan Callahan. Crosby took the puck to center, drew the penalty call on Callahan and lost the puck. With the pressure put on by Crosby, Rangers' defenseman Dan Girardi could not handle the puck in front, putting it right on the stick of Dupuis who went up high to beat Henrik Lundqvist. It was Dupuis's seventh goal of the season.

The Penguins seemed to wear down the Rangers midway through the third period, after they got caught on a couple extended shifts. But any momentum Pittsburgh had was quickly erased when the Rangers went on a 5-on-3 advantage for nearly a minute and a half. Just as the advantage was ending, Brooks Orpik upended Ryan Callahan, who was trying to post up in front. Orpik was whistled, giving the Rangers 30 more seconds of a two man advantage. The Pens killed off both 5-on-3 situations, while resting Crosby and Malkin for a four minute stretch.

A Chris Kunitz boarding penalty with three minutes remaining limited the Pens comeback opportunities. In the final minute, with Kunitz exiting the box and Marc-Andre Fleury exiting the ice, the Pens really put the pressure on Lundqvist but the close calls would not find the back of the net.

The Penguins have one day off before they travel down I-95 to face a struggling rival, the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at Verizon Center.

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Penguins Vs. Rangers Score Update: New York Scores Four In Second Period For Two Goal Lead

A big second period for the New York Rangers gave them a two goal cushion heading into the final twenty minutes. The Rangers evened the game at one on a power play eight minutes into the second period on Monday night. In the final 15 seconds of the power play, Ryan Callahan chipped a quick shot in on a play that was set up beautifully by Marian Gaborik in transition. Gaborik showed off some nifty puck-handling around Chris Kunitz and went right down the middle and through the Pittsburgh defense to find Callahan skating towards the opposite post.

The Rangers then took the 2-1 lead on a John Mitchell rocket from the middle of the ice. The shot was set up on a nice play and pass by Carl Hagelin. The Rangers winger took the puck into the zone, brought Deryk Engelland with him and dropped it back to Mitchell for the shot. It was Mitchell's first goal as a Ranger, and an impressive play by Hagelin in just his third game. He has three points in his three games this season.

A minute and a half later, Brad Richards would give the Rangers a two goal lead on a quick wrister from center over the left shoulder of Marc-Andre Fleury. Ruslan Fedotenko won a battle along the wall and hit Richards streaking down the middle of the ice for an open shot. Marian Gaborik added the Rangers' second power play goal of the period, crashing towards the crease and jamming it home after MIchael Del Zotto put the puck on Fleury, leading to a rebound on the back post.

The Penguins would get one back, however, when Evgeni Malkin scored his ninth goal on the season with just seven seconds remaining in the period. Malkin's line continues to light it up, with the assist coming from James Neal. The goal was a crucial to get the Pens back in it heading into the final period.


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Penguins Vs Rangers Score Update: Pittsburgh Takes 1-0 After First Period At Madison Square Garden

The Pittsburgh Penguins jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first period against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Playing before a capacity Madison Square Garden crowd, the Pens outshot the Rangers 14-9 through the first twenty minutes. The offense peppered Henrik Lundqvist and had a number of good scoring opportunities.

James Neal would put Pittsburgh on the board towards the end of the first, finishing a power play chance on an assist from Sidney Crosby. It was Crosby's tenth point of the season - one that is only a week old for the superstar center. It was Neal's 14th goal of the season, putting him two behind league leader Phil Kessel.

Despite only one goal, it was an eventful first period as both teams were whistled for 11 penalties. Bad boy Sean Avery dropped the gloves with Tyler Kennedy, and even Rangers goalie Lundqvist mixed it up with Joe Vitale. The chippy play is likely a harbinger of things to come in what could be a long penalty-filled night at MSG.

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Penguins Vs. Rangers: Kris Letang, Zbynek Michalek Out, Mysteriously Head Back To Pittsburgh

Penguins defensemen Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek are out for Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers, the Trib reports. In fact, they’re both heading back to Pittsburgh for “further evaluation.”

Coach Dan Bylsma said after a morning practice at the Garden that, aside from goalie Marc-Andre Fleury starting, his lineup would be a “game-time decision” — however there was no indication that Michalek was injured during the practice session.

It’s not clear what’s wrong with Michalek, who played the Pens’ last game, against Montreal. Letang had his nose broken in that game on a hit to the head by Max Pacioretty. Letang eventually did return and score the game-winning goal, but he had been having trouble breathing and was previously listed as questionable.

Defensemen Alexandre Picard and Robert Bortuzzo have joined the Pens from the AHL to take the places of Letang and Michalek.

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Penguins Vs. Rangers: Kris Letang Questionable After Max Pacioretty Hit

The Pens defenseman is having trouble breathing after breaking his nose after a hit by Max Pacioretty.

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