NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers battles for the puck with Chris Kunitz #14 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during their game on January 19, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Penguins Vs. Rangers: Kris Letang Returns And Evgeni Malkin Leads Pittsburgh To 4-1 Win Over New York

After missing 21 games, Kris Letang returned to lead the Penguins in ice time, but it was another great performance from Evgeni Malkin that sealed a 4-1 win over the league's best team.

  • Live
4 Total Updates since January 19, 2012
  • Updates 3
  • Articles 1
  • All Updates 4

Penguins Vs. Rangers Final Score: Evgeni Malkin And Pittsburgh Make It Four In A Row With 4-1 Win Over New York

The Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth game in a row on Thursday night, defeating the New York Rangers 4-1 at Madison Square Garden. The Pens ran off three unanswered goals in the third period to walk away with the three-goal win. Richard Park gave Pittsburgh the 2-1 lead just two and a half minutes into the final period, taking a pretty pass from Deryk Engelland on a 3-on-1 chance. From there, it was all Evgeni Malkin.

The Penguins made it a two goal lead on a beautiful backhand goal by Malkin. It was his 23rd goal of the season, as he picked the puck off the board, darted to the center of the ice and went backhand right over Lundqvist for the 3-1 lead. He would add his second of the night on a beautifully executed clear and pass from James Neal that led to an empty-net goal as the game drew to a close.

More: Analysis and commentary from last nights win

Malkin and Neal's line has scored more than half of the Penguins last 45 goals. They are both are tied for the club lead in goals with 24 and Malkin now leads the league with 54 points. It was an encouraging win, as the Pens held off the league's best team and finished it off with a huge third period. They will look to continue the winning streak at home on Friday night against Montreal.

For more on the Penguins, please visit PensBurgh, SB Nation's Penguins blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit SB Nation New York and Blueshirt Banter, SB Nation's Rangers blog.

Continue

Penguins Vs. Rangers Score Update: Pittsburgh And New York Even After Two Periods

After two periods at Madison Square Garden, the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers are all tied up at 1-1. The Rangers evened it in the second period on a Carl Hagelin goal. It was the eighth goal of the season for the impressive youngster out of Michigan. Hagelin's score matched Chris Kunitz's first period goal that beat Henrik Lundqvist.

Most notably for Pens fans, Kris Letang played for the first time in 21 games, after sitting out with a broken nose and concussion. The Pens threw Letang right back into the fire, and he's leading the team in ice time through the first two periods. This game was hyped as a battle between two of the game's top goaltenders, and neither have disappointed so far. The Pens will have to continue apply pressure to Lundqvist in the final period if they want to escape New York with a win against the league's best team.

For more on the Penguins, please visit PensBurgh, SB Nation's Penguins blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit SB Nation New York and Blueshirt Banter, SB Nation's Rangers blog.

Continue

Penguins Vs. Rangers: Pittsburgh's Kris Letang To Return, Arron Asham Has Concussion, According To Report

More: Pens vs. Rangers game day match-up coverage

The Pittsburgh Penguins received both good news and bad news Thursday morning in advance of their game against the New York Rangers. Kris Letang, who has missed Pittsburgh's last 21 games due to a concussion, will be in the lineup when the Penguins take the ice Thursday evening, reports Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. With their top defenseman sidelined, the Pens tallied a 10-11-0 record.

The news concerning winger Arron Asham is far less positive: the "illness" with which he was intitially diagnosed was actually a concussion, says Yohe. After just five minutes on the ice, Asham left Pittsburgh's win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

In other Penguins concussion news, center Sidney Crosby is still in Atlanta, coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday, and there are no updates as to his condition, reports Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

For more on the Penguins, please visit PensBurgh, SB Nation's Penguins blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit SB Nation New York and Blueshirt Banter, SB Nation's Rangers blog.

Continue

Penguins Vs. Rangers: Pittsburgh Looking For Third Straight Road Win

The Pittsburgh Penguins are at the most famous arena in the world tonight, Madison Square Garden, to take on the Rangers.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.