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Rangers Vs. Penguins: Pens Fall Apart In Third Period As New York Wins, 4-1

Sidney Crosby managed to extend his scoring streak by assisting on Evgeni Malkin’s goal in the first period, but a third-period collapse led to a 4-1 Penguins loss against the New York Rangers. The Malkin goal, in which Crosby faked a slapshot before passing to Malkin on the left side of the goal, was the only score through two periods, but Erik Christiansen added a power play goal for the Rangers midway through the third period to tie the game, and Alexander Frolov scored on a rebound just 15 seconds later to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead. Artem Anisimov put a wrist shot past Brent Johnson with about five minutes to go, and then Brian Boyle added yet another Rangers goal about two minutes later.

Brent Johnson, playing for Marc-Andre Fleury for the first time in what seems like an eternity, stopped only 18 shots. The Pens have now lost their last two, and against their two top division rivals, which is a shame.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.