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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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