Pens’ Win Streak Continues Against Rangers
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NEW YORK (KDKA/AP) — Evgeni Malkin had two goals, Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves and the Penguins beat the New York Rangers 4-1 Thursday night.
Kris Letang had an assist in his first game back after a 21-game absence because of a concussion. He led the Pens in time on ice – 24 minutes.
Chris Kunitz made it 1-0, beating Henrik Lundqvist at 3:16 in the first.
Early in the third, Richard Park netted a goal with a feed from Deryk Engelland to make it 2-1.
Then Malkin came through with a two more goals, including an empty-netter with less than two minutes left for the win.
Malkin has 24 goals this season, including seven in four games.
The Penguins have won four straight after a six-game skid and earned their first win in three tries this season against New York, which leads Boston by one point atop the East.
“It’s always hard to play against the Rangers,” said Malkin, who has seven goals in the Penguins’ winning streak. “It’s tough because they have a great team and they are the best team now in the NHL.”
Fleury played in his 19th straight game, and isn’t showing signs of slowing down.
“I feel all right,” he said. “I don’t count them. It’s a lot more fun now that we’re winning, definitely.”
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