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NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Pittsburgh

(Saturday, March 28th)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 4, NY Rangers 3

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Ruslan Fedotenko had a goal and two assists and Sidney Crosby scored the game-winner in the third as the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers in an Atlantic Division battle at Mellon Arena.

Maxime Talbot had a goal and an assist while Matt Cooke also lit the lamp for the Penguins, who have won five of their last six. Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves in the win.

The win gives Pittsburgh 90 points on the season, good enough for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Although the victory had moved the club into a tie with Philadelphia for fourth spot, wins by the Flyers and Hurricanes later Saturday pushed the Pens two points behind their in-state rivals and one point behind Carolina.

Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Nik Antropov each had a goal for the Rangers, who have dropped three of their last four. Henrik Lundqvist made 24 stops in the loss.

The Rangers remain at 87 points in the Eastern Conference and occupy the seven spot in the Eastern Conference with six games to play. Montreal, which holds the final playoff spot, moved one point closer to New York after a shootout loss to Buffalo.

The Pens looked to their captain, who was quiet much of the game, to take the lead with a bit over 10 minutes to play. Fedotenko sent a lead pass from his own zone to Crosby, who split the defense and snapped a shot into the right corner of the net at the 9:56 mark.

Fleury made the lead stand with a little over a minute to play, as he made a quick save on an Antropov one-timer from the low slot, and the Pens held on for the win.

The Pens got on the board at the 8:57 mark of the first, when Fedotenko sent a pass to the neutral zone. Talbot grabbed the puck, sped through the defense and snapped a low wrister between the pads of Lundqvist.

Pittsburgh made it a 2-0 game with 8:40 to play in the first period. Evgeni Malkin sent a pass from the right point to the low left side where Talbot tipped it on net. Lundqvist made the save, but the rebound popped out front and Cooke banged it in.

However, the Rangers answered twice before the end of the first to tie the game.

Off a left circle faceoff win, Sean Avery gathered the puck, but promptly lost control of it. However, Callahan grabbed the loose disc and flicked a quick shot on net that got past the glove of Fleury with 1:32 left.

With time winding down in the frame, Dubinsky and Nikolai Zherdev worked a give-and-go along the left side. Zherdev sent the puck back behind the net to Dubinsky, who then used the wraparound from the right side to tie the game with just 4.4 left in the frame.

The Rangers nearly took a 3-2 lead when Scott Gomez swept the puck on net from the right side and it sat on the goal line, but it was knocked out of harm's way and the Pens skated down the other end on a 3-on-1 break.

Fedotenko held the puck while skating into the zone and opted for the shot from the right side, which found its way into the left corner of the net for a 3-2 lead at the 4:14 mark of the second.

However, the Rangers again tied the game with 4:44 left in the second, as Chris Drury threw a shot on net from the right side that Fleury stopped, but Antropov was parked in front of the net to sweep in the rebound.

Pittsburgh was given a five-minute power play just 2:47 into the third when Colton Orr was given a major for interference. Orr hit Mark Eaton high along the left boards in the Rangers end, but Chris Kunitz was called for hooking just four seconds later to negate the next two minutes of the man advantage.

After the penalty to Kunitz ran out, Pittsburgh had several chances, but the Rangers penalty killers and Lundqvist kept the chances from being too dangerous.

Game Notes

The Pens host the Devils on Wednesday...The Blueshirts host New Jersey on Monday...Crosby has a 15-game point streak with eight goals and 17 assists during the run...Malkin is just two points shy of 300 for his career...New York won the first three games of the season between the clubs, including the first two in the shootout, but the Pens won the last three, all in regulation...Neither team scored on the power play with Pittsburgh having nine chances and New York three.

03/28 22:51:15 ET

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