NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at NY Rangers
(Sunday, March 7th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 7, NY Rangers 4
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Milan Kraft scored two goals in leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-4 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Dick Tarnstrom notched a goal and two assists, as the Penguins won for the fourth time in their last seven games (4-2-1) after going winless in their previous 18 contests (0-17-1). Robert Scuderi, Landon Wilson, Konstantin Koltsov and Ryan Malone also scored for the Penguins. Malone and Koltsov each added an assist for two-point nights.
"We've got a winning streak. We're happy about that," Tarnstrom said. "The last week and a half has been pretty good."
Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 38 saves, including 12 in the third period, on 42 shots faced to earn the win.
"As of late, we're playing a lot better and the guys are getting rewarded," Penguins head coach Eddie Olczyk said.
Matthew Barnaby reached 100 career goals with two tallies in his 700th NHL game. Mark Messier added three helpers, as the Rangers have lost five of their last six (1-4-0-1). Tom Poti and Jaromir Jagr scored New York's other two markers.
Jason LaBarbera faced 31 shots, but made just 24 saves in the loss.
Koltsov broke a 4-4 tie at the 13:33 mark of the third period, when he stole the puck from Jagr at center ice and skated to the top of the left circle, where he fired a wrister that beat LaBarbera gloveside.
Malone then gave the Penguins a two-goal edge 53 seconds later as he gathered in a loose puck at the Rangers' blueline and skated in on a breakaway where he tried to wrist it past LaBarbera. The New York goaltender made the initial save, but the puck bounced up in the air and Malone batted it in for his 21st of the season.
Kraft scored on the power play with 3:50 remaining to make it 7-4, as he parked himself in the middle of the left circle and one-timed a pass from Aleksey Morozov.
Scuderi made it 1-0 Pittsburgh with a wrister at the 4:43 mark of the first period, but Barnaby recorded his first tally at 13:42 to tie it at one.
Poti gave the Rangers their only lead of the game at 2-1, 3:33 into the second period, as he blasted a slapper between the circles that beat Aubin stickside.
But the Penguins jumped back on top at 4-2 with consecutive goals from Tarnstrom, Kraft and Wilson.
Jagr's 27th goal of the season, on a rebound off a Greg DeVries shot, brought the Rangers within 4-3 at the 13:26 mark of the frame.
Barnaby tied it at four with only three seconds remaining in the period, as he skated to the doorstep and put a rebound attempt under Aubin's right leg pad.
The Penguins have won three of their last four road games...The road team has won six of the last eight meetings in the series...Pittsburgh won for the first time in four tries versus the Rangers this season (1-3).
03/07 22:41:09 ET