Pittsburgh 2, NY Rangers 0

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
NY Rangers 38-15-1-4 19-7-0-2 19-8-1-2 L1
Pittsburgh 34-21-2-3 18-8-2-0 16-13-0-3 W1

Recap


PENGUINS 2, RANGERS 0: Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist and Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 27 shots for his third shutout of the season as Pittsburgh ended its home struggles against New York.

Malkin, the league's leading scorer, boosted his season total to 73 points as the Penguins snapped a string of five straight losses to the Rangers in Pittsburgh.

Fleury earned his 22nd career shutout and first since blanking the New York Islanders on Nov. 21 at the Penguins evened the season series with the Rangers at two games apiece.

Malkin gave Fleury the only goal he would need when he ended a scoreless deadlock with a breakaway only 65 seconds into the second period.

Taking a pass off the boards, Malkin veered in from the left and flicked a backhander over a sprawled Henrik Lundqvist for his 33rd tally of the season.

The Penguins doubled the advantage on the power play 10 minutes later when Steve Sullivan uncorked a blast from just inside the blue line that beat a screened Lundqvist.

The loss was only the second in 10 games for Lundqvist and snapped his four-game winning streak.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Pittsburgh improved to 19-0-2 when leading after two periods. Malkin's assist was the 300th of his career. ... Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh was on the ice nearly nine minutes in the first period, including one shift that lasted 3:32. ... Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik sat out the game with an upper-body injury. Backup goaltender Brent Johnson was also unavailable because of illness.

Top Game Performances

NY Rangers   Pittsburgh
N/A Points Evgeni Malkin 2
N/A Goals Evgeni Malkin 1
N/A Assists Evgeni Malkin 1
N/A Power Play Goals Steve Sullivan 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Henrik Lundqvist .935 Save Percentage Marc-Andre Fleury 1.000
Henrik Lundqvist 29 Saves Marc-Andre Fleury 27

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Rangers 27 0 0-3 1-2 8 27
Pittsburgh 31 2 1-2 3-3 10 26

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay . The Penguins have a W/L % of .576 after a win and .556 after a loss.
  • NY Rangers will play their next game on the road against NY Islanders . The Rangers have a W/L % of .658 after a win and .650 after a loss.
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