Pittsburgh 5, NY Rangers 2

Thursday, April 5, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
NY Rangers 51-23-2-5 27-11-0-2 24-12-2-3 L1
Pittsburgh 50-25-3-3 28-10-2-0 22-15-1-3 W2


: Evgeni Malkin scored his 49th goal of the season and Pittsburgh beat New York for a fourth straight time while securing home ice for at least the first round of the playoffs.

Chris Kunitz, Tyler Kennedy and Richard Park scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves for the Penguins, who have assured themselves the No. 4 seed in the East. Kris Letang added an empty-netter.

Malkin’s tally for the 4-1 lead in the third period was his 107th point of the season, all but clinching the NHL scoring title in what may turn out to be an MVP campaign.

Brandon Dubinsky and Brian Boyle each recorded a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who have already locked up the conference’s top seed for the first time since 1993-94 – their last Stanley Cup-winning squad.

After Kunitz opened the scoring with his 25th goal just 1:11 into the game, Dubinsky answered back nearly three minutes later. Boyle skated up the right side and sent a backhand on net that deflected off the pads of Fleury. Dubinsky cleaned up the loose puck with a wrist shot into the upper corner.

Kennedy broke the deadlock and put the Penguins ahead for good at 8:27 of the first, scoring off a long rebound with a snap shot from a tough angle. Park then made it 3-1 at 5:11 of the second on a wrister for his seventh tally.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Penguins were without LW James Neal because of a lower-body injury. He is second on the team with 81 points. … Pittsburgh’s Pascal Dupuis had an assist to extend his point streak to 16 games – the longest mark in the NHL this season. … Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist was given the night off as he deals with soreness in his right forearm and hand.

Top Game Performances

NY Rangers   Pittsburgh
Brian Boyle 2 Points Chris Kunitz 2
Artem Anisimov 1 Goals Chris Kunitz 1
Brian Boyle 2 Assists Jordan Staal 2
Artem Anisimov 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Kris Letang 1
Martin Biron .871 Save Percentage Marc-Andre Fleury .946
Martin Biron 27 Saves Marc-Andre Fleury 35

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Rangers 37 2 1-6 1-1 4 25
Pittsburgh 32 5 0-1 5-6 25 28

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play its next game at home against Philadelphia. The Penguins have a W/L % of .633 after a win and .594 after a loss.
  • NY Rangers will play its next game at home against Washington. The Rangers have a W/L % of .627 after a win and .633 after a loss.
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