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Rangers eject Penguins 5-1 – CBS Pittsburgh

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Kreider scored twice, Mika Zibanejad had three assists and Igor Shesterkin made 20 saves as the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Friday night.

Alexis Lafreniere, Frank Vatrano and new signing Andrew Copp also scored for the Rangers, who scored three goals in the first more than four minutes of the game against Penguins goalie Tristian Jarry, who came into the game on a five-game winning streak and a 7-1 win came. 0 mark in his last eight appearances.

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Jeff Carter scored Pittsburgh’s only goal six minutes into the third game.

The Rangers bounced back from Tuesday’s 7-4 away loss to the Devils with a convincing performance against the Penguins, a potential first-round playoff opponent who made their first visit to Madison Square Garden this season.

Rangers have won five of their last seven games and eight of 12. New York continued their dominant game at home, improving to 8-2-1 in the last 11 at the Garden and 21-6-3 overall. Rangers are playing 11 of their remaining 17 games at home.

The Penguins arrived with a 21-7-5 record in the league and a 11-2-3 mark in their last 16 games against the Rangers, who took control by scoring three goals in the opening 4:16 .

Lafreniere started the early barrage at 2:07 and slipped the puck past Jarry for his 14th goal of the season. Filip Chytil and Barclay Goodrow assisted. Lafreniere has a career-best five-game points streak.

Kreider then electrified the Garden crowd at 3:58 by taking a pass from Zibanejad before firing a shot past Jarry.

The assist was Zibanejad’s 500th point of his career.

Just 18 seconds later, Vatrano made it 3-0 for the home side with his 12th goal of the season and the second goal as a Ranger since coming to New York from Florida on March 16.

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The Rangers killed Dryden Hunt with a four-minute high-stick penalty to end the first game in which New York beat Pittsburgh 11-5.

Kreider scored his second goal of the game and 44th of the season at 6:37 of the second and shot the puck past Jarry with the Ranger outnumbered.

Kreider has six goals in his last six games and 10 in his last 12 competitions.

Copp, acquired from Winnipeg Monday, scored his first goal as a Ranger and 14th of the season at 5:47 of the third.

NOTES: Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was a late scrape due to a non-COVID illness… Pittsburgh also scraped forward Brock McGinn. … Rangers scratched forwards Ryan Reaves, Greg McKegg, Julien Gauthier and defenders Justin Braun and Libor Hajek. … The teams meet again on March 29 in Pittsburgh and April 7 at MSG. … The Penguins won the previous meeting on Feb. 26 in Pittsburgh, 1-0. … The Rangers will play all but one of their remaining games against Eastern Conference opponents, except just on April 19 at home against Winnipeg.

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