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Rangers hold Penguins 3-2 – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Frank Vatrano and Braden Schneider scored less than five minutes apart in the second half, Chris Kreider added his 45th goal in the third and the New York Rangers moved into second place with a 3-2 win in of the Metropolitan Division before the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

Igor Shesterskin made 22 saves, including a stop on Penguins forward Jake Guentzel in the dying seconds to help New York beat Pittsburgh for the second time in five days.

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The Penguins, who made an 11-goal breakout in Sunday’s clash with Detroit, needed nearly two full periods to muster that many shots against New York as the Rangers won for the second time in three encounters.

Sidney Crosby scored his 25th goal and Brian Boyle his ninth for the Penguins. Tristan Jarry stopped 23 shots but fell to 6-2 in his last eight starts, both losses going to New York.

The teams wrap up their regular season streak on April 7 at Madison Square Garden. There are likely a few more duels to come in the playoffs, with first-place Carolina seemingly controlling the Metropolitan Division and fourth-place Washington leaning towards one of the two wild cards in the Eastern Conference.

Last week, New York overwhelmed Pittsburgh with a furious start. This time the Rangers Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Co. put the clamps on early and trusted in the resilience that shaped them. The win marked the Rangers’ 23rd comeback win, a franchise record and most this season in the NHL.

The open space and random jumps that abounded as the reeling Red Wings scored 11 goals — Pittsburgh’s highest total in a game since 1993 — vanished against the Rangers.

Still, the Penguins managed to take a 14-24 lead when Boyle blocked a shot from defenseman Brian Dumoulin that found its way to Shesterkin.

Pittsburgh retained the advantage, despite sporadically putting pressure on Shesterkin well into the second half before a shaky attempt at clearance from Dumoulin found its way to Mika Zibanejad’s stick, who quickly slotted him to Vatrano. Vatrano’s quick 13:32 shot in the second round gave him 15 goals of the season, five since joining New York at the close after a trade with Florida.

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Less than five minutes later, Rangers went in front when Schneider jumped into play, hurtling down the slot and hammering in a pass from Artemi Panarin to make it 2-1 home.

Kreider extended New York’s lead to two as he worked his way to the top of the net and jammed 1:06 into the third with a rebound on the power play.
Crosby extended his home scoring streak to 13 games and moved up to 23rd on the NHL career scorers list with a power play goal of his own just after halftime of the third. But the Penguins failed to equalize and fell to third place in the Metropolitan Division with 14 games remaining, spoiling a night when the club honored retired Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger, who made a career in January after 18 seasons and two Super Bowl victories, dropped a ceremonial first puck before the game and watched from the owner’s box alongside Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux.

NOTES: Crosby has 1,395 career points, ahead of Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille. … Malkin assisted Crosby’s goal and gave him 697 in his career, the most for a Russian-born NHL player. … The Penguins all wore No. 7 jerseys during warm-up as a tribute to Roethlisberger.

NEXT

Rangers: Visit the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Penguins: Start a two-game road trip Thursday when they travel to Minnesota.

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