Pittsburgh Penguins extend win streak to seven games with 3-1 win over New York Rangers

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  • Pittsburgh Penguins extend win streak to seven games with 3-1 win over New York Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins extend win streak to seven games with 3-1 win over New York Rangers

The Pittsburgh Penguins skated onto the ice at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Monday 29 November on a six-game winning streak. After defeating the New York Rangers by a score of 3-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 18,200, they extended that streak to seven consecutive wins.

The Penguins got the scoring started at 5:10 of the first period. The play began with the Rangers’ Daniel Girardi blocking a shot from the Penguins’ Pascal Dupuis. The block sent the puck into the air and into the glove of the Rangers’ forward Ruslan Fedotenko. After Fedotenko dropped the puck to the ice he struggled to control it and Maxime Talbot swept in and put the puck behind Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist for the 1-0 Pittsburgh lead.

The next goal would not come until past the midway point of the second period. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby passed the puck to a wide-open Kris Letang, who scored his fifth goal of the season with a snap shot.  Crosby’s assist on the goal extended his point-scoring streak to 13 games.

Pittsburgh would make it 3-0 a little more than one minute later. This third Penguins goal started much like their first, with a blocked shot.  The Rangers’ Steve Eminger blocked a Tyler Kennedy shot and before the rebound could be cleared, Chris Conner skated in and fired the puck past Lundqvist for the goal.

The Rangers lone goal came 16:19 into the second period. Marian Gaborik was 35 feet from the Penguins net when he surprised Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with a quick wrist shot, scoring his fifth goal of the season.

The 3-1 victory was Fleury’s sixth win in a row when getting the start in the Pittsburgh net.

The win gave the Penguins 34 points, the same number as the Atlantic Division leading Philadelphia Flyers, but due to tie-breaker criteria, the Penguins are in second place in the East. The Flyers keep their first place standing with a better win percentage.

Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma spoke about his teams winning streak with NHL.com, saying, “We've been able to win hockey games in different ways and tonight when you talk about where we got the goals from and how we got the goals you start to see we're not depending on the power play or just one person. We have a lot of people contributing if the team is playing the right way. That's what you like to see."

 

 

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