Close games are starting to become the norm for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are within striking distance of first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Heading into Monday's visit to the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh (41-24-11, 93 points) is 13-4-4 in its last 21 games -- with eight of those wins coming by two goals or fewer.
The Penguins lost four straight from Feb. 2-9 and went 5-8-1 in the 14 games immediately after their eight-game winning streak from Dec. 19-Jan. 4. In the last game of that slump the Penguins were seven points out, but after getting a 3-2 win Saturday night in Dallas they are third in the division -- two points behind the New York Islanders and three behind first-place Washington.
During this hot stretch, the Penguins are 8-1-4 in games decided by two goals or less.
"We've had some practice with tight games and defending leads and that kind of thing," Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said. "I'd like to think we're getting better in that area, and with every experience, we've gone through, I think it's helped us." >> Read more
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