- 5:55 PIT Sidney Crosby (PP); Assists: Ian Cole, Justin Schultz
- 16:59 NYR Matt Puempel; Assists: Marek Hrivik, Nick Holden
- 4:43 PIT Evgeni Malkin; Assists: Chris Kunitz, Phil Kessel
- 8:58 PIT Phil Kessel; Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Brian Dumoulin
- 1:52 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
- 4:11 PIT Justin Schultz; Assist: Evgeni Malkin
- 6:12 PIT Bryan Rust; Assist: Sidney Crosby
- 12:22 PIT Patric Hornqvist (PP); Assist: Nick Bonino
Sidney Crosby picked up his NHL-leading 22nd goal, Evgeni Malkin added a goal and two assists and the Pittsburgh Penguins toppled the New York Rangers 7-2 on Tuesday night to move into a tie with the Rangers atop the crowded Metropolitan Division.
Michael Grabner collected his team-high 14th goal for New York and Matt Puempel added his second, but New York struggled to keep pace with Pittsburgh. Antti Raanta stopped 40 of 47 shots and allowed four third-period goals after the Rangers had pulled within 3-2.
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- The Penguins came out, stepped on the gas and barely let up all night as they took it to the Rangers. They pressured, forced turnovers and capitalized when the Rangers took penalties.
- Still, while the game never really felt that close, the Rangers made it 3-2 early in the third. According to the scoreboard they were at least in the game and in a position where they could tie it but then the Pens came right back down and scored.
- With how the Rangers looked, tired, and how they played, sloppy, it wouldn't have made a difference who was in net. At least with Raanta starting tonight and hanging in for all 7 goals there are side stories or side conversations about a rough start for Henrik Lundqvist or his struggles against the Pens. This should just roll off of Antti Raanta, especially since he didn't get a whole lot of help.
- The Rangers have been taking quite a few penalties lately. With their strong PK over the past few weeks it hasn't been a big topic, but giving up 4 PP goals against in the past two games will certainly make it one.
- The Rangers won 3 of 4 without Rick Nash when he was out with his first groin injury. They are talented enough and capable of scoring and winning without him but they sure looked like they missed him tonight. They lacked that offensive punch that he has brought in the past three games.
- Overall the Rangers have gone win 3, lose 1, win 3, lose 1 in the past 8 games. They weren't great tonight but overall they are playing a much better and structured brand of hockey than they did in the weeks prior to this 8 game stretch.
Next Game: The Rangers will host the Wild at MSG on Friday at 7 p.m. ET