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Penguins beat Rangers 3-1 for win seventh straight win

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The Penguins won their seventh straight 3-1 over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves; Kris Letang, Max Talbot and Chris Connor scored; Pascal Dupuis added two assists and Sidney Crosby's helper on Letang's goal extended his points streak to 13 straight.

Penguins 3 - Rangers 1

Madison Square Garden, New York City

The New York Rangers were the last team to send Pittsburgh to a loss of any kind. Ever since that overtime setback more than two weeks ago, the Penguins have not lost. The winning streak reached seven as the Pens went into the most famous arena in the world and came away with another impressive team victory. On a night where Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin combined for a lone assist, it was the grinders who took care of the scoring. Chris Conner continued his brilliance in MSG while Max Talbot and defensemen Kris Letang also added a goal. Pascal Dupuis added two assists.


Five minutes into the game, Talbot found a loose puck on the doorstep and beat Ranger goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The Penguins took a 2-0 lead midway through the second as Letang buried a pretty pass from Crosby. Barely a minute later, Conner scored the Pens' third and final goal. Marian Gaborik managed to beat Fleury with a long range snap shot with four minutes remaining. Neither team scored in the third as the Pens played suffocating defense.


PENS- Talbot (5), Letang (5), Conner (2); NYR- Gaborik (5).

Assists: PENS- Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Alex Goligoski had an assist each, while Dupuis, who was also named the game's No. 1 star, had two helpers. NYR- Former Penguin defensemen Michal Rozsival had the only assist for the Rangers.

Special teams: The Penguins failed to score on their lone power play. Once again, the penalty kill put up a goose egg for the opposing power play. The Rangers were 0 for 3 with the man advantage as the Penguins No. 1 penalty kill has now set aside 30 in a row.


Fleury is now 8-0-1 in his last nine starts. After resting Saturday as back-up Brent Johnson got the win against calgary, Fleury got right back at it tonight. He made some key saves early until Talbot gave the Pens the lead, and he made the lead stand until he was spotted a three-goal lead. Lundqvist was not nearly as good as he was in Pittsburgh earlier in the month. He never saw Letang's goal and once Conner beat him, the Pens were not going to lsoe with the way Fleury was playing.


The Pens get a few days off before welcoming the surging Atlanta Thrashers to the Consol Energy Center for the first time ever on Thursday evening at 7pm.

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