Penguins Defeat NHL’s Eastern Conference Top Seed Rangers 5-2

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers 5-2.

The Penguins (50-25-6) have 106 points, three fewer than the No. 1 Rangers (51-23-7) in the Atlantic Division. The Rangers share the National Hockey League lead with the Vancouver Canucks, who hold the advantage with fewer non-shootout losses. In the conference, top-seeded New York is nine points ahead of the second-seeded Boston Bruins of the Northeast Division.

Chris Kunitz gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 71 seconds into the first period last night at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Three minutes later, Brandon Dubinsky tied the game before Tyler Kennedy put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1 midway through the period.

Richard Park gave the home team a two-goal advantage five minutes after the start of the second period and Evgeni Malkin made it 4-1 midway through the final period. Artem Anisimov scored a power-play goal for the Rangers with two minutes left in the game before Kris Letang completed the scoring for the Penguins with 49 seconds remaining.

The win assures the Penguins of home-ice advantage in their first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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