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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins survived a four-minute penalty kill and went on the hunt against the New York Rangers.Kris Letang scored his second of the game and Evgeni Malkin scored twice in a span of six minutes [url=http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/todd-gurley-ii-jersey]Authentic Todd Gurley Jersey[/url] , helping the Penguins beat the Rangers 6-5 on Sunday.Defensemen Marcus Pettersson and Brian Dumoulin also scored for the Penguins (31-21-7), who leapfrogged the Carolina Hurricanes for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot.“At the beginning of the third, getting that kill, it gave us such a boost,” Letang said. “And then we got a bunch of goals.”Forty-nine seconds after Sidney Crosby’s high-sticking double minor expired, Letang took a feed from Crosby and beat goalie Alexandar Georgiev to give the Penguins the lead for good with 15:24 left.Malkin then scored twice in a span of 2:31 to give him four goals in two games since serving a one-game suspension for a stick-swinging incident.“He tends to be a guy who builds confidence when he scores, and so I think that bodes well for us and for him,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “He’s an elite player … and you could see it in the third period tonight, the kind of impact he can have.”Mats Zuccarello had two goals [url=http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/todd-gurley-ii-jersey]Todd Gurley Jersey Elite[/url] , and Kevin Hayes and Mika Zibanejad scored over the game’s final 5:46 for the Rangers, who couldn’t complete a second rally after erasing a 3-1 deficit to tie it late in the second period.Not taking the lead during the four-minute power play that spanned the second intermission was crucial to the game’s outcome.“We got demoralized,” Rangers coach David Quinn said, “and they got a new set of energy and a new lift and the whole complexion of the game changed.”Crosby had three assists to give him 11 points in his past five games for the Penguins, who had won just seven of their previous 17 games to fall in danger of missing the postseason for the first time since 2005-06.Malkin has points in seven consecutive games that he has played over the past month, interrupted by missing five games with an upper-body injury and the one game because of suspension.Letang opened the scoring 16:11 into the game. He has 15 goals, one off his career high set in 2015-16.It was the first time all season the Penguins got four goals from defensemen.“The last couple games we have been really active getting chances,” Dumoulin said.Zuccarello’s goals were his 10th and 11th, each tying the game. Ryan Strome also scored for New York [url=http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/todd-gurley-ii-jersey]http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/todd-gurley-ii-jersey[/url] , which had won three of its previous five.The Rangers have scored 11 goals over a two-game span for the first time this season after winning 6-2 at Buffalo on Friday.Zibanejad added an assist and Chris Kreider had two assists, giving the Rangers’ top-line trio of those two and Zuccarello 58 points in their past 14 games.“Except for those five or six minutes there in the third, I think we played a good game,” Zuccarello said. “Obviously, it’s a good team over there. They have good forwards. They’re going to get some chances, but I think we created a bunch of good chances.“It could’ve gone either way. It’s hard when they score three right away — boom, boom, boom.”NOTES: The Rangers scratched D Brady Skjei (lower-body injury sustained during Friday’s game), C Brett Howden (MCL sprain) and RW Jesper Fast (flu). Coach David Quinn said Skjei should be able to return for Tuesday’s game. … Rangers D Neal Pionk did not play during the third period as a precaution after he was hit in the eye by a stick. … Penguins LW Tanner Pearson was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive day after he had been in the lineup for every game since his acquisition from the Los Angeles Kings in November.UP NEXTRangers: New York wraps up a four-game trip Tuesday at Carolina.Penguins: Continuing a stretch of four divisional matchups over a five-game span [url=http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/cooper-kupp-jersey]Authentic Cooper Kupp Jersey[/url] , the Penguins play at New Jersey on Tuesday. ST. LOUIS (AP) Duncan Keith and the Chicago Blackhawks did their part to spoil the St. Louis’ playoff chances.The star defenseman scored a power-play goal with 8.5 seconds left and the Blackhawks beat St. Louis 4-3 on Wednesday night.Alex DeBrincat had a goal and an assist, Andreas Martinsen and Blake Hillman also scored, and Jean-Francois Berube made 30 saves. The Blackhawks beat the Blues for the first time in three meetings this season.”We’re trying to win the game,” Keith said. ”At the end of the day, it’s a bigger game for them but I thought we did a good job of matching their intensity and for us it’s fun to play in a game like that. … There was something on the line so it was a little easier to get the fire going little bit.”Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn each had a goal and an assist for the Blues. They have lost four straight to fall a point behind idle Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.Robert Bortuzzo also scored for the Blues, and Jake Allen made 22 saves in his 14th straight start.”We played terrible in the third from myself out,” Allen said. ”It’s unacceptable especially at home against a team that really has nothing to play for except beat us.”Hillman scored a short-handed goal, his first in the NHL, midway through the second to cut the Blues’ lead to 3-2. He is the fifth Blackhawk to score their first career goal this season.”It’s probably the hardest one-timer I’ve ever taken in my life [url=http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/cooper-kupp-jersey]Cooper Kupp Jersey Elite[/url] ,” said Hillman, who was playing in his second NHL game. ”I closed my eyes and it went through a couple of bodies and luckily Allen didn’t see it.”DeBrincat tied it at 3 at 8:30 of the third with an unassisted goal, before Keith found the net for the first time in 22 games.”It’s been awhile since he scored obviously, but we did some good things as the game progressed and drew the penalty and got a break,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.Bortuzzo opened the scoring at 4:16 of the first period with his fourth goal of the season.Martinsen tied it for Chicago at 8:57 with his first goal of the season, firing a wrist shot that trickled between Allen’s legs after the Blues failed to clear the puck twice.Schenn regained the lead for the Blues just 47 seconds into the second period, putting home a rebound from Vince Dunn’s shot from the high slot. Schenn’s 27th goal is a career high.Tarasenko made it 3-1 at 5:44 of the second. St. Louis took advantage of a Chicago defensive line change and Schenn sprung Tarasenko for a breakaway.FANCY STICK WORKJust 52 seconds into the game, Jaden Schwartz had a wrap-around attempt into a wide-open net, but Keith got his stick on the goal line to block the puck until Berube could get his glove down. The play was reviewed and it was determined that the puck did not cross the line.”I just tried to do what I could there to get everything I could [url=http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/cooper-kupp-jersey]http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/cooper-kupp-jersey[/url] , all the pressure on my stick, because I knew he had some momentum coming around there and was trying to wrap it around, the lane wasn’t there,” Keith said. ”A little luck too in that regard, but Berube ended up getting over there and taking the pressure off.”NOTES: Blues D Alex Pietrangelo played in his 615th career game, one shy of Bob Plager for second-most by a defenseman in franchise history. … The Blackhawks will honor Hall of Famer Stan Mikita before Friday night’s home game against the Blues. Mikita’s grandsons will take the ice on his behalf during the national anthem and highlights of Mikita’s career will be played. … Blues prospect G Ville Husso (San Antonio) was named to the 2017-2018 AHL All-Rookie team. … Blackhawks prospect D Adam Clendening was selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week after scoring two goals and five assists for the week ending April 2.UP NEXTThe teams will meet again Friday night in Chicago.
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