|PIT||1||3||3||(0 - 0)||7|
|NYR||1||3||0||(0 - 0)||4|
NEW YORK (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Penguins are streaking in a way they find refreshingly different.
``We've got a winning streak. We're happy about that,'' defenseman Dick Tarnstrom said Sunday after the Penguins beat the New York Rangers 7-4 to post consecutive victories for the first time since December.
Tarnstrom scored a tying goal in the second period, then set up Konstantin Koltsov's winner with 6:27 remaining. Ryan Malone stretched the lead 53 seconds later for the Penguins, 4-2-1 since breaking their 18-game losing streak.
``The last week and a half has been pretty good,'' Tarnstrom said.
Pittsburgh, an NHL-worst 15-44-6-4, hadn't won two straight since home victories on Dec. 13-16.
Milan Kraft had two goals, one with 3:50 remaining for the Penguins, who ended a 16-game winless streak at home Saturday by beating Anaheim.
``I think it was building even when we went through that tough streak,'' rookie coach Eddie Olczyk said. ``Unfortunately for us, in those games we weren't winning. As of late, we're playing a lot better and the guys are getting rewarded.''
It's been quite the opposite for the Rangers, who are being stripped of veteran talent. The Rangers are approaching the end of a seventh straight season without a playoff appearance.
New York traded off Brian Leetch, Alex Kovalev, Petr Nedved, Jussi Markkanen and Chris Simon in a four-trade roster purge this week by general manager Glen Sather.
The Rangers were trying for their first winning streak since Dec. 29-30, but instead gave their frustrated fans more to vent about. Matthew Barnaby scored two goals in what was likely his last game with the Rangers, and Mark Messier and Jan Hlavac added three assists each.
Barnaby scored in the first period to bring the Rangers into a 1-1 tie and then got his 100th NHL goal with 2.4 seconds left in the middle period to get New York even at 4.
The gritty Barnaby is expected to be dealt before the NHL trade deadline Tuesday.
``It has obviously crept into my mind,'' Barnaby said. ``It is a tough game to play when the people have been so good to you here and you know it is probably the last time you are going to play in a Ranger uniform.
``We know what they're doing here. It's just part of the job. You wait, and your time is coming, but you just get ready for it.''
Barnaby is likely not the only player to be sent packing soon. Interest from playoff contenders has surrounded forward Martin Rucinsky, as well as defensemen Greg de Vries, Vladimir Malakhov and Tom Poti, who scored his ninth goal to give New York a 2-1 lead in the second.
Messier's name has also come up in talks, but leaving New York is not in his plans. The captain, who has two goals and eight assists in six games, said he hasn't spoken to Sather since he relinquished his coaching duties Feb. 25 to focus on being the GM.
Messier said he made it clear in the past he doesn't want to be dealt. He stopped short of saying he wouldn't report if a trade is completed.
``I don't feel like going somewhere else is really what I'm looking for,'' the 43-year-old Messier said.
Jaromir Jagr also scored for the Rangers. Hlavac, a healthy scratch the previous two games, and Messier set up both of Barnaby's goals, and Poti's.
Rob Scuderi scored his first NHL goal and had his first multipoint game by assisting on Kraft's first goal. Tarnstrom and Landon Wilson also scored in Pittsburgh's three-goal second period. The Penguins also had three in the third for their highest-scoring game of the season.
``It was a different type of game and we are extremely pleased to come out with a win,'' Olczyk said.
Poti scored 3:33 into the second to push the Rangers ahead 2-1, but Tarnstrom netted his 13th goal five seconds into a power play to tie it.
Kraft made it 3-2 when he got a shot to trickle between the crook in the arm of goalie Jason LaBarbera, a goal that had the rookie bent over his pads with his head on the ice in embarrassment.
It took only 51 seconds for Brian Holzinger to find Wilson for an easy redirect goal that made it 4-2.
|Rob Scuderi (1) Snap shot - ASST: Mike Eastwood (15), Ryan Malone (16)|
1 - 0 PIT
|Matthew Barnaby (11) Tip-in - ASST: Jan Hlavac (14), Mark Messier (20)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Tom Poti (9) Slapshot - ASST: Jan Hlavac (15), Mark Messier (21)|
2 - 1 NYR
|PPG - Dick Tarnstrom (13) Slapshot - ASST: Richard Jackman (11), Ryan Malone (17)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Milan Kraft (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Tom Kostopoulos (9), Rob Scuderi (2)|
3 - 2 PIT
|Landon Wilson (3) Tip-in - ASST: Brian Holzinger (15), Konstantin Koltsov (19)|
4 - 2 PIT
|PPG - Jaromir Jagr (27) Wrist shot - ASST: Greg De Vries (12), Bobby Holik (29)|
4 - 3 PIT
|Matthew Barnaby (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Messier (22), Jan Hlavac (16)|
4 - 4 Tie
|Konstantin Koltsov (7) Snap shot - ASST: Dick Tarnstrom (27)|
5 - 4 PIT
|Ryan Malone (21) Slapshot - ASST: NONE|
6 - 4 PIT
|PPG - Milan Kraft (16) Slapshot - ASST: Aleksey Morozov (24), Dick Tarnstrom (28)|
7 - 4 PIT
|Josef Melichar Broken stick against Jaromir Jagr|
|Brooks Orpik Interference against Vladimir Malakhov|
|Dale Purinton Interference against Matt Bradley|
|Ryan Malone Holding - Obstruction against Mark Messier|
|Mark Messier Hooking against Konstantin Koltsov|
|Dale Purinton Hi-sticking against Milan Kraft|
|Dale Purinton Slashing against Milan Kraft|