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Rangers-Penguins Preview

GAME: New York Rangers (10-5-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (5-7-5).

TIME: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST.

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins look to extend their winning streak over the first-place New York Rangers when the teams meet for the second time in six days.

Pittsburgh beat New York 3-2 on Monday, getting goals from Crosby, Mario Lemieux and Ziggy Palffy to increase its winning streak in the series to four since a 4-1 loss on Jan. 3, 2004.

The Penguins are coming off a 3-2 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday as Crosby scored the only goal in the shootout.

"It's so amazing, it's hard to believe," Crosby said of a memorable game against the team he grew up rooting for. "I was just fortunate to get that shot. I got lucky with that shot."

Crosby and Lemieux both scored goals for Pittsburgh in regulation.

"He's quite amazing. It's great to be on the ice with him," Lemieux said.

Lemieux has victimized the Rangers throughout his career with 61 goals and 71 assists in 68 games. The totals are the most for any player against New York.

While Lemieux has tormented the Rangers for years, his former teammate Jaromir Jagr has led the Rangers to the top of the Atlantic Division.

Jagr is among the NHL's leaders with 14 goals and 25 points. He has not scored in his last four games, but the Rangers are 3-1 in those contests, including a 5-2 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

Dominic Moore had two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves for New York, which improved to 2-0 on its five-game road trip.

"Huge win for us," Lundqvist said. "We knew for sure it was going to be a tough game for us. I think we played smart. We didn't let them have too many turnovers."

The 23-year-old rookie has emerged as the No. 1 goalie for the Rangers, posting a 7-2-2 record and 1.88 goals-against average. Lundqvist has saved 157 of 168 shots in winning four of his last five starts.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 10): Rangers - 23 points, 1st place, Atlantic Division. Penguins - 15 points, 4th place, 8 PB, Atlantic Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Rangers - Jagr, 14 goals and 25 points; Martin Straka, 16 assists; Darius Kasparaitis, 32 PIM. Penguins - Lemieux, 7 goals; Crosby, 14 assists and 20 points; Brooks Orpik, 34 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 11): Rangers - Power play: 18.1 percent (20 for 110), 15th in NHL. Penalty killing: 88.0 percent (110 for 125), 2nd. Penguins - Power play: 19.1 percent (23 for 120), 13th. Penalty killing: 76.0 percent (89 for 117), 29th.

GOALTENDERS: Rangers - Lundqvist (7-2-2, 1 SO, 1.88 GAA); Kevin Weekes (3-3-1, 3.11). Penguins - Jocelyn Thibault (1-3-1, 4.67); Marc-Andre Fleury (0-1-1, 4.05).

SEASON SERIES: Penguins, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Monday; Penguins, 3-2. At New York, Sebastien Caron made 35 saves and Pittsburgh ended Jagr's 12-game point streak.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rangers - 5-3-1 on the road; Penguins - 2-3-2 at home.

Associated Press
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