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'Mature beyond his years,' Murray lifts Penguins

21-year-old has allowed one goal in two playoff wins against Rangers

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Years from now, maybe after Matt Murray puts the finishing touches on a Hall of Fame career, the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie will tell the story of his first two Stanley Cup Playoff games.

There may be some who won't believe him, who will want proof. They wouldn't be out of line to ask either, because it does seem like a fairy tale of sorts.

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Rangers can't find footing on home ice

Shut out by Penguins in Game 4, have lost five straight playoff games in New York

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Home hasn't been kind to the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs recently.

The Rangers lost 5-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, their fifth straight playoff loss at home. They have been shut out three times and outscored 18-3 in that span.

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Malkin making things happen for Penguins

Back from injury, center gets going with four-point game against Rangers

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- In his third game of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the real Evgeni Malkin finally showed up.

"I know I can help the team," the Pittsburgh Penguins center confidently said following his two goals and two assists in a 5-0 win against the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Thursday. "I know I can help the team to win every game."

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Instant analysis: Rangers vs. Penguins, Game 4

Malkin, special teams help Pittsburgh put New York on brink of elimination

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The Pittsburgh Penguins moved within one game of advancing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 5-0 win against the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-1 with Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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Malkin, Murray propel Penguins in Game 4

Pittsburgh takes 3-1 lead in series against Rangers

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- It didn't take Evgeni Malkin all that long to get back into form.

The Pittsburgh Penguins center had two goals and two assists, and rookie goalie Matt Murray made 31 saves in a 5-0 win against the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

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Five keys for Rangers vs. Penguins, Game 4

Winning special teams, neutral-zone battles critical for New York to even series

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins play Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA Sports, ROOT, MSG). The Penguins lead best-of-7 series 2-1. 

The Rangers will try to end a four-game home losing streak in the Stanley Cup Playoffs that goes back to Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final last season. They have scored three goals in those four games; one in the past three.

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Rangers 'need to be better' in Game 4

New York will try to even series against Penguins after latest home loss

by Dan Rosen @drosennnhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers are trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series because of their lack of execution in Game 3. Plain and simple.

The Penguins played a solid road game to win 3-1 at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. The Rangers let it happen because they played an indefensible home game. Pittsburgh was excellent in defending, but New York contributed with a sloppy attack.

"There are nights like that," Rangers center Derick Brassard said. "It wasn't clicking."

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Penguins looking for more from Malkin

Forward works to get timing back; Rangers aim to knot series

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Game 4: PENGUINS at RANGERS

Eastern Conference First Round

Penguins lead best-of-7 series 2-1

TV: 7 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA Sports, SN, MSG, ROOT

NEW YORK -- It hasn't been a seamless transition for Evgeni Malkin, who returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup on Saturday after missing more than a month with a shoulder injury.

Though he has a power-play assist in each of his two games in the Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Rangers, Malkin struggled and had trouble adjusting to new linemates.

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Special teams stand out for Penguins

Pittsburgh holds 2-1 lead, won't have Fleury against Rangers in Game 4

by Mike G. Morreale @MikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan knows winning the special-teams battle is a recipe for success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Penguins have done that against the New York Rangers through three games of the Eastern Conference First Round.

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Rangers' Girardi skates, remains day-to-day

Defenseman sidelined with undisclosed injury; New York focused on improving special teams

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi was one of 12 skaters who participated in an optional practice at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Girardi, though, is still considered day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

"I don't think that's changed," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

Girardi has not played since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers trail the best-of-7 series 2-1 going into Game 4 in New York on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVA Sports, ROOT, MSG).

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