NEW YORK – The Pittsburgh Penguins held on for a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and Ziggy Palffy scored goals for the Penguins (4-6-5), who have now won three of their last four games. In addition, the Penguins ensured their season-long five-game road trip would be a winning one. They are 3-1 and wrap up their voyage Wednesday night in Atlanta.
Only one of five Rangers who played for the Penguins at one point in their careers - Darius Kasparaitis - recorded a point. He had an assist on New York's first goal. Meanwhile, ex-Pens Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, Michal Rozsival and Ville Nieminen were shut out by goalie Sebastien Caron.
Lemieux’s first road goal of the year gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
Lemieux redirected Sergei Gonchar’s cross-ice pass into the goal past Kevin Weekes with 4:40 left in the first period. Josef Melichar earned the other assist. It was Lemieux’s sixth goal of the year.
Sidney Crosby’s goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-0 edge over the Rangers at the second intermission.
Crosby took Ric Jackman’s pass and slid the puck through the leg pads of Kevin Weekes with 1:57 left in the second period. Steve Poapst got the other assist. It was Crosby’s fifth goal of the season.
Ziggy Palffy rifled a slap-shot past Weekes 3:42 into the third period to boost the score to 3-0. Ryan Whitney got the only assist on the goal, an absolute laser from Palffy for his sixth tally of the season.
Palffy had a chance to add to the lead on a shorthanded penalty shot 2:12 later. However, Weekes denied the attempt.
Ryan Hollweg got the Rangers (8-4-3) on the scoreboard 6:51 into the period. It was his first goal of the year.
Marcel Hossa brought New York within 3-2 with 6:24 to go. He slid the puck past a drawn-out Caron.
With 3:47 to play, the Rangers got a power play, but the Penguins were able to kill it and preserve the lead.
The Penguins held on as the Rangers pulled Weekes for the extra attacker in the final minute.
ICE CHIPS: Rob Scuderi and Ryan VandenBussche were the Penguins’ scratches…Sebastien Caron got his sixth-straight start in goal for the Penguins…Lyle Odelein wore the alternate captain “A” on his sweater in place of John LeClair, who is out indefinitely with facial fractures…Mark Recchi wore the other “A” as he has all season.