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Pens vs. Rangers Live Game Blog

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins representatives will be providing a live-game blog during Penguins' home games this season. Check back for updates, injury reports and information throughout the game.

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3:36 PM: The horn blasts and the Pens celebrate this very important inter-division win over the Rangers. The Pens outshot the Rangers, 9-7, in the final frame.

Three Stars:
1. Ruslan Fedotenko
2. Sidney Crosby
3. Ryan Callahan

3:53 PM: Crosby hits the post on an empty-net chance after Girardi tripped him as Crosby entered the zone. Girardi goes to the box for the stunt.

3:33 PM: Fleury makes a clutch pad save on a Rangers' shot from inside the slot to keep the Pens in the game. At the other end of the ice, Malkin missed an empty-net chance.

3:19 PM: With an incredible individual effort, Crosby nets a go-ahead goal for the Pens. Crosby split the Rangers' defense and shot the puck into the far right side of the net after Fedotenko set him up with a pass in the neutral zone. Penguins 4, Rangers 3.

2:58 PM: The Pens return for the third period against Sean Avery and the Rangers. Here's a fun side note: Did you know Sean Avery interned at Vogue Magazine over the summer? Check out this photo of Avery sporting "dress capris" on the job.

2:42 PM: The crowd started a boisterous "Let's Go Pens" chant as the second period draws to a close. The Pens outshot the Rangers 10-7 during this period.

2:33 PM: The Rangers tie up the game with a goal from Nik Antropov. Antropov received the puck in the slot and backhanded it past Fleury. Penguins 3, Rangers 3.

2:30 PM: Ranger defenseman and Jordan Staal's big brother, Marc, heads to the box for high sticking. Check out this awesome photo via the New York Times of all four of the Staal brothers (L to R: Marc, Eric, Jared, Jordan) 

2:12 PM: The Penguins take a 3-2 lead. Rob Scuderi prevented the Rangers from scoring in the Penguins' end by scooping a loose puck out of the crease and passed it up to Kennedy. Kennedy set up Fedotenko with a pass through the neutral zone, creating a three-on-one for the Penguins. Fedotenko lifted the puck into the upper left shelf to put the Penguins in the lead once again. Penguins 3, Rangers 2.

2:09 PM: Heavyweights Eric Godard and Colton Orr get into a scuffle in the Rangers zone. Godard notched several jabs in the fight before the referees intervened and broke it up. The crowd was energized by the spar.

2:04 PM: The Rangers and the Penguins return to the ice to begin the second period. The Penguins start out with Malkin, Sykora and Cooke for the first shift.

1:45 PM: The Pens came out strong against the Rangers netting a two-point lead; however, the Rangers didn't give up, and managed to come back in the last minutes of the frame. The Rangers outshot the Pens, 15-9, in the period.

1:44 PM: The Rangers tie the score at 2-2 with just four seconds remaining in the first period. Brandon Dubinsky slipped a puck past Fleury's left skate on a wrap-around maneuver. Penguins 2, Rangers 2.

1:42 PM: The Rangers cut the Pens lead in half with under two minutes left in the first period. Scott Gomez won a faceoff at the near circle and dropped the puck to Avery. Avery tapped the puck over to Ryan Callahan who lifted a shot past Fleury on the glove side. Penguins 2, Rangers 0. 

1:31 PM: The Pens net another even-strength goal with the help of Evgeni Malkin and Talbot. Matt Cooke skated the puck into the Rangers zone and passed it to Malkin at the near-half wall. Malkin spun around and made a perfect backhand pass across the slot to Talbot who was in position at the back door. Lundqvist made the initial save, but Cooke was able to pound in a rebound for the goal. Penguins 2, Rangers 0.

1:23 PM: Max Talbot scores the first goal of the game, giving the Pens a 1-0 lead over the Rangers. Fedotenko dished the puck up to Talbot in the neutral zone and Talbot skated it into the Rangers end. He burned Paul Mara and flicked the puck past Lundqvist's five-hole for the point. Penguins 1, Rangers 0.

1:16 PM: Tyler Kennedy takes on Ranger hot-shot Sean Avery in a bout in front of the Penguins bench. "Mr. Kennedy" clearly got the best of Avery in the spar, taking the agitator down after a few punches. Both players are in the box for five-minute fighting penalties. The Mellon Arena crowd loved Kennedy's tenacious act and cheered him all the way to the box.

1:05 PM: This afternoon the Pens face off against division rivals the New York Rangers. The Rangers trail the Pens by just one point on the playoff standings, making this game an important one for both sides.

After a spectacular performance over the Flames on Wednesday, Marc-Andre Fleury is in net again for the Pens. Scratches this afternoon are forward Craig Adams and defenseman Philippe Boucher.

The Rangers have Henrik Lundqvist in net and scratches are forward Aaron Voros and defenseman Michal Rozival.
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