NEW YORK – The New York Rangers held off an intense Penguins third period for a 2-1 win Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Ryan Whitney racked up his first NHL goal, but New York’s Marek Malik countered to give the Rangers a 2-1 edge at the second intermission. It held up as the Penguins dropped their fourth-straight game.
Whitney ripped a shot past Henrik Lundqvist 1:54 into the second period for his first NHL tally in his 15th game. Matt Murley and Mark Recchi earned the assists.
Malik wristed a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury 6:31 into the period for a 2-1 lead.
In the first period, Maxim Kondratiev scored his first NHL goal to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
Kondratiev’s shot from the point deflected off two players in front of the goal and trickled under Fleury’s blocker with one second remaining on a double-minor penalty to Dick Tarnstrom for a 1-0 Rangers lead 7:52 into the game.
Kondratiev is the sixth player to score his first NHL goal this year against the Penguins.
Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby both failed to record a point. It was the first time in Lemieux’s career that he failed to record a point in four-straight games, while Crosby has not tallied a point in his last three games for the first time in his young NHL career.
ICE CHIPS: Lasse Pirjeta, Lyle Odelein and Jocelyn Thibault were the Penguins’ healthy scratches…Ziggy Palffy appeared to sustain an injury late in the second period. He did not take the ice in the third period.