The Rangers ran into a hot Pittsburgh team on Monday night at Mellon Arena, and even though they outplayed their hosts for much of the game, the Blueshirts fell to the Penguins 4-1 behind an Evgeni Malkin hat trick and 43 saves from Ty Conklin.
Recap THREE STARS OF THE GAME
1. E. MALKIN -- PIT
2. T. CONKLIN -- PIT
3. S. CROSBY -- PIT
* Alternate captain Brendan Shanahan was scratched once again from the Rangers lineup due to a sore knee and hamstring.
* Captain Jaromir Jagr scored the only goal for the Rangers, his 13th of the season. He now has scored six goals in his last eleven matches.
* Scott Gomez, who picked up his team-leading 32nd assist on Jagr’s goal, led the club with eight shots on goal. He has recorded 30 shots on goal in his last four games.
* Rookie defenseman Marc Staal
picked up the first fighting major of his NHL career following a scrap in the closing seconds with Pittsburgh's Adam Hall.
* Winger Colton Orr dropped the gloves with Penguins enforcer Georges Laracque just seven seconds into the contest.