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Rangers stay hot, top Penguins in SO

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Benoit Pouliot scored a pair of goals and Brad Richards netted the deciding marker in the shootout, lifting the New York Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final game for both teams prior to the Olympic break.

Dan Girardi added a goal and an assist and Henrik Lundqvist came up with 26 saves to help the Rangers deal the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins to only their second loss in their last 18 tests at CONSOL Energy Center.

New York, meanwhile, heads into the hiatus having notched wins in five of its last six outings.

Pittsburgh fell despite a 38-save effort from Marc-Andre Fleury, but still managed to nab a point when James Neal scored with 2:56 left in regulation to forge a 3-3 tie.

Neal and Olli Maatta each finished with a goal and an assist for the Penguins, with Evgeni Malkin accounting for Pittsburgh's other score.

"We were lucky to take one point," said Malkin. "The last 10 minutes I think we played better than the Rangers, but the whole game we need to play 60 minutes and [over] 60 minutes we did not play great."

The loss furthered dampened an already tough day for Pittsburgh, which revealed earlier Friday that standout defenseman Kris Letang suffered a mild stroke last week and will be out of action for a minimum of six additional weeks.

Lundqvist turned back Jussi Jokinen and Sidney Crosby in the shootout before Mats Zuccarello gave the Rangers the upper hand by placing a backhander between Fleury's legs.

Malkin kept Pittsburgh alive with a successful 5-hole attempt on Lundqvist to begin the third round, but Richards followed with a riser over Fleury's right shoulder for the clincher.

"I thought we deserved this win with the way that we played the whole game," said Lundqvist.

The Rangers appeared on their way to prevailing in regulation before Maatta won a battle for the puck in the New York zone and delivered an on-target centering pass that Neal flicked past Lundqvist in the 58th minute.

New York had taken a 3-2 edge courtesy of Pouliot's second of the night, a power-play tally in which Girardi's long drive went left of the net and caromed right to the Rangers wing on the doorstep with 10:36 remaining in the third period.

Pouliot also potted the game's initial goal a mere 64 seconds in, alertly poking in a puck left loose in the crease by Fleury following a left-skate stop on Zuccarello.

Pittsburgh drew even on its first power-play opportunity of the night, which came just past the midway stage of the opening period. A shot from the point by Paul Martin was deflected in front and blocked by Lundqvist, but Maatta swept in uncovered from the left side to tap home the rebound and tie the score at 1-1.

New York surged back ahead early in the second period, needing only four seconds to capitalize on a slashing call to Neal with 30 seconds elapsed in the frame.

Derick Brassard won the resulting faceoff and worked the puck back to Girardi, who fired a shot into the top right corner of the net with Pouliot setting a screen.

"It was a night where it was about the special teams and we came up big [in that area]," Lundqvist remarked.

The Penguins knotted things up once again later in the period by virtue of another man-advantage goal, with Malkin's blast from the right circle landing over Lundqvist's right shoulder 18 seconds after New York's Rick Nash was sent off for inference.

Game Notes

Pittsburgh had killed off 30 consecutive penalties on home ice prior to Girardi's goal, a streak dating back to Dec. 16 against Toronto ... Both teams ended 2-for-4 on the power play ... Brassard and Zuccarello each extended their point streaks to six games, while Malkin and Neal are riding five-game runs ... The Penguins and Rangers will each be sending seven players to Sochi, with Crosby captaining defending goal medal winner Canada and Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma piloting the United States squad. Lundqvist (Sweden), Malkin (Russia), Nash (Canada), Martin (U.S.), Jokinen and Maatta (Finland) and Zuccarello (Norway) are also among those to participate.

02/07 23:30:07 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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CHA 88
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ATL 3
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SEA 2
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MIL 3
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CIN 8
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CWS 16
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HOU 1
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COL 9
PHI 10
 
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
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BOS 0
BAL 3
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
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CHI 54
WAS 48
 
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Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
2nd
MON 1
TAM 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
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NOR 6
DUR 3