Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Offensive flurry lifts Rangers past Penguins

NEW YORK — Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season and Ryan Callahan his first since returning from a broken thumb as the Rangers matched a season high in goals with a 5-1 victory over the Penguins on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh had won four straight overall and defeated New York eight times among the teams' past nine meetings. But Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan scored 1:05 apart late in the first to put the Rangers ahead. Boyle and Callahan connected within a span of 2:28 in the second to send New York to its fourth win in five games.

Derick Brassard made it 5-1 at 9:57 of the third, and Brad Richards had two assists for New York, which rebounded from a 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Monday and completed a 3-1 homestand. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves for it.

Kris Letang's power-play goal pulled the Penguins to 3-1 with 5:26 left in the second, but Callahan's fourth of the season — in his second game back in the lineup — 1:04 later restored the Rangers' three-goal lead.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who sat out Pittsburgh's 3-0 win at Columbus on Saturday, stopped 20 shots.

The Rangers scored more than three goals for the second time this season. The other time came in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Hurricanes.

Pittsburgh fell to 4-3 on the road and allowed more than two goals for only the sixth time this season.

Game highlights: Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored first-period goals to help the host Blackhawks beat the Jets 4-1. Chicago has won four of five, the only loss coming 3-2 in overtime to Calgary on Sunday. It was the Blackhawks' second convincing victory over the Jets in five days. Chicago won 5-1 in Winnipeg on Saturday.

Around the league: Ducks wing Teemu Selanne, who lost teeth, received 40 stitches and needed oral surgery after taking a high stick against the Flyers on Oct. 29, returned against the Coyotes, a week earlier than expected. Selanne, 43, has three goals and four assists in 11 games. … Jets wing Evander Kane missed his second game with a lower-body injury. … Detroit waived wing Jordin Tootoo. He does not have a point in the second season of his three-year, $5.7 million deal. Fellow Detroit wing Johan Franzen will miss his third game tonight with an upper-body injury. … Columbus wing Nathan Horton skated for the first time since June's shoulder surgery. But he said he won't be ready to play for at least another month. … Wild defenseman Keith Ballard, who previously missed seven games with a concussion, will miss at least two with an upper-body injury sustained Tuesday.

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First Period1, N.Y. Rangers, McDonagh 3 (Boyle), 18:08. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 4 (Zuccarello, Kreider), 19:13. PenaltiesJ.Moore, NYR (interference), 5:27.

Second Period3, N.Y. Rangers, Boyle 1 (Richards, Stralman), 13:10. 4, Pittsburgh, Letang 3 (Kunitz, Malkin), 14:34 (pp). 5, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 4 (Richards, Hagelin), 15:38. PenaltiesHagelin, NYR (hooking), 1:07; Orpik, Pit (interference), 4:53; Girardi, NYR (tripping), 10:45; Pouliot, NYR (closing hand on puck), 14:13; Kunitz, Pit (cross-checking, roughing), 19:23; Zuccarello, NYR (roughing), 19:23.

Third Period6, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 3 (Dorsett), 9:57. PenaltiesCallahan, NYR (goaltender interference), 1:08; Vitale, Pit (interference), 3:31; Richards, NYR (cross-checking), 16:31; Adams, Pit (cross-checking), 19:15; Glass, Pit, minor-major (cross-checking, fighting), 19:15; Dorsett, NYR, minor-major (slashing, fighting), 19:15; Bortuzzo, Pit (slashing), 19:56. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 12-8-9—29. N.Y. Rangers 9-11-5—25. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 1 of 6; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 4. GoaliesPittsburgh, Fleury 10-3-0 (25 shots-20 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 5-6-0 (29-28). A18,006 (17,200).

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First Period1, Chicago, Toews 8 (Sharp, Keith), 17:29. 2, Chicago, P.Kane 9 (Seabrook, Keith), 19:54. PenaltiesP.Kane, Chi (hooking), 4:38; Toews, Chi (hooking), 14:33.

Second Period3, Chicago, Pirri 3 (Smith), 18:02. PenaltiesLadd, Wpg (tripping), 2:51; Tangradi, Wpg (tripping), 11:43.

Third Period4, Chicago, Sharp 4, 4:00. 5, Winnipeg, Setoguchi 3 (Jokinen, Byfuglien), 8:40. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalWinnipeg 11-7-7—25. Chicago 12-11-5—28. Power-play opportunitiesWinnipeg 0 of 2; Chicago 0 of 2. GoaliesWinnipeg, Montoya 2-2-0 (28 shots-24 saves). Chicago, Crawford 9-2-3 (25-24). A21,122 (19,717).

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