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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.

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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.

at Rangers 2 2 1 5
Penguins 0 1 0 1

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).

at Blackhawks 2 1 1 4
Jets 0 0 1 1

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).

Offensive flurry lifts Rangers past Penguins 11/06/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 11:15pm]
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