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Inconsistent Rangers unable to capture slippery Penguins: 4-1

The New York Rangers (29-12-4) have been unable to put together a consistent string of games, as it has been a mini roller coaster of wins and losses for the Blueshirts. The inability to put together a strong stretch of games cost New York in the 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins (25-17-4) in hockey action on Thursday.

Pittsburgh now seems to have a hot streak in the victory column, as the Penguins have skated to four straight games, snapping a six-game slump.  Evgeni Malkin (24) scored twice, including the empty-netter to ice the victory to lead the Penguins offense.

Malkin now has seven goals in four games, as the center continues to provide offense for the Sidney Crosby-less Penguins. Also recording goals for Pittsburgh were Chris Kunitz (14) and Richard Park (4).

Tallying the lone goal for New York was ‘Energizer Bunny’ Carl Hagelin (8) on a snap shot at the 10:06 mark in the second period of play.  The Rangers were 0-for-2 in the power play, making them 0-for-14 in seven games.

Keeper Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves on the day of his ‘Crown Collection’ clothing line. The Swedish cager will have a crown logo with the number 30 at the center, is now on sale at Madison Square Garden retail stores, with proceeds going to the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation click here:

http://www.gardenofdreamsfoundation.org/

The franchise also announced on their official site that the 25th Annual Sports Auction for the Ice Hockey in Harlem Foundation on Friday, February 3. This year’s event will feature autograph signings and a sports memorabilia auction, is going to be held at the Planet Hollywood in Times Square from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Click here for the Ice Hockey in Harlem official site:

http://www.icehockeyinharlem.org/

New York will now hit the road to take on the Boston Bruins for a Saturday afternoon game. The Rangers/Bruins game is scheduled to air on the NHL-Network with face-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Written on January 20, 2012

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