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Blueshirts blanked by Fleury and the Penguins: 2-0

The New York Rangers (38-15-5) had a five-game winning streak snapped by the Pittsburgh Penguins (34-21-5) in a 2-0 blanking in Tuesday night hockey action. Helping to lead Pittsburgh to the victory was cager Marc-Andre Fleury turning away all 27 shots that the Blueshirts sent his way.

Henrik Lundqvist stood tall in the Rangers cage, stopping all but two shots, as Penguins sniper Evgeni Malkin and Steve Sullivan were the lone offense in the victory. Malkin was the second star of the game with his two points (one goal, one assist).

For Pittsburgh this is the first home win over the Blueshirts since 2009, in a playoff type atmosphere in the CONSOL Energy Center. New York tried everything they could to shut down the Penguins, hitting the ice for 14 blocked shots.

Brian Boyle led the physical play with six hits, while center John Mitchell finished with five. Mitchell combined with blueliner Marc Staal to lead the team in blocked shots with three each. Brad Richards led the offense with four shots, while four other Rangers had three shots each.

It will be the Battle of the Big Apple on Friday night, as the Rangers take on the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. The game between the Blueshirts and Isles is slated to air on the MSG network, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Written on February 22, 2012

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