Pittsburgh Penguins

Goodbye 3rd place; Rangers smoke Penguins at MSG 4-2

NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Penguins needed to win in regulation to have a realistic chance to catch the New York Rangers for third place in the Metro Division. New York generally had the better offensive chances.

Despite New York’s advantages, they couldn’t shake the Penguins. New York twice had one-goal leads long periods of time but never gathered a two-goal lead until Chris Kreider (27) cleaned a rebound in front of the net midway through the third period for the game-winner, then added an empty netter in the final minute for a 4-2 Rangers win at Madison Square Garden.

New York is now a nearly insurmountable 10 points ahead of the Penguins for third place with only 14 games remaining in the regular season.

Read the full recap from our partners at Sports Now Group Pittsburgh here.

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