Letang, Rodrigues lead Penguins to 5-2 win over Rangers

NEW YORK — Kris Letang and Evan Rodrigues scored in the second period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 5-2 Thursday night.

Radim Zohorna and Jason Zucker each added a goal and an assist, Mark Jankowski also scored, and Letang and Rodrigues also each had an assist. Tristan Jarry stopped 22 shots to help Pittsburgh snap a two-game skid.

The Penguins beat the Rangers for the sixth time in eight games this season.

Colin Blackwell and Kevin Rooney scored for the Rangers, who were 3-0-1 in their last four. Igor Shesterkin, starting for the fifth straight game, made 27 saves.

Kris Letang and Evan Rodrigues scored in the second period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 5-2 Thursday night.

Radim Zohorna and Jason Zucker each added a goal and an assist, Mark Jankowski also scored, and Letang and Rodrigues also each had an assist. Tristan Jarry stopped 22 shots to help Pittsburgh snap a two-game skid.

The Penguins beat the Rangers for the sixth time in eight games this season.

Colin Blackwell and Kevin Rooney scored for the Rangers, who were 3-0-1 in their last four. Igor Shesterkin, starting for the fifth straight game, made 27 saves.

RANGERS GET VACCINATED

The Rangers were able to get COVID vaccines on Wednesday, and most of the players got their shots.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to get that vaccine,” defenseman Jacob Trouba said. “It’s obviously been a crazy time. ... Hopefully we can in the near future move on to a little more of normal life.”

PENGUINS INJURIES

D John Marino was back in the Penguins’ lineup after leaving Tuesday’s game in the third period with an undisclosed injury. He missed practice Wednesday, but took part in the optional morning skate Thursday.

The Penguins continue to be without injured forwards Teddy Blueger, Evgeni Malkin, Kasperi Kapanen and Brandon Tanev. Coach Mike Sullivan said F Anthony Angelo remained on the taxi squad because he did not accompany the team to New York for the four games against the Rangers and New Jersey Devils due to an upper body injury.

STREAKS

Penguins F Jake Guentzel had an assist on Letang’s second-period goal to give him three assists and six points in a four-game point streak. ... Fox’s assist on Rooney’s goal extended his point streak to 12 games. He has 19 goals and 22 points in the stretch. ... Rangers F Artemi Panarin ended a four-game point streak in which he had four goals and seven assists.

UP NEXT

Penguins: At New Jersey on Saturday night to open a two-game series.

Rangers: At the New York Islanders on Friday night to open a two-game series.