Kreider breaks tie in third period for Rangers in win against Penguins

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Chris Kreider‘s power-play goal at 11:10 of the third period was the difference in the New York Rangers 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists, and Igor Shesterkin made 25 saves for the Rangers, who have points in three straight games (2-0-1). 

The Rangers (3-4-2) were 6-for-6 on the penalty kill. 

They won for the first time in four games against the Penguins this season. They previously lost in regulation and in a shootout in Pittsburgh, and 5-4 in overtime at the Garden on Saturday.

Jason Zucker scored, and Casey DeSmith made 21 saves for Pittsburgh (5-4-1).

The Penguins had seven shots on goal on their six power plays. They are 0-for-19 with the man-advantage in their past four games.

Kreider scored to make it 2-1 with a net-front deflection of Adam Fox‘s point shot. 

It was Kreider’s 161st goal with the Rangers, the second most by an American-born player in team history behind Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch (240).

Panarin scored an empty-net goal at 19:59 for the 3-1 final.

Zucker gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 9:05 of the first period, scoring from the right post after collecting the puck off the end boards. 

Sidney Crosby tried to extend the lead with a backhanded lacrosse-style goal from behind the net at 1:03 of the second period, but his attempt hit off left post.

He also hit the crossbar with a backhanded shot at 13:29 of the second.

The Rangers tied the game 1-1 on Kevin Rooney‘s 6-on-5 goal on a delayed penalty from the left post at 17:42 of the second period. 

Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith didn’t return to the game after he sustained an upper-body injury in a collision with Brandon Tanev at 17:15 of the first period.

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