Penguins win 5-2 against Rangers in 7th straight home game
CHELSEA, N.Y. — Phil Kessel scored his seventh goal of the season for the Pittsburgh Penguins, extending his point streak to six games (3G, 5A) and matching his career high in goals.
Sidney Crosby scored twice and Artemi Panarin scored a power-play goal.
Kessel also had an assist on Ryan McDonagh’s first-period goal.
Pittsburgh won its fifth straight, snapping a four-game losing streak.
“I think we were just trying to get some energy back in our team,” said Kessel, who has seven goals and 10 points in his last five games.
“When we play like that, we can make it tough for the other team.
We had some good opportunities tonight and it just came down to the fourth period.”
The Rangers snapped a six-game home losing streak by beating the New York Islanders 3-2 on Saturday night in the second of three straight home games.
The Rangers are 3-1-0 against the Penguins this season.
Pittsburgh’s second win in a row has the Penguins in a tie for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Penguins (10-12-6) have scored four goals or more in five straight games and have outscored their opponents 32-7 during that stretch.
The Islanders (11-16-4) are 1-10-1 against Pittsburgh this season, losing five in a span of seven games.
The Rangers have won eight of their last 10 home games and eight of 11 overall.
Kessel has been an important piece of Pittsburgh’s success this season despite missing two games with a sprained right ankle and being held out of the second game of a back-to-back.
The Penguins led 3-0 after the first period but lost 3-3 in overtime.
Kari Lehtonen scored a goal at 4:37 of the third period to extend his point drought to 13 games.
Pitt Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis scores the game-winning goal in the third frame of the game in Game 4 of the Eastern Final between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelheads.
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-4 in overtime to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.
Dupuis scored the game winner in the final minute of regulation and has 10 points (six goals, five assists) in 14 games this season with the Penguins.
The Islanders are coming off back-and-forth games against the Pittsburgh Senators and Chicago Blackhawks.
The Islanders are 6-11-4 on the road.
New York is 2-3-0 in its last eight road games.
“I feel like we have to make a lot of adjustments and make sure we are playing our best hockey,” coach Barry Trotz said.
“We’re going to be more focused.
We need to make sure the guys are sharp.
I’m not going to say they are going to give up a couple goals because they know how much we need them to play and we’re playing our hardest.”
The Islanders lead the NHL in goals for the fourth straight game, going 3-for-3 on the power play.
They have gone 6-for, 11 of 26 (58 percent) on the man advantage this season and are 8-for12 on the penalty kill, leading the league.
The New York Rangers (13-12) have won seven of their past eight games, going 4-for 5 on the PK.
The team has won five straight at home against the Islanders.
The Flyers have won six straight at the Prudential Center, winning five in seven games (1-1).
They are 4-0-0 at home.