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Rangers Blast Penguins, 8-4

New York Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich celebrates his goal against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in New York. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Artemi Panarin had a goal and three assists, Adam Fox had a goal and two assists and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 8-4 on Tuesday night.

Colin Blackwell, Mika Zibanejad, Ryan Strome, Alexis Lafreniere, Kaapo Kakko and Pavel Buchnevich also scored for New York, which extended its point streak to four games (3-0-1). It was the first time in 11 years that eight Rangers scored in a game.

Igor Shesterkin made 42 saves and recorded his third consecutive win.

“We’ve got a great group of guys in there,” Fox said. “We have a pretty young team and a hungry team. We only have so many games left and we’re trying to make a push for the playoffs. Everyone in there is hungry. This is the fun part of the year. Every point matters.”

Jared McCann, Mike Matheson, Jake Guentzel and Brian Dumoulin scored for Pittsburgh, which lost for the second time in seven games. Casey DeSmith allowed four goals on eleven shots before being replaced by Tristan Jarry. Defenseman Kris Letang chipped in with two assists.

The Rangers stormed out of the gates and led 3-0 midway through the first period.

Blackwell opened the scoring with his 10th of the season after his pass attempt deflected off a Penguins defender and surprised DeSmith at 1:35. Blackwell became the sixth New York player to score 10 or more goals this season.

Zibanejad doubled the Rangers’ advantage at 7:28. He intercepted a pass in the defensive zone and then buried a rebound.

“It just looks like we are kind of lost,” McCann said. “We are giving up chances we are not normally used to giving up. We are letting our goalies down right now and giving teams back-door tap-ins and shots from high-grade areas. We need to tighten it up.”

Panarin’s snipe from the left faceoff circle increased the Rangers’ edge to three at 9:58. Fox assisted and became the first Rangers defenseman to record 30 or more assists in each of his first two NHL seasons. The 23-year-old also extended his point streak to 11 games.

Strome capped off New York’s four-goal first period with a power-play goal in the final minute. Panarin picked up the primary assist and recorded a three-point game for the sixth time this season.

“It was something we talked about, not backing off and stopping,” Zibanejad said. “It’s a good team we’re playing against. That was a big goal, especially that late in the first and to be able to go into the second with a three-goal lead. The power play was clicking tonight from both units so that was huge.”

McCann’s blast from the left point pulled the Penguins within two goals at 10:38 of the first. Letang and Sidney Crosby assisted on the power-play goal.

Pittsburgh outshot New York 18-11 in the period despite trailing 4-1 at the end of 20 minutes.

Lafreniere, the first overall selection of last year’s draft, netted his sixth of the season at 12:20 of the second.

“I thought that goal they scored in the second was big,” Rangers coach David Quinn said of Lafreniere, Kakko and Filip Chytil. “I thought they did a really good job of getting above the puck and I thought they made smart decisions. They were patient offensively, which we didn’t have a lot of tonight. It was good to see them get rewarded going about it that way. Those guys are starting to play well and it was good to see them get rewarded.”

Matheson registered his fourth of the season 16 seconds later. The defenseman fired a shot past the glove of Shesterkin from the left faceoff circle.

Kakko deflected Trouba’s shot at 6:10 of the third period to give the Rangers a 6-2 lead. New York converted all three power-play opportunities.

Guentzel hammered a one-time blast to cut the Penguins’ deficit to three goals at 8:04 of the third period.

Fox and Buchnevich scored within 19 seconds of each other midway through the third period to put the game out of reach. Zibanejad forced a turnover and found Fox all alone in the slot for a short-handed goal. Buchnevich then buried a cross-ice feed from Chytil.

“We got to find a way to get back to some of the details that are necessary to give ourselves the best chance to win,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “The quality of chances we gave up are not conducive to winning games consistently.”

Dumoulin scored his first of the season at 18:36 of the third.

TEAM EFFORT

The last time eight Rangers scored in a game was Jan. 19, 2010, against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was the third time this season the Rangers scored eight or more goals.

POWER-PLAY STREAKS

Fox is the second Rangers player and first defenseman to tally a point on 11 consecutive power-play goals scored by the team since the statistic was tracked in 1933-34. The only other player was Red Sullivan in the 1958-59 season. The streak was snapped when Kakko scored on the man advantage in the third period.

DEFENSIVE LAPSES

The Penguins have allowed 15 goals over their last two games.

UP NEXT

The teams meet again on Thursday night.

ISLANDERS 1, CAPITALS 0

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Brock Nelson scored with just under seven minutes left and Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves as the New York Islanders edged Washington 1-0 on Tuesday night to pull even with the Capitals for first place in the East Division.

Varlamov and Vitek Vanecek matched each other save for save for more than 50 minutes before Nelson scored his team-leading 14th goal assisted by defenseman Ryan Pulock at 13:05 of the third period.

Varlamov earned his fourth shutout this season and the 31st of his career. It was the first time he blanked his former Capitals team in a regular-season game.

New York improved to 16-1-2 at Nassau Coliseum, remaining the only team in the NHL with just one regulation loss at home.

The Islanders are 11-4-4 in games decided by a single goal, including a 6-4 record in regulation.

SABRES 5, DEVILS 3

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin scored and set up the winning goal by Casey Mittelstadt as Buffalo snapped a 10-game road winless streak with a win over New Jersey.

Ramus Asplund, Brandon Montour and Rasmus Ristolainen also scored for the Sabres, who recently snapped an 18-game winless streak. Linus Ullmark made 27 saves to beat the Devils for the fourth time this season.

Damon Severson, Jesper Bratt and Pavel Zacha scored for New Jersey, which is 1-4-2 in its last seven games. Scott Wedgewood made 13 saves in his first start in five games.

HURRICANES 5, PANTHERS 2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Vincent Trocheck scored a pair of power-play goals against his former team, Jordan Staal also scored twice and Carolina rallied past Florida.

Jesper Fast had a late goal for Carolina, and Sebastian Aho had three assists.

Aleksander Barkov scored both goals for the Panthers, whose six-game winning streak — the longest active run in the league — was snapped. The Panthers had been 18-0-1 when leading after two periods.

BLUE JACKETS 4, LIGHTNING 2

COLOMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Zac Dalpe scored for the first time in 4 1/2 years, Joonas Korpisalo made 36 saves and Columbus beat Tampa Bay.

Max Domi and Jack Roslovic each had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, who rebounded after losing three in a row. Nick Foligno also scored.

Tampa Bay has dropped two straight and five of seven overall while relinquishing first place in the Central Division to the Florida Panthers. Ross Colton and Luke Schenn scored for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy had 26 saves.

BRUINS 4, FLYERS 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Patrice Bergeron recorded a hat trick and reached 900 career points, and Brad Marchand’s short-handed goal led Boston past Philadelphia.

Marchand’s goal midway through the third period helped put more distance between the Bruins and Flyers for the final playoff spot in the East Division. The Bruins now hold a five-point lead over the Flyers for fourth.

Bergeron added an empty-netter in the final minute.

Jake Voracek and Shayne Gostisbehere scored for the Flyers.

Philadelphia’s Carter Hart was outplayed by fellow 22-year-old goalie Jeremy Swayman. Hart finished with 22saves. Swayman stopped 40 of 42 shots.

PREDATORS 3, RED WINGS 2, SO

DETROIT (AP) — Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi scored in the shootout to lift the Nashville over Detroit.

The Predators improved to 4-0 in shootouts.

Dylan Larkin and Filip Zadina failed to score in the first shootout of the season for the Red Wings.

Adam Erne and Danny DeKeyser scored in regulation for Detroit. Thomas Greiss had 29 saves.

Mikael Granlund and Luke Kunin scored for Nashville. Juuse Saros made 25 saves.

BLACKHAWKS 4, STARS 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Kirby Dach, Dominik Kubilik and Alex DeBrincat scored, Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and Chicago beat Dallas.

The Stars rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period, but goaltender Kevin Lankinen stopped Dallas’ Roope Hintz in the slot with 93 seconds to play after goals by Andrew Cogliano and Radek Faksa closed the gap.

The victory stopped Chicago’s two-game losing streak, and extended Dallas’ losing skid to two games, dropping them to sixth-place in the Central Division. The Blackhawks remain in fourth place.

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