NHL: New York Rangers 4, Pittsburgh 1

Jan. 19, 2012 at 9:57 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Evgeni Malkin produced two of Pittsburgh's three third-period goals Thursday, allowing the Penguins to pull away for a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers.

The Penguins won their fourth in a row and picked up ground on all three times ahead of them in the Atlantic Division. Pittsburgh trails the division-leading Rangers by eight points.

The score was tied 1-1 heading into the third period, but Richard Park beat Henrik Lundqvist 2:23 into the stanza to give the Penguins the lead. Malkin then scored on a backhander at 7:10 and added an empty-net goal with 1:40 to play.

Malkin has 24 goals for the season.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves to help keep the Pittsburgh winning streak alive.

Lundqvist gave up three goals on 32 shots.

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