New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins, Eastern Conference Playoffs
Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin and Ryan Malone celebrate with Petr Sykora after his goal in the third period against the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2008 Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh on April 25, 2008. The Pittsburgh Penguins went on to win 5 - 4 on a goal by Evgeni Malkin. (UPI Photo/Archie Carpenter)
Evgeni Malkin stayed hot with a goal and an assist Tuesday for Pittsburgh, which opened its second-round Eastern Conference series with a 4-1 win over Ottawa.
Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Washington's Alex Ovechkin and the New York Islanders' John Tavares were named finalists for the NHL's Most Valuable Player honor.
John Tavares scored the go-ahead goal in the third period Tuesday and the New York Islanders went on to best Pittsburgh 6-4, evening their playoff series.
James Neal had a hat trick and Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists Saturday in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 8-3 rout of Carolina to end the regular season.
Pittsburgh's Brenden Morrow provided two goals and an assist Saturday and the Penguins won a fourth straight game, 3-1 over Florida.
Jussi Jokinen and Pascal Dupuis scored less than 2 minutes apart in the first period Thursday, starting Pittsburgh on its way to a 6-3 win over Tampa Bay.
Evgeni Malkin and Beau Bennett each scored during a 13-second span Tuesday and Pittsburgh clinched the Atlantic Division with a 5-3 comeback win over Carolina.
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Tomas Vokoun made 20 saves in his 50th career shutout Thursday and Pittsburgh, even without its newest, ran over Winnipeg 4-0 to win its 14th in a row.
Matt Niskanen's goal in the third period Tuesday boosted the Pittsburgh Penguins to their 10th straight win, 2-1 over Washington.