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NHL GAME OF THE DAY

Malkin, Crosby score as Penguins beat Rangers, 3-2

Marc-Andre Fleury has 25 saves, and Marian Gaborik has his first goal with New York.

October 03, 2009|Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby watched the Penguins raise their Stanley Cup banner, then got the NHL champions off to a familiar start by scoring their first two goals during a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers on Friday night.

Crosby and Tyler Kennedy scored 1:08 apart in the second period to give the Penguins a 3-1 lead and allow them to withstand Marian Gaborik's first goal for the Rangers, the only scoring during the third period. Malkin, the league's leading scorer last season, and Crosby each got their first of the season and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves, including a glove-hand stop on Vaclav Prospal in the first period.

Malkin's goal came with a man-advantage at 7:48 of the first as Sergei Gonchar's shot from the right point glanced off Malkin's stick and eluded goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

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