- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 28, 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal with 10:04 remaining to help the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday, their fifth win in six games.

Fedotenko had a goal and two assists for the Penguins, who closed out a 10-1-2 March by improving to a 5-1-1 on their franchise-record eight-game homestand. Pittsburgh climbed three points ahead of the seventh-place Rangers in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Maxime Talbot added a goal and an assist, and Matt Cooke also scored for Pittsburgh, which improved to 14-2-3 under interim coach Dan Bylsma.

Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Nik Antropov scored for New York, which is 1-2-1 in its past four.

Crosby extended his personal scoring streak to 15 games with the winning goal, his 29th. He took a pass from Ruslan Fedotenko while in the neutral zone and went up the ice with speed, splitting New York defensemen Wade Redden and Derek Morris and beating Henrik Lundqvist with a wrist shot to give Pittsburgh its third lead of the day.



The Penguins took an early 2-0 lead with goals 2:23 apart midway through the first period. Talbot scored his 11th 8:57 in shortly after a power play for Pittsburgh expired. Cooke then got his 10th on a second rebound during a scrum in front of the net, slapping it over Lundqvist _ who was sprawled out on the ice.

The Rangers scored twice in final 1:32 of the period to tie it.

Callahan got his 20th by scoring moments after a faceoff win by Scott Gomez and set up by Sean Avery.

Dubinsky then tied it with 4.4 seconds left with a wraparound goal, his 10th.

Fedotenko gave Pittsburgh the lead again 4:14 into the second when he finished a two-on-one with Jordan Staal. The play was started when Pittsburgh defenseman Rob Scuderi “saved” a shot by Gomez that had gotten behind goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

But the Rangers tied it again with 4:44 left in the period on Antropov’s rebound goal, his 27th of the season and sixth in 12 games with New York.

Notes:@ Counting the playoffs, Pittsburgh is 13-0-2 in its past 15 home games against the Rangers. … The home team won all six games in the season series. … Antropov has five goals this season against Pittsburgh, more than any other team. … Avery has nine points in 12 games since rejoining the Rangers early this month.

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