Final

Series (Game 3 of 8)

New York leads 5-3

Game 1: Monday, November 7th
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Game 2: Saturday, November 12th
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Game 3: Thursday, December 1st
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Game 4: Saturday, December 31st
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OT
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Game 5: Thursday, January 19th
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Game 6: Saturday, January 28th
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Game 7: Wednesday, February 1st
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Game 8: Thursday, April 13th
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Penguins 1

(7-13-6, 20 pts)

Rangers 2

(17-7-3, 37 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 1, 2005

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

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PIT 0 1 01
NYR 1 1 02

M. Malik (Rangers - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

H. Lundqvist (Rangers - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .972

J. Strudwick (Rangers - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Pittsburgh (7-12-6) at NY Rangers (16-7-3) 7:00 pm EST

Pittsburgh (7-12-6) at NY Rangers (16-7-3) 7:00 pm EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- After a four-day layoff, the New York Rangers host the Atlantic Division-rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

The division-leading Rangers have been idle since extending their winning streak to five games in Saturday's thrilling 3-2 shootout victory over Washington.

Defenseman Marek Malik, who has just 27 goals in 489 career games, ended a league-record 15-round shootout with a spectacular between-the-legs move to beat goaltender Olaf Kolzig.

Rangers will go with rookie Henrik Lundqvist in net a day after goaltender Kevin Weekes was placed on injured reserve with a bruised right ankle suffered in last Thursday's win at Atlanta.

Pittsburgh lost for the third straight time with a 3-2 setback against Buffalo on Tuesday. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the top pick in the 2003 draft, was criticized by Penguins coach and former Ranger Eddie Olczyk for allowing a pivotal "soft goal" in the third period.

The Rangers and Penguins have split their two meetings this season, with each team winning on its home ice.

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