Final

Series (Game 5 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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Rangers2
Game 4: Saturday, December 31st
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OT
Penguins4
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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Rangers 4

(26-14-7, 59 pts)

Penguins 2

(11-27-9, 31 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 19, 2006

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
NYR 1 0 34
PIT 0 0 22

P. Prucha (Rangers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

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

S. Crosby (Penguins - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

NY Rangers (25-14-7) at Pittsburgh (11-26-9) 7:30 pm EST

NY Rangers (25-14-7) at Pittsburgh (11-26-9) 7:30 pm EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The New York Rangers hope to avoid a third straight loss when they visit the lowly Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

The Rangers have lost the first two games of a four-game road swing and have tapered off after a promising 20-8-4 start, compiling a 5-6-3 mark since December 13.

New York is coming off a 4-3 loss at Columbus on Monday. Marcel Hossa, who had been benched the previous six games, responded with his second-career two-goal effort.

Goaltender Kevin Weekes gave up three goals on the first five shots he faced but settled down to stop 30 of 31 thereafter.

Pittsburgh has lost seven straight games, two shy of its season-worst nine-game slide to open the season, and owns the worst record in the NHL.

The Penguins are coming off Monday's 4-2 home loss against Vancouver. It is the fourth straight time and sixth time during the slide in which the league's worst defense has surrendered at least four tallies.

To make matters worse, second-leading scorer Ziggy Palffy retired Wednesday for personal reasons. The 33-year-old right wing was third on the team with 11 goals and led Pittsburgh with 31 assists.

The Rangers and Penguins have split their four meetings this season, with each of the Atlantic Division rivals winning once on the other's home ice.

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