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Penguins march on

January 04, 2014 18:30:45 UK

Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Another game, another victory for the Metropolitan Division leading Pittsburgh Penguins who defeated the New York Rangers 5-2 on Friday.

Chris Kunitz and Jussi Jokinen each scored twice and Sidney Crosby recorded his 62nd point of the campaign with a goal and two assists as the hosts cruised at the Consol Energy Center to open a 15-point gap in the Division over the Washington Capitals. Sunday the Penguins conclude their brief home stand with the visit of the Winnipeg Jets before heading west to play the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames next week.

The Penguins areĀ 6.50 to win the Stanley Cup and the Rangers can be backed at 36.00.

The Rangers meanwhile are straight back into action when they visit the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Currently fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, the Maple Leafs have won three straight as they look to track down the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens in the Atlantic Division.

Friday the Lightning closed to within two points of the Bruins in the Division with a shut-out victory over the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. Ben Bishop, somewhat controversy left off the US roster for the Sochi Winter Olympics, stopped all 19 shots that he faced in the Tampa Bay net while Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov were on target for the visitors in the second period. The Lightning now make the trip up to Edmonton to face the Oilers on Sunday while the Flames get the weekend off before playing the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Monday.

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