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Rangers batter the Penguins

January 19, 2015 18:38:19 UK

The New York Rangers moved to within two points of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division on Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 victory at the Consol Energy Center.

Rick Nash and Derek Stepan each scored twice and Derick Brassard was also on target for the visitors who jumped out to a lead within the first 26 seconds of the game and never looked back in winning the seventh of their last ten outings.

Nash’s double also pulled the New York winger into a tie with Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars for the lead in goals scored as the league moves closer to the All-Star break.

On Tuesday the Rangers return home to Madison Square Garden for their final game before the All-Star weekend when the Ottawa Senators are the visitors. It’s been another disappointing year for the Senators who sit only above the Buffalo Sabres in the Atlantic Division and it would be no surprise if big changes came about in Ottawa.

Atop the Atlantic, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s lead is back down to one point after the Detroit Red Wings surged into second with a 6-4 victory over the Sabres at the Joe Louis Arena.

The hosts spotted Buffalo three first period goals before roaring back with five unanswered including two early in the third from Henrik Zetterberg. The Red Wings’ Swedish captain would then complete a memorable hat trick later in the period to condemn the Sabres to their 11th straight defeat.

The Rangers are 4.75 to win the Metropolitan Division, with the Penguins 2.00 and the Islanders 3.25.

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