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Rangers' Mara rips 'classless' Malkin

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“That's a classless act by a superstar. And there's no need for that in our game. We're up, 2-0, and it's not like it's a little slew-foot – it's a full kick if you watch the replay.”

-- Rangers defenseman Paul Mara, on a late slew-foot foul by Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, who was assessed a 10-minute misconduct penalty

"I'm getting used to it - shouldn't be that tough."

-- Penguins left wing Gary Roberts, who returned to the lineup for Game 4, on experience gained this season from coming back from injury-related absences.


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Left wing Petr Sykora, Penguins

He has scored four goals in as many games at Mellon Arena during the playoffs, including two in an opening-round Game 1 victory. After signing a two-year, $5 million deal last summer, Sykora said he loved playing in Pittsburgh. He was not kidding. Seventeen of his 28 goals during the regular-season were scored at home, where he recorded each of his three multiple-goal games.

Right wing Brendan Shanahan, Rangers

A playoff-tested veteran with Stanley Cup rings to back up his words, Shanahan knows the Rangers simply staved off elimination with a win Thursday in Game 4. Of course, Shanahan also is aware pressure will shift to the Penguins in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden on Monday - provided the Rangers can win Sunday in Game 5 at Mellon Arena.


Fast facts

The Penguins are 2-0 in Game 5s against the Rangers and 10-4 all-time in Game 5s played in Pittsburgh.

The Penguins have gone two months without losing consecutive games. They were defeated March 1 in Ottawa after falling Feb. 28 in Boston.


3 STARS

1 Jaromir Jagr, RW, Rangers

He burned his original team for two goals and an assist.

2 Henrik Lundqvist, G, Rangers

He stopped 29 shots, rebounding from a meek 12-save performance in Game 3.

3 Chris Drury, C, Rangers

Despite injured ribs, he played more than 20 minutes and won 15 of 24 faceoffs.


Series glance

1 PENGUINS 5, RANGERS 4

Penguins lead series, 1-0

At Mellon Arena: Overcoming a 3-0 playoff deficit for the first time since Game 1 of the 1992 Stanley Cup final, the Penguins benefited from a late power-play chance. Captain Sidney Crosby's point shot bounced off center Evgeni Malkin for the winning goal with 2:41 remaining.

2 PENGUINS 2, RANGERS 0

Penguins lead series, 2-0

At Mellon Arena: Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his second shutout in four home playoff games, stopping 26 shots. The Penguins killed each of the Rangers' six power plays, including two over the final 6:04.

3 PENGUINS 5, RANGERS 3

PENGUINS LEAD SERIES, 3-0

At Madison Square Garden: Center Evgeni Malkin scored twice and recorded his fourth multiple-point game of the playoffs, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots. The Penguins held the Rangers without a power-play goal on five opportunities, including over 1:14 of 5-on-3 play. The Penguins were 2 for 3 on the advantage.

4 RANGERS 3, PENGUINS 0

PENGUINS LEAD SERIES, 3-1

At Madison Square Garden: New York captain Jaromir Jagr scored his club's first and third goals, and center Brandon Dubinsky's early third-period power-play tally helped snap the Penguins' seven-game win streak. The Rangers outshot the Penguins, 34-29. It was only the second time this postseason the Penguins have surrendered more shots than their opponent.

5 RANGERS AT PENGUINS

2 p.m. * Sunday * Mellon Arena * WPXI-11

The Penguins never counted on winning every Stanley Cup playoff game in 2008, and they will feel confident about wrapping a second-round series against the Rangers at Mellon Arena. That confidence is justified. They were an East-best 26-10-5 at home during the regular season, including 16-2-3 since Jan. 1. They are 4-0 at home in the playoffs.

*6 PENGUINS AT RANGERS

7 p.m. * May 5 * Madison Square Garden * FSN

*7 RANGERS AT PENGUINS

7 p.m. * May 7 * Mellon Arena * FSN

-- *If necessary

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