Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/11/14
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NEW YORK -- James Neal scored his fifth goal of the season and Simon Despres got his first as the Pittsburgh Penguins broke out of a mini-slump to defeat the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden for the second time in as many weeks. Evgeni Malkin added his second goal of the season for Pittsburgh and goalie Tomas Voukon made 28 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Rangers on Thursday night. The Penguins (4-3-0) had dropped three of four since their 6-3 win at the Garden on Jan. 20 and New York had gone 3-1 before playing its first full game without injured captain Ryan Callahan on Thursday. But Pittsburgh scored early in the first period on a goal by Malkin and opened the third with a power-play goal from Neal 26 seconds in, with assists to Sidney Crosby and Malkin. Neal poked the puck past Henrik Lundqvist, getting a piece of Crosby's drive toward the net to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead just a few moments after the Rangers were called for having too many men on the ice. Despr...
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