Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/6/12

Evgeni Malkin scored his 49th goal of the season and the host Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 5-2 to wrap up the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Chris Kunitz, Tyler Kennedy and Richard Park scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves for the Penguins, who beat New York for the fourth straight time. Kris Letang added an empty-netter.

Malkin’s tally for the 4-1 lead in the third period was his 107th point of the season, all but clinching the NHL scoring title in what may turn out to be an MVP campaign.

Brandon Dubinsky and Brian Boyle each recorded a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who have already locked up the conference’s top seed for the first time since 1993-94 – their last Stanley Cup-winning squad.

After Kunitz opened the scoring with his 25th goal just 1:11 into the game, Dubinsky answered back nearly three minutes later. Boyle skated up the right side and sent a backhand on net that deflected off the pads of Fleury. Dubinsky cleaned up the loose puck with a wrist shot into the upper corner.

Kennedy broke the deadlock and put the Penguins ahead for good at 8:27 of the first, scoring off a long rebound with a snap shot from a tough angle. Park then made it 3-1 at 5:11 of the second on a wrister for his seventh tally.

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