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May 7, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates scoring a goal against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period in game four of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014, Penguins at Rangers game 4 final score: Pittsburgh beats New York, 4-2, to extend series lead

The Pittsburgh Penguins dropped Game 1 on their home ice to the New York Rangers, but they were able to bounce back with two straight shutout victories in their Eastern Conference semifinals series to retake the series lead.

On Wednesday night, the Penguins once again had a strong showing and made it three in a row over the Rangers with a 4-2 win that gives them a 3-1 lead in the series.

Evgeni Malkin got things rolling for the Pens offense with a goal just over two minutes into the game. Sidney Crosby tallied the assist. Carl Hagelin pulled the Rangers even with one goal a piece in the second period to give New York their first goal in three games, but Brandon Sutter scored a short-handed goal in the final minutes to put Pittsburgh back up front with 20 minutes left to play.

The Penguins extended their lead to 3-1 thanks to a Jussi Jokinen score, before Mats Zuccarello answered and brought the Rangers back within one.

Just one minute later, at the 14:04 mark in the third period, Chris Kunitz snuck the puck past Henrik Lundqvist to put the Penguins back up two goals, 4-2, with a few minutes remaining in the contest.

That was all the Penguins needed to come away with another big win on the road to put the Rangers on the brink of elimination with the action heading back to Pittsburgh on Friday night.

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