Neal, Malkin lead Penguins to 6-3 win over Rangers

Neal, Malkin lead Penguins to 6-3 win over Rangers
January 20, 2013, 9:50 pm
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Pittsburgh Penguins' Tanner Glass, left, and New York Rangers' Arron Asham fight during the opening seconds of the first period of the NHL hockey game in New York, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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NEW YORK (AP) James Neal scored twice, Evgeni Malkin assisted on three Pittsburgh goals, and the Penguins chased reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist from the net in the second period of a 6-3 victory over the Rangers in New York's home opener on Sunday night.

Neal, Tyler Kennedy and Matt Niskanen all scored in the first period, and Malkin set up Pascal Dupuis in the second to push Pittsburgh's lead to 4-1 and drive Lundqvist to the bench. The Penguins, building off a 3-1 win at Philadelphia on Saturday, are 2-0 in the lockout-shortened season and haven't even played a home game.

Neal added his second of the game and third of the season off another assist by Malkin to make it 5-1 at 5:06 of the third. Kris Letang added an empty-net goal with 1:52 left to close the scoring.

Veteran backup Tomas Vokoun started for Pittsburgh over Marc-Andre Fleury and was solid in making 31 saves.