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Chris Kreider tips in late power-play goal to lift Rangers over Penguins

Rangers' Julien Gauthier (12) celebrates with Brendan Lemieux

Rangers' Julien Gauthier (12) celebrates with Brendan Lemieux (48) and Adam Fox (23) after a goal by teammate Kevin Rooney (not shown) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in New York.  Credit: AP/Sarah Stier

Chris Kreider’s power-play goal, a tip-in of Adam Fox’s shot, broke a tie at 11:10 of the third period and the Rangers killed six Pittsburgh power plays as they beat the Penguins, 3-1, on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Kevin Rooney and Artemi Panarin (into an empty net) scored the other goals. Igor Shesterkin made 25 saves to earn his second straight win.

On a day when the Tony DeAngelo situation dominated the conversation for the Rangers, there was other big news for the Blueshirts: Second-year forward Kaapo Kakko appeared on the NHL’s COVID-19 list and was unable to play against the Penguins.

Kakko, 19, is diabetic and has celiac disease, conditions that make him a high-risk individual when it comes to the corona-virus, but general manager Jeff Gorton said Kakko is "fine.’’


"Other than saying he’s fine, we really can’t [divulge much],’’ Gorton said. "The rules are very specific about what we can and can’t say about somebody on the COVID list. But I will say he’s fine.’’

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The Rangers’ game in Newark on Saturday against the Devils has been postponed, along with all of the Devils’ other games through at least Saturday, after they had four players added to their unavailable-due-to-COVID list . . . Island Park native Anthony Bitetto made his Rangers debut. He was credited with four hits and two blocked shots in 14:51 . . . Also entering the lineup was forward Julien Gauthier, who sat out the previous five games.    

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