Penguins hoping to snap season-long skid vs. Rangers

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Pittsburgh (19-16-4) at NY Rangers (23-14-3), 7:00 pm EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Frustration is boiling over for captain

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Crosby and the Penguins will try to avoid a fifth consecutive

loss Monday, when they visit the rival New York Rangers.

An All-Star Game starter, Crosby has struggled to score since

the end of November. The superstar has notched just two goals

in those 16 games.

The 21-year-old Crosby was, once again, held without a point in

Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Florida Panthers, but did engage in

his first fight of the campaign with Brett McLean and recorded a

season-high 21 penalty minutes.

Crosby is tied for the team lead with 15 goals and ranks second

on the club with 50 points this season. Fellow All-Star and

teammate Evgeni Malkin has a league-leading 45 assists and 60


The Rangers have also struggled recently, losing four of their

last five contests.

New York has also lost the Atlantic Division lead for the first

time this season, falling into a second-place tie with the New

Jersey Devils at 49 points - one shy of the Philadelphia Flyers.

After getting knocked out of the postseason by the Penguins in

last season's Eastern Conference semifinals, the Rangers have

enjoyed some success against Pittsburgh this campaign. In both

meeting this season, New York rallied for a come-from-behind 3-2

shootout victory.



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