Penguins Push Rangers to Brink of Elimination
Malkin justifies MVP candidacy with two goals, one assist
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2008 10:18 PM CDT
New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins players fight in the first period during Game 3.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – Evgeni Malkin and the perfect Pittsburgh Penguins pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of elimination. Malkin, hours after being announced as a finalist for the NHL MVP award, scored two power-play goals and added an assist to lift Pittsburgh to a 5-3 victory that stretched the Penguins' lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series to 3-0.

The Penguins are 7-0 in the postseason, still rolling after a four-game sweep of Ottawa in the first round. They eked out wins at home in the opening two games against the Rangers, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to win Game 1 and prevailing 2-0 on Sunday on the strength of Marc-Andre Fleury's shutout.