The Pittsburgh Penguins made it three victories in four outings on Sunday as they defeated the New York Rangers 6-5 at the PPG Paints Arena.
Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang each scored twice for the hosts and Marcus Pettersson and Brian Dumoulin also lit the lamp as the Penguins, 18/1 to win the Stanley Cup, bounced back from their loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday.
Now tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for third place in the Metropolitan Division, behind the New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh are just 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and feeling the pressure from the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Penguins travel to Newark to face the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center before the San Jose Sharks are the visitors to Pittsburgh later in the week. Saturday will bring a Stadium Series battle with the Philadelphia Flyers at the home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have surged into contention with an 8-2-0 mark over their past 10 games. Winners of three in a row over the Ottawa Senators, the Edmonton Oilers and the Dallas Stars, Carolina welcome in the Rangers on Tuesday to the PNC Arena in Raleigh as they push to get into a playoff place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Hurricanes have won two of the three previous encounters this season between the two teams and will head out on the road for a two-game trip after their game against New York.
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