Pittsburgh Penguins Defeat New York Rangers 3-0 in Atlantic Division Showdown

James MaahsContributor IIIJanuary 31, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 20:  Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on January 20, 2013 in New York City. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 6-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated Atlantic Division rival New York Rangers 3-0 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

Pittsburgh took a quick one goal lead early in the first period when Evgeni Malkin scored off a bad-angle shot.

Both teams played well defensively until the third period—Pittsburgh would score two goals and take away all of the Rangers' momentum.

Special teams hardly made a difference in this game as both teams failed to put the puck in on the power play.

Goaltending was superb on both sides, though, Tomas Vokoun got the best of the Rangers by netting his 49th career shutout.

Both teams will get the day off tomorrow before heading out to play again on February 2.