Final score: Penguins 6, Rangers 3.
Why it matters: The Penguins finished a statement weekend with a convincing road victory over one of the teams expected to challenge them for supremacy in the Eastern Conference this season. And they did it just one day after a 3-1 victory in Philadelphia, over another Atlantic Division club that's expected to battle with them for playoff seeding.
In a nutshell: The Penguins got a little sloppy in the third period, but played a fairly strong and focused game while building a 5-1 lead. The partnership of Evgeni Malkin and James Neal has picked up where it left off a year ago, as Neal scored his second and third goals of the season and Malkin contributed three assists.
Turning point: Tyler Kennedy's goal at 15:05 of the opening period, when he converted a rebound created by an sensational individual effort by Joe Vitale, put the Penguins up 2-1, giving them a lead they never surrendered.
Under the radar: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik had another solid showing. He recorded three hits, one of the team-high, and was the only Penguin to finish with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.
The brightest star: James Neal is coming off a 40-goal season, and seems intent on going for a 40-goal month next. Malkin is getting him the puck in prime scoring areas, and Neal is taking full advantage of it. His two goals Sunday came on a team-high seven shots.
The last word: Goalie Tomas Vokoun, who made 31 saves to earn his first victory since joining the Penguins, assessing the team's opening weekend: "We won the first two games, both against pretty tough opponents. I think we have to be happy with the four points."
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