NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-2 loss Thursday night at Madison Square Garden just might have one tiny upside for them: It should have finally, emphatically snuffed any thoughts they had about overtaking the New York Rangers for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Now, the chances of them pulling that off were slim, even after a 3-2 overtime victory against Rangers Sunday at PPG Paints Arena, and they had become microscopic when the Penguins lost to Montreal, 6-4, two nights later.
That put the gap separating them from New York at eight points, and the Rangers pushed it into double-figures Thursday at the Garden.
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