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Penguins’ 7-game win streak ends badly with 5-0 loss to Rangers

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The Penguins' Blake Comeau (17) falls over the Rangers' John Moore (17) during the first period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) controls the puck against the Penguins during the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) looks for the puck shot past him for a goal by the Rangers' Derick Brassard during the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Rangers' Lee Stempniak (12) and the Penguins' Robert Bortuzzo (41) dive for the puck during the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Penguins' Christian Ehrhoff (10) fights for the puck with the Rangers' Lee Stempniak (12) and Matt Hunwick in the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Rangers' Derick Brassard (16) celebrates with teammates Derek Stepan (21) and Dan Girardi (5) as the Penguins' Paul Martin (7) skates away during the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) pokes the puck away from the Rangers' Chris Kreider (20) during the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) watches as the Rangers' Dominic Moore (28) reaches for the puck behind the net during the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Rangers' Derick Brassard looks to pass around the Penguins' Pascal Dupuis in the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) controls the puck in front of Penguins defenseman Paul Martin (7) during the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury looks on during a game against the Rangers on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Penguins' Christian Ehrhoff (10) passes the puck to Nick Spaling (13) during the second period against the Rangers on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) knocks the puck away from Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) during the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Penguins' Christian Ehrhoff (10) fights for the puck with the Rangers' Lee Stempniak (12) and Matt Hunwick in the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi (4) battles for the puck with Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) during the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Rangers' Dominic Moore fights for the puck with the Penguins' Patric Hornqvist in the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Rangers' Kevin Klein fights for the puck with the Penguins' Sidney Crosby in the first period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) gives up a goal to Rangers center Derick Brassard (not pictured) during the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Rangers' Dominic Moore fights for the puck with the Penguins' Patric Hornqvist in the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Penguins' Blake Comeau (17) and the Rangers' Tanner Glass (15) reach for the puck during the first period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) controls the puck in front of Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (8) during the first period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Penguins' Blake Comeau (17) and the Rangers' Tanner Glass (15) reach for the puck during the first period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Rangers' Chris Kreider hits the Penguins' Paul Martin in the first period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Rangers' Derek Stepan fights for the puck with the Penguins' Marcel Goc in the first period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury (29) stops a shot during the second period against the Rangers on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Rangers' Mike Kostka fights for the puck with the Penguins' Marcel Goc in the first period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Rangers' Derek Stepan fights for the puck with the Penguins' Marcel Goc in the first period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Penguins' Nick Spaling chases the Rangers' Derek Stepan around the net in the first period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis (26) scores a goal past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the first period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Penguins' Beau Bennett fights for the puck with the Rangers' Matt Hunwick in the third period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Penguins' Brandon Sutter attempts to skate around the Rangers' Kevin Klein in the third period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Penguins' Patric Hornqvist skates around the Rangers' Marc Staal in the third period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Rangers' Tanner Glass hits the Penguins' Simon Despres in the third period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin attempts to skate around the Rangers' Patric Hornqvist (72) and Mike Kostka in the third period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Rangers' Rick Nash (61) and Derek Stepan celebrate a goal in the third period against the Penguins on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) controls the puck in front of Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) during the second period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot by Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the third period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) looks on as Penguins defenseman Simon Despres (47) controls the puck during the third period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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The Rangers' Kevin Klein fights for the puck with the Penguins' Sidney Crosby in the first period Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29), Christian Ehrhoff (10) and Evgeni Malkin (71) leave the ice with teammates against a game against the Rangers on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in New York.

NEW YORK — The Penguins reached another milestone in the Mike Johnston Era: the blowout, never-had-a-chance loss.

There had been late leads blown versus Dallas and Detroit. Even one where they got down but eventually mounted some sort of fight, against Philadelphia.

But not until Tuesday at Madison Square Garden had the Penguins been as thoroughly manhandled as they were during a 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers, a team two days removed from falling to the hapless Oilers at home.

“We weren’t ready to compete,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “That’s really what it came down to.”

About the only piece of good news came when defenseman Kris Letang returned from a first-period injury 80 seconds into the second. Either that, or when the final horn sounded.

The loss is the first on the road for the Penguins, who dropped to 10-3-1 overall and 5-1-1 away from Consol Energy Center.

They trailed by three less than 15 minutes in and never recovered.

“It happens,” goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said. “It’s not our first (lopsided loss), probably not our last.”

Derick Brassard’s wrist shot at 10 minutes, 49 seconds of the second period came on the power play and snapped the Penguins’ consecutive penalty kills streak at 39, the longest streak in franchise history.

Rick Nash added a short-handed goal in the third period for his NHL-best 12th of the season.

“They scored a lot,” Fleury said. “And that (stinks).”

The shutout is the third of the season for Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (33 saves) and the 53rd of his career.

Beau Bennett returned from a knee injury, but the Penguins made sure he wasn’t solely to blame for their seven-game winning streak coming to a close. They were routinely beaten to pucks and forced Fleury to face shots from point-blank range.

“We got outworked,” Crosby said. “It’s not fun having to say that after games. You know you don’t want to be able to say that, but we got outplayed.”

Penguins defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Christian Ehrhoff were on the ice for all three of the Rangers’ even-strength goals.

Mats Zuccarello, Martin St. Louis and Kevin Klein scored to stake the Rangers (7-6-2) to a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Letang was hurt at 11:45 of the opening period after hitting Rangers forward Kevin Hayes in the corner. He skated to the bench hunched over and holding his chest before returning.

Adding insult to injury — almost literally — former Penguin Tanner Glass yanked the Penguins’ best attempt at a goal off the goal line in the first.

The scoring onslaught soon followed, and the five goals the Penguins allowed equaled their total from the previous five games combined.

“It’s from the coaches to the players,” Johnston said. “We had to be a lot better prepared in the first 10 minutes than we were.”

The good news is the Penguins host the Rangers on Saturday.

“We can’t wait for that game,” forward Patric Hornqvist said. “We want to come out and be better than we were (Tuesday).”

Notes: Zach Sill was a healthy scratch. … Craig Adams played in his 302nd consecutive game, tying Jordan Staal for second most in team history. … The Penguins dropped to 3-1-0 on their five-game road trip that concludes Friday in Toronto.

Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jmackey@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.

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