NEW YORK (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins might have been the NHL's hottest team at the end of the regular season, playing the last month with Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup with an arm injury.

Rookie goaltender Matt Murray, who returned to the lineup for Game 3, made 31 saves in posting his first playoff shutout. Pittsburgh converted 3 of 6 power plays, and is 7 of 19 in the series with the extra man.

Malkin wondered what his role would be on a team that was playing well without him.''Of course, I thought about it when I'm not playing and the team is winning,'' Malkin said. The Rangers have lost five straight home playoffs games dating to last season, and these last two were horrible efforts.''Today we are disappointed, angry, frustrated, for sure,'' forward Mats Zuccarello said.

''At the same time, you can't let that go to your head.

We have to win the next game and go from there.''New York came into Game 4 vowing to pick things up after being totally outplayed in a 3-1 loss Tuesday night.

They brought tenor John Amirante out of retirement to sing the national anthem and the crowd at Madison Square Garden was buzzing when the puck was dropped.

The excitement disappeared 69 seconds into the game when Lundqvist gave up a juicy rebound on a slap shot by Ben Lovejoy and Fehr charged down the middle of the ice to poke the rebound into the net.

Malkin made the pass that set up Lovejoy's big shot.

The big Russian, who hurt an arm in early March and didn't return to the lineup until Saturday, helped push the lead to 2-0 at with a shot from the point on a power play.

Crosby deflected the shot on the way in and Hornqvist tipped it again standing in front of Lundqvist for his fourth goal of the postseason.

Sheary hushed the crowd and made them start to realize this might be the final home game of the season, when he blocked a point shot by defenseman Kevin Klein, skated down the left wing and beat Lundqvist badly on a shot from the circle for a 3-0 lead at . I don't need to say any more than that.''By the final minute of the period time, the Penguins' near perfect play had the Rangers' fans booing the team that went to the Cup Finals two years ago and the Eastern Conference finals last season. He wants the puck in the crucial situations.''A little more than two minutes after the goal, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault lifted Lundqvist. Malkin added his second of the game and 44th of his postseason career on deflection in front in the third period with Pittsburgh on another power play.

It was his first NHL playoff goal.''I am just going to say I was not good enough,'' Lundqvist said. Malkin, who had a goal waved off late in the first period for an obvious goaltender interference call, stretched the lead to 4-0 with another power-play goal at of the second period. And he knows he's a big part of this team having success. The only thing remaining after that was to see if Murray got his shutout, and the Penguins made sure he did.