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  • Penguins 3, Rangers 1: As the playoffs draw nigh, people are beginning to wonder if the Rangers will be able to make a run when the second season starts. As almost everyone knows, the regular season in hockey doesn't prove anything. The Stanley Cup playoffs are where statements are made.

    If the Rangers were trying to tell the league something Sunday, it must have been, "We take a lot of penalties and can't score." Playing in Pittsburgh, the Blueshirts didn't score over the final 56 minutes and gave up the game-winner on a 5-on-3 Penguins power play. Brandon Dubinsky had the lone goal. New York sits at sixth in the Eastern Conference with four games left to play.

  • Hawks 114, Knicks 109: In their own special way, the Knicks are trying to keep the Nets out of the playoffs. This latest lost puts the Hawks 2 1/2 games up on New Jersey for the final playoff spot. That's abut as close to relevance as the Knicks will have this season. Think how the Heat feel. They are seven games worse than the Knicks.

Photograph of the Rangers' Marty Straka tripping Penguin Jordan Staal during the third period by Keith Srakocic/AP