Rangers close to elimination

The New York Rangers suffered a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Wednesday night's Eastern Conference play-off second round to trail 3-1.

Sidney Crosby claimed two assists for the Penguins in the first and third periods at Madison Square Garden where Evgeni Malkin, Brandon Sutter, Jussi Jokinen and Chris Kunitz were on target, while Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello replied for the Rangers.

The result means New York, on the brink of being knocked out, must win Friday's night's fifth game of the best-of-seven series in Pittsburgh to stand a chance of progressing.