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Brian Boyle scores 1st goal, Rangers cruise to 5-1 win over Penguins after slow start

  • New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) knocks the puck away from the goal behind Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) knocks the puck away from the goal behind Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) watches his goal against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period of their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) watches his goal against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period of their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save in the second period of an NHL hockey game, as defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) and New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) and right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) watch on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save in the second period of an NHL hockey game, as defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) and New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) and right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) watch on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season and Ryan Callahan added his first since returning from a broken thumb as the New York Rangers matched a season high in goals with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Pittsburgh had won four straight and defeated New York eight times in nine meetings, but Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan scored 1:05 apart late in the first period to put the Rangers ahead. Boyle and Callahan connected within a 2:28 span of the second to send New York to its fourth win in five games.

Derick Brassard made it 5-1 at 9:57 of the third, and Brad Richards had two assists for New York, which rebounded from a 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Monday and completed a 3-1 homestand. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves.