Pittsburgh Penguins defeat New York Rangers, 3-2

PITTSBURGH - The Stanley Cup was so close to the Rangers during pregame warm-ups Friday night that they could have defied hockey superstition, reached out and touched it.

Of course, until further notice, that trophy belongs to the Pittsburgh Penguins. And at the Igloo, so do the Rangers.

An admirable charge from Marian Gaborik and Co. in the third period couldn't erase the hiccups of the first two, and under the shadow of a newly raised championship banner, the Rangers ...

The Penguins have had their way with the Rangers in Pittsburgh recently. Friday night, before a puck even drops, Sidney Crosby and Co. really get to rub their noses in it.

The new-look Rangers will kick off 2009-10 this evening as Crosby's Pens begin their title defense in flashy style, raising the franchise's third Stanley Cup banner to the rafters before the Penguins' first home game since swiping the Cup from Joe Louis Arena in June.

The Rangers' task: Spoil their...