Veteran Gary Edwards, in his first start as Pittsburgh's goalie, stymied the New York Rangers last night, making 36 saves in a 4-2 victory in New York.

Edwards, in his 12th year in the NHL, was acquired from St. Louis two weeks ago. He frustrated the Rangers with superb skate and stick saves. His best work came against defenseman Dave Maloney, who had six excellent opportunities in the first two periods but could not score.

The Penguins stormed Ranger goalie Ed Mio in the first seven minutes, outshooting New York, 8-1, and taking a 1-0 lead on Peter Lee's 15th goal at 3:01. Lee knocked in the second rebound of his own shot on a two-on-one break.

But the rest of the opening period belonged to the Rangers, who took the next 18 shots on goal. Only Mikko Leinonen could solve Edwards, putting home a backhander on a pass from Pat Hickey at 16:00.

The Rangers killed off a five-minute penalty to defenseman Andre Dore in the second period, only to have Pittsburgh's Pat Price score five seconds after Dore returned to the ice. Price put a wrist shot into an unguarded net after a scramble in front of Mio at 11:02.