Crosby Ends Drought as Penguins Beat Rangers 2-0 in NHL Playoffs

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Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates a goal with teammate Chris Kunitz against the New York Rangers, in New York.

Sidney Crosby broke the longest scoring slump of his career and the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 2-0 for a two-games-to-one lead in their National Hockey League playoff series.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots for his second straight blanking of the Rangers and his eighth career playoff shutout. The Rangers outshot the Penguins 35-15.

“He was solid all game long,” Crosby said of Fleury. “He made some huge saves throughout.”

After a scoreless first period, Crosby scored his first goal of this postseason 2 1/2 minutes into the second period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. It broke a career-long streak of 13 straight scoreless playoff games for Crosby.

Crosby, 26, who had 36 goals and an NHL-leading 104 points during the regular season, got behind the New York defense and ripped a shot between the legs of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Jussi Jokinen added an unassisted goal later in the period, seconds after coming out of the pealty box, to make it 2-0.

The Rangers’ power play continued to struggle. New York went scoreless in five opportunities last night, and now has failed to score its last 34 times with a man advantage.

Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is set for tomorrow night at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

“This is definitely not over,” Lundqvist told reporters. “Let’s not overthink this, just take a day here tomorrow to reload and get ready for a very big game.”

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