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.”
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rob Gloster at email@example.com