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

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates a goal with teammate Chris Kunitz against the New York Rangers, in New York. Photographer: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

May 6 (Bloomberg) -- 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 rgloster@bloomberg.net

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