Penguins Defeat Rangers 2-0 to Take Lead in NHL Playoff Series

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.

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, had 36 goals and an NHL-leading 104 points during the regular season.

Jussi Jokinen added an unassisted goal late in the second period to make it 2-0. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots for his seventh career playoff shutout. The Rangers outshot the Penguins 35-15.

Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is set for May 7 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.