Penguins 2, Rangers 1
Updated On: May 05 2014 09:30:31 PM CDT
NEW YORK -- Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his second consecutive shutout, and Sidney Crosby delivered his first goal of the playoffs as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the New York Rangers 2-0 in Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division finals Monday at Madison Square Garden.
The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
Fleury, the Penguins' 29-year-old goalie, stopped 35 shots Monday after posting a 3-0 win in Game 2 at Pittsburgh on Sunday. He now owns a team-record eight shutouts in his playoff career.
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 13 shots for New York, which was playing its sixth game in nine days.
Left winger Jussi Jokinen scored the other Pittsburgh goal.
The Rangers were 0-for-5 on the power play, making them 3-for-42 on the man advantage in the playoffs. New York hasn't scored on the power play since Game 2 in its first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Crosby enjoyed a sensational regular season, winning his second Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer with 104 points, but he failed to score before Monday in the playoffs despite taking 28 shots in eight games. The Penguins center and captain also won the scoring title in 2007.
Pittsburgh took just seven shots in the second period but scored on two of them. The Penguins recorded only one shot in the third.
Crosby received a two-line pass from defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and fired a wrist shot through Lundqvist's pads for a 1-0 Pittsburgh lead at 2:34 of the second period. The assist was Bortuzzo's first point in four career playoff games.
The Penguins doubled the lead at 15:20 of the middle period. Jokinen raced out of the box after serving a holding-the-stick penalty, collected a loose puck near the Rangers' blue line and skated in alone to register his fifth goal of the playoffs.
Pittsburgh successfully killed off the final two minutes of a high sticking double-minor penalty to forward James Neal to start the period before Crosby's goal.
The Rangers' power play woes continued in the scoreless first period. New York failed to score in the first two minutes of a double minor late in the period. Earlier, with Penguins center Marcel Goc serving a roughing penalty, the Rangers took just one shot on goal.
NOTES: Marc-Andre Fleury passed Tom Barrasso for the most playoff wins by a Pittsburgh goalie. Fleury earned his 57th victory. Barrasso had 56. ... D Raphael Diaz made his Rangers playoff debut, replacing John Moore and appearing on the second power-play unit. ... RW Jesper Fast replaced Derek Dorsett on New York's fourth line. ... Since joining the Rangers in 2012, LW Rick Nash has just two goals in 22 playoff games. ... ... Kris Letang is tied with Larry Murphy for the most playoff career goals (15) among Penguins defensemen. ... Pittsburgh D Paul Martin led all players in the playoffs with a plus-9 rating before Monday. He finished with a level rating in Game 3.
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