Pittsburgh shuts out New York Rangers again
The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the host New York Rangers 2-0 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has two consecutive shutouts, making 57 saves during that span.
The Associated Press
NEW YORK – Sidney Crosby scored his first goal. Marc-Andre Fleury posted his second straight shutout.
The New York Rangers’ power play still is proving to be nothing more than a problem for the Broadway Blueshirts.
So it is no surprise the Pittsburgh Penguins have taken control of an Eastern Conference semifinal that suddenly seems one-sided.
Crosby ended a 13-game playoff goal drought in snapping a second-period scoreless tie, Jussi Jokinen added a goal and Fleury turned aside 35 shots in a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night.
“The main thing is that you get chances and that you are out there creating things, making it tough on them,” said captain Crosby, who led the league with 104 regular-season points. “That’s the first step. Eventually you trust that it will go in.”
Coupled with Fleury’s 22 saves in a 3-0 victory one night earlier in Pittsburgh, the Penguins have reclaimed home-ice advantage and lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.
New York was 0 for 5 on the power play, pushing its streak to 34 failed opportunities with the man advantage.
Kings seize 2-0 lead
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jonathan Quick made 36 saves, Marian Gaborik scored his third goal in two games and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 to take a 2-0 lead in their West semifinal series.
Alec Martinez also scored for the Kings, who opened their first playoff series against their local rivals with two victories at a road arena before many L.A. fans.
“It doesn’t even feel like being on the road,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.
Dwight King added an empty-net goal for Los Angeles, which was the league’s best defensive team in the regular season.
Patrick Maroon scored and Jonas Hiller stopped 14 shots for the Ducks.
• One week into his new job as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, Ron Francis fired coach Kirk Muller and most of Muller’s staff. The Hurricanes haven’t made the playoffs since 2009.
Muller, 48, was 80-80-27 in three seasons with Carolina.