PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Kris Letang broke a scoreless tie in the second period, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for his seventh playoff shutout to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night, tying the second-round series one game apiece.
Letang’s 15th career post-season goal matched Larry Murphy’s record for Penguins defencemen. Jussi Jokinen scored during a third-period power play, and Evgeni Malkin added an empty-net goal for the Penguins, who managed a home split in the first two games with the suddenly weary Rangers.
Game 3 is Monday night in New York.
Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for New York, but the Rangers mustered little offence while playing their fourth game in six days. New York’s limp power play went 0 for 4 and hasn’t scored in 29 straight advantages.
The Rangers have lost eight straight Game 2s and have dropped an NHL-record 13 consecutive games when leading in a series.
BLACKHAWKS 4, WILD 1
CHICAGO (AP)—Bryan Bickell had a goal and two assists, and Chicago beat Minnesota to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Brandon Saad scored his first two goals of the post-season, and Chicago earned its sixth consecutive win despite stretches of lacklustre play in the second and third periods. Corey Crawford made 18 saves in another solid performance.
Cody McCormick scored his second career playoff goal, but Minnesota missed another chance to steal home-ice advantage from the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Jonathan Toews scored his fourth goal of the playoffs in the first period for the Blackhawks, who improved to 16-2 in home post-season games over the last two years. They are 5-0 at home in these playoffs.
Game 3 is Tuesday night in Minnesota.