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Brassard, Rangers even series with Penguins

The three-point game ties Brassard with Adam Graves and Brad Park for 10th place on the Rangers all-time playoff points list.
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Derick Brassard scored and added two assists and Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 29 shots as the New York Rangers evened the best-of-seven series with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 1-1 with a 4-2 win on Saturday.

With the Rangers trailing 1-0, Keith Yandle and Brassard scored 18-seconds apart in the second period. After Mats Zuccarello gave New York a 3-1 lead, Brassard set up Chris Kreider giving the visitors a 4-1 lead.

The three-point game ties Brassard with Adam Graves and Brad Park for 10th place on the Rangers all-time playoff points list (44).

"You score that first goal it gives some energy to those lines, some emotion. It was a good effort," Brassard said.

J.T. Miller recorded three assists in the second period tying a Rangers playoff record for most in a period joining Jaromir Jagr, who registered three helpers in the second period against Atlanta on April 17, 2007.

Lundqvist, who was questionable to play after taking a Marc Staal stick to the eye in Game 1, moves into sole possession of 15th place on NHL's all-time playoff wins list with his 55th victory.

"There’s no doubt that as a group tonight we needed to respond and play better than we did last game and I thought we did," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

Phil Kessel responded with a pair of goals for the Penguins – his first two postseason goals with Pittsburgh. Kessel now has 15 goals in 24 playoff games – nearly double his regular season average.

"Two nice plays. (Nick Bonino) on the first one made a good play to (Trevor Daley), Daley made a great pass and I was able to burry it," Kessel said. "Then the second one, same kind of thing (Bonino) gave me a tap-in.

"(The Rangers) are a good team, there’s two good teams out there so, you make a mistake, they capitalize. It’s one of those games. We’ve got to regroup and get back at it."

The Rangers suffered a bit of an injury scare in the third period after Ben Lovejoy hit Derek Stepan from behind. Stepan briefly went to the New York dressing room, but did return to the game.

Postgame Stepan said he underwent concussion protocol, but passed. He had four shots on goal in the Game 2 win.

Game 3 of the series goes Tuesday night at MSG.

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