After home win, Penguins to meet Kings in NHL playoffs
May 7, 2014, 12:05 am TWN
NEW YORK -- Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the playoffs and Marc-Andre Fleury earned his second shutout for the New York Rangers in two nights as the Pittsburgh Penguins regained home-ice advantage with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday.
In the day's other playoff game, Jonathan Quick made 36 saves and Marian Gaborik scored his third goal in two games as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round series.
Crosby ended a 13-game goal drought in the playoffs to give the Penguins the lead in the second period, and Jussi Jokinen added a breakaway goal. Fleury stopped 35 shots to back up his 22-save effort Sunday in a 3-0 win in Pittsburgh. He has eight career postseason shutouts and 51 wins.
The Penguins, who lost the opener in overtime, lead the Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday in New York.
Henrik Lundqvist made 13 saves for the weary Rangers, who played for the fifth time in seven days. They have consecutive losses in these playoffs for the first time.
At Anaheim, California, Alec Martinez also scored for the Kings, who opened their first playoff series against their local rivals with two victories at a road arena packed with their own fans.
Dwight King added an empty-net goal for Los Angeles, which has won six straight postseason games and is halfway to its third straight trip to the Western Conference finals.
Patrick Maroon scored a power-play goal and Jonas Hiller stopped 14 shots for the Ducks, who couldn't crack the Kings' NHL-best defense despite controlling play for long stretches.
Game 3 is Thursday at Staples Center.