Crosby Scores as Penguins Take Series Lead over Rangers
(NEW YORK) -- Sidney Crosby has had a knack for scoring big goals, except in this year's playoffs. That changed on Monday night, when the Penguins star tallied his first score of the postseason to lead Pittsburgh to a 2-0 win over New York.
"The main thing is that you get chances and that you are out there creating things, making it tough on them," said Crosby, whose team now holds a 2-1 series lead. "That's the first step. Eventually you trust that it will go in."
After a scoreless first period, Crosby beat Henrik Lundqvist to snap a 13-game scoring drought. About 13 minutes later, Jussi Jokinen added another goal that proved to be more than enough for Pittsburgh. Lundqvuist made just 15 saves in the loss for the Rangers.
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fluery stopped 35 shots to post consecutive shutouts against the Rangers. New York has not been held scoreless in back-to-back playoff games since the 1973 Stanley Cup finals against Detroit.
"We tried real hard. We were forced to play a stupid schedule," said Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault, referencing the fact that New York and Pittsburgh played consecutive games in consecutive nights in two different cities.
Game 4 is Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.