Author: Cam Tucker

Video: Penguins penalty kill comes up huge in Game 2 win over Rangers


The parade to the penalty box continued for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and that might come back to haunt them later in this series if it continues that way.

However, against the New York Rangers on Saturday, Pittsburgh’s busy penalty kill was successful on six of seven chances and that was huge as the Penguins were able to limit New York for the most part at even strength in a 4-3 victory in Game 2.

The win for Pittsburgh evens the series at 1-1. The Penguins trailed after the first period, but took over with three second-period goals. Brandon Sutter, on the power play, got it going.

It helped, too, that Sidney Crosby, with one goal in 19 post-season games prior to Saturday, scored twice, including a beauty re-direction as he charged to the front of the net late in the second period.

His first of the evening was a combination of being in the right place at the right time — being left alone in front of the net, too — and a nice feed from Patric Hornqvist.

There were some anxious moments for the Penguins and their fans in the third period, when Crosby, who has a concussion history, was slow to get up and to the bench after a collision with Carl Hagelin in open ice.

Crosby finished the remainder of the game.

Video: Sidney Crosby strikes twice to bust personal playoff scoring slump


Sidney Crosby had just one goal in 19 playoff games before Saturday’s clash between his Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers.

Then, within the span of 4:39 late in the second period, Crosby struck twice to give his team the lead in Game 2 of that first-round series, which the Penguins trail 1-0.

Pittsburgh was down a goal after the first period, but erupted with three in the middle period to take a 3-1 lead, despite being short-handed five different times in the game. Crosby had two of those goals on three shots through 40 minutes.

Video: Rangers’ Stepan opens scoring with perfect shot top corner

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The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins combined for just eight shots on goal in the opening period, but given a little extra space and time, New York’s Derek Stepan converted on one of the few chances.

Speeding down the ride side, Stepan ripped a perfect wrist shot over the right shoulder of Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead with 2:55 remaining in the opening period.