Sidney Crosby scored two goals, and the Penguins added two power play goals as Pittsburgh beat the Rangers 4-3 Saturday night at The Garden, to even their best-of-seven playoff series 1-1.
The first period with full of physical play, with checking and blocked shots and missed opportunities. The Penguins went 8:56 before their first shot on goal. The two teams combined for only eight shots in the period, but the Rangers picked up the only goal at 17:05 when Derek Stepan took a terrific pass from J.T. Miller and put the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury for a 1-0 lead.
In the second, Carl Hagelin was whistled for tripping Taylor Chorney at 8:12, but replays showed that Chorney lost an edge and merely fell, without any help from Hagelin. The Penguins took advantage of the botched call and scored a power play goal at 10:01 on a wrist shot from Brandon Sutter, evening the score at 1-1.
Then, at 14:07, Crosby scored to make it 2-1 Pittsburgh. Patric Hornqvist‘s shot was stopped and Crosby put the rebound past Henrik Lundqvist.
Crosby scored again with 1:14 left in the second period to make it 3-1, after a Rangers turnover in their own end; Paul Martin picked up the puck, passed it to Chris Kunitz, who got it to Crosby, who scored as he was falling down.
The Blueshirts clawed back into it early in the third period when Derick Brassard scored a power play goal at 3:16 to make it 3-2. And Stepan looked as if he had tied the score at 5:53, during another Rangers power play chance, but the puck hit the left post.
The Penguins made it a two-goal margin again at 9:41 on a power play goal by Kunitz that made it 4-2. Kunitz finished with a goal and two assists.
Rick Nash added a goal with :06 to play for the final 4-3 score.
The Penguins were 2-for-4 on the power play while the Rangers were 1-for-7 [after going 1-for-5 in Game 1]. Defenseman Dan Girardi was on the ice for three of the four Pittsburgh goals.
Game Three is Monday night in Pittsburgh.