Pen­guins beat Rangers to even play­off se­ries 1-1; Ana­heim out­play Win­nipeg

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Pitts­burgh, Tampa Bay and St. Louis all evened their first-round NHL play­off se­ries with wins on Satur­day, while Ana­heim ral­lied from an­other third-pe­riod deficit to take a 2-0 se­ries lead over Win­nipeg. Sid­ney Crosby scored twice and Marc-An­dre Fleury fin­ished with 23 saves as the Pen­guins re­bounded from a loss in Game 1 to de­feat the New York Rangers 4-3 on the road.

The Rangers won Game 1 by mak­ing Crosby vir­tu­ally in­vis­i­ble and keep­ing Ev­geni Malkin out of the dan­ger zone. On Satur­day, the Pen­guins forced turnovers in the de­ci­sive sec­ond pe­riod, shut down the Rangers’ power play and gen­er­ally con­trolled the pace to get the win.

Bran­don Sut­ter and Chris Ku­nitz also scored for Pitts­burgh, and Derek Stepan, Der­ick Bras­sard and Rick Nash (with 5.1 sec­onds to go) had goals for New York.

Tampa Bay got an im­por­tant win af­ter drop­ping Game 1 against Detroit on home ice de­spite out­play­ing the Red Wings for most of the game. The Light­ning won 5-1 on Satur­day, with Ben Bishop stop­ping 24 shots for his first NHL play­off victory.

Tyler John­son had two goals for the Light­ning, and Alex Kil­lorn and An­drej Sustr scored in sec­ond pe­riod to put Tampa Bay up 4-0.

Bishop lost his bid for a shutout when Detroit’s To­mas Tatar scored at 5:49 of the third pe­riod.

The Red Wings did not play par­tic­u­larly well in ei­ther of the two games in Tampa Bay, but es­caped with the opener thanks to an out­stand­ing play­off de­but by young goalie Petr Mrazek. He was pulled Satur­day af­ter Tampa Bay’s three-goal sec­ond pe­riod, re­placed by the strug­gling, but more ex­pe­ri­enced Jimmy Howard.

In St. Louis, Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in the first pe­riod and then had an empty-net­ter for his first ca­reer play­off hat trick as the Blues de­feated the Min­nesota Wild 4-1.

Tarasenko re­sponded af­ter a sub­par ef­fort in Game 1 — no shots and one as­sist — with an im­pres­sive per­for­mance more in line with his play in the regular sea­son. The dy­namic winger ran his play­off to­tal to seven goals in nine games.

Pa­trik Ber­glund’s unas­sisted goal past De­van Dub­nyk made it a two-goal cush­ion with 1:58 to go for the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons, who will carry mo­men­tum to Min­nesota for Game 3 on Mon­day night.

AP

Win­nipeg Jets cen­ter Mathieu Per­reault, left, knocks Ana­heim Ducks right wing Jakob Sil­fver­berg to the ice dur­ing the first pe­riod of Game 2 of a first-round NHL play­off se­ries in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia on Satur­day, April 18.

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