Rangers fend off elimination, top Penguins 5-1 - NBC Sports

Rangers fend off elimination, top Penguins 5-1
Pittsburgh Penguins' Jussi Jokinen (36), of Finland, fights for control of the puck with New York Rangers' Dominic Moore (28) and Marc Staal (18) during the first period of a second-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
May 9, 2014, 9:53 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) Derick Brassard scored twice, including New York's first power-play goal in 10 games, and the Rangers avoided elimination with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night.

Brassard ended New York's 0-for-36 slide with the man advantage by beating Marc-Andre Fleury late in the first period. Ryan McDonagh added another power-play goal in the second to help the Rangers force Game 6 in New York on Sunday.

Chris Kreider and Kevin Klein also scored, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots.

Evgeni Malkin had his third goal of the series for Pittsburgh. Fleury made 30 saves but lacked the crispness that allowed the Penguins to sweep Games 3 and 4 in New York.

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