Pittsburgh, PA, United States (NewsBahn) – Derek Brassard scored twice while three teammates tallied for the first time in the playoffs, lifting the New York Rangers to a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday in game five of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Rangers cut the Pens series lead to 3-2 heading into Sunday night’s game six.
A gritty Chris Kreider scored the Rangers first goal in the first period and Brassard followed with his first tally of the night for a surprising 2-0 lead.
Evgeni Malkin cut the Rangers lead to 2-1 in the second period, but Brassard and Ryan McDonagh answered and New York lived to play another game.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 32 shots for the victors, who had the services of Marty St. Louis despite the death of his mother the previous day.
Marc-Andre Fleury had 30 saves in a less effective performance.