NEW YORK – Martin St. Louis and Carl Hagelin scored 2:51 apart in the first period, Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves and the New York Rangers avoided elimination again with a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
The Eastern Conference semifinal series will be decided in Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The Penguins, who led the series 3-1, failed in their first attempt to advance with a 5-1 home loss Friday.
Derick Brassard pushed the Rangers’ lead to 3-1 in the second period of Game 6.
Brandon Sutter scored for the Penguins, who got 26 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury.
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“We put ourselves in a bad position early,” Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said.
The Rangers are 9-2 in their past 11 games when facing elimination, dating to Game 6 of the first round in 2012 in Ottawa. New York has never won a series it trailed 3-1.
At Blackhawks 2, Wild 1
Jonathan Toews had a rebound goal to close out scoring at 4:33 of the third period, and Chicago beat Minnesota to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven West semifinal series that continues with Game 6 Tuesday in St. Paul, Minn.
Bryan Bickell also scored and Corey Crawford made 27 saves as Chicago bounced back from consecutive losses in Minnesota. At the United Center, the defending champion Blackhawks are 6-0 in this postseason.
• Anaheim goalie John Gibson, who shut out the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 in his playoff debut Saturday to even their West series at 2, will start in Game 5 on Monday in Anaheim.