PITTSBURGH – With their captain under fire and their postseason on the brink of collapse, the Pittsburgh Penguins responded with a show of force. Of course, having the New York Rangers look like a team content to get back home with a split helped.
Kris Letang snapped a scoreless tie in the second period, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for his franchise-record seventh playoff shutout to lift the Penguins to a 3-0 victory Sunday night, tying the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series at a game apiece.
Game 3 is Monday in New York.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who led the league with 104 regular-season points, failed to score a goal for the 13th straight playoff game.
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“We weren’t that far off,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “Even though, again, I know we can play better.”