Fleury, Pens Blank Rangers

Pittsburgh takes 2-0 series lead into Madison Square Garden
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 7:47 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Penguins' Jordan Staal (11) flips the puck over New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundquist, of Sweden, during second-period NHL playoff action in Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 27, 2008.    (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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(Newser) – Jordan Staal scored a power-play goal in the second period and Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made the lead stand up, giving the Penguins a 2-0 victory Sunday over New York Rangers and a home-ice sweep of the first two games of their second-round series. Staal's goal was all the offensive support Fleury needed while making 26 saves.

Staal's power-play goal at 13:55 of the second came with the Rangers' best penalty killer, Chris Drury, off for hooking. Evgeni Malkin gathered the puck in the left circle and fed it down low to Staal, who shifted from backhand to forehand and lifted the puck over goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Pittsburgh killed two Ranger power plays in the final six-plus minutes. (Read more NHL playoffs stories.)