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2014-05-06T00:00:00Z NHL rdpThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 06, 2014 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK — Sidney Crosby scored his first goal. Marc-Andre Fleury posted his second straight shutout.

The New York Rangers’ power play still is proving to be nothing more than a problem for the Broadway Blueshirts.

So it is no surprise the Pittsburgh Penguins have taken control of an Eastern Conference semifinal that suddenly seems one-sided.

Crosby snapped a 13-game playoff goal drought in breaking a second-period scoreless tie, Jussi Jokinen added a goal, and Fleury turned aside 35 shots in a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night.

“The main thing is that you get chances and that you are out there creating things, making it tough on them,” Crosby said.

“That’s the first step. Eventually you trust that it will go in.”

Coupled with Fleury’s 22 saves in a 3-0 victory one night earlier in Pittsburgh, the Penguins have reclaimed home-ice advantage and lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Fleury has 51 career postseason wins and a team-record eight shutouts.

“I don’t think there was any question he was the best player on the ice,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

It is the first time the Rangers have been shut out in consecutive playoff games since the 1937 Stanley Cup finals against Detroit.

Kings 3, Ducks 1: In Anaheim, Calif., Jonathan Quick made 36 saves, Marian Gaborik scored his third goal in two games, and Los Angeles beat the Ducks 3-1 to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round series.

Alec Martinez also scored for the Kings, who opened their first playoff series against their local rivals with two victories at a road arena packed with their own fans.

Dwight King added an empty-net goal for Los Angeles, which has won six straight postseason games and is halfway to its third straight trip to the Western Conference finals.

Patrick Maroon scored a power-play goal and Jonas Hiller stopped 14 shots for the Ducks, who couldn’t crack the Kings’ NHL-best defense despite controlling play for long stretches.

Game 3 is Thursday at Staples Center.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes fired coach Kirk Muller and most of his coaching staff Monday, one week into Ron Francis’ tenure as general manager. Muller was 80-80-27 in three seasons with the Hurricanes, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2009.

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