Sidney Crosby ended his 13-game goal-less drought in the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2-0 victory at Madison Square Garden Monday night.
The Penguins have a 2-1 series lead over the New York Rangers.
Crosby called for the puck as he streaked up the ice and shot a laser through the legs of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
“When a guy like that has space and has speed you want to get the puck to him as fast as possible,” defenseman Robert Bortuzzo said. “When he’s hollering you get it to him. That’s what I did.”
“I just wanted to make sure I got a good shot off,” Crosby said. “I wasn’t sure if (Staal) would get a good stick on me. I was just trying to make sure I got my head up and got a good shot.”
Crosby hasn’t scored in the postseason since May 22, 2013.
“You just believe that eventually they’re going to go in,” Crosby said. “I thought (Game 2) I had some really good chances. Sometimes when you’re getting all those chances you just have to trust that they’re going to go in. The most important thing is the chances and trusting they’re going to go in.”
Jussi Jokinen gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead when he scored after serving a penalty for holding the stick.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury got his second straight shutout victory by stopping all 35 Rangers’ shots.
Game 4 is Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden.