Penguins take lead in series with Rangers

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NEW YORK — Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of these playoffs, and Marc-Andre Fleury earned his second shutout of the New York Rangers in two nights as the Pittsburgh Penguins regained home-ice advantage with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night.

Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis (right) takes a shot on Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury during the second period.  KATHY WILLENS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
KATHY WILLENS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis (right) takes a shot on Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury during the second period.

Crosby snapped a 13-game goal drought in the playoffs to give the Penguins the lead in the second period, and Jussi Jokinen added a breakaway goal. Fleury stopped 35 shots to back up his 22-save effort Sunday in a 3-0 win. He has eight career postseason shutouts and 51 wins.

The Penguins, who lost the opener in overtime, lead the Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday in New York.

Henrik Lundqvist made 13 saves for the weary Rangers, who played for the fifth time in seven days.

HURRICANES: Fired coach Kirk Muller and most of his coaching staff Monday, one week into Ron Francis’ tenure as general manager.

“Kirk and his staff worked very hard, but we feel that the team is in need of a fresh start at this time,” Francis said in a statement.

Assistants John MacLean and Dave Lewis also were fired and goaltending coach Greg Stefan was reassigned back to the team’s pro scouting department.

Muller was 80-80-27 in three seasons with the Hurricanes, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2009, the longest active drought in the Eastern Conference..

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