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Rangers Top Penguins 4-2 to Even Series

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PITTSBURGH-The New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 in Game 2 of their first round series Saturday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center, tying the best-of-seven series at one game apiece.

Both teams were scoreless after 20 minutes.

Phil Kessel opened the scoring for Game 2. Trevor Daley accepted Nick Bonino‘s pass and left it for Kessel, who blasted a shot past Henrik Lundqvist for a power-play goal. The Penguins took a early 1-0 lead 3:22 into the first period.

The Blueshirts played a dominant second period.

J.T. Miller‘s shot was blocked, but Keith Yandle deposited the loose puck into the back of the net to tie the game 1-1 at the 12:38 mark.

Just 18 seconds later, Derick Brassard scored the go-ahead goal by streaking down the right wing and beat Jeff Zatkoff with a quick wrist shot past the blocker, giving New York a 2-1 lead. Brady Skjei got the other assist on Brassard’s first playoff goal.

With 3:08 left in the second, Mats Zuccarello received a cross-ice pass from Miller and buried a snap shot over Zatkoff’s glove to extend the Rangers’ lead to 3-1.

The Blueshirts led 3-1 after 40 minutes.

Chris Kreider added an insurance goal for New York just 39 seconds into the third period. Kreider blocked a clearing attempt before taking a wrist shot that went over Zatkoff’s glove and into the net. As a result, the Blueshirts’ lead was expanded to 4-1.

The Penguins cut the lead in half at 5:42 of the third, but couldn’t make a comeback or at least tie the game to force overtime. Bonino stood in front and slide a backhand pass to Kessel, who slammed it in for his second power play goal of the game.

The Rangers took Game 2 with a 4-2 win over the Penguins. Zatkoff made 24 saves for Pittsburgh. Lundqvist made 29 saves for New York.

Up Next: The scene shifts back to Madison Square Garden for Game 3 on Tuesday. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET on USA, RSN, TVA, ROOT, MSG.

NOTE: This article was written by new hockey writer Ana Kieu.