PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Derick Brassard scored twice and the New York Rangers avoided elimination with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night.
Chris Kreider ended New York's 0-for-36 slide with the man advantage to open the scoring against Marc-Andre Fleury. Ryan McDonagh added another power-play goal in the second to help the Rangers force Game 6 in New York on Sunday.
Evgeni Malkin had his third goal of the series for Pittsburgh. Fleury made 30 saves but lacked the crispness that allowed the Penguins to sweep Games 3 and 4 in New York.
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