WASHINGTON (AP) -With the score tied in the third period, the New York Rangers did what they do best - kill off a power play. Then Markus Naslund popped out of the penalty box and set up the winning goal.
Naslund fed Brandon Dubinsky, who made a move that left defenseman Jeff Schultz sprawled on the ice. Dubinsky then beat goalie Jose Theodore inside the near post with 8:17 remaining, lifting the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series.
Scott Gomez had a goal and two assists, Nik Antropov and Naslund each had a goal and an assist, and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for the seventh-seeded Rangers.
Tomas Fleischmann, Viktor Kozlov and Alexander Semin scored, Ovechkin had a pair of assists, and Jose Theodore made 17 saves for Washington.
Game 2 is Saturday in Washington.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist, and Pittsburgh shut down frustrated Philadelphia's fleet of scorers.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, idle for long stretches in the first two periods as his teammates controlled play at the other end, made 26 saves to help the Penguins win their fourth consecutive conference playoff series opener.
Tyler Kennedy and Mark Eaton also scored for the Penguins, who beat the Flyers in five games last year in the Eastern Conference finals. Simon Gagne scored late in the third period for Philadelphia.
Game 2 is Friday night in Pittsburgh.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Martin Brodeur made 18 saves, and Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner each had a goal and an assist for New Jersey.
Defenseman Mike Mottau scored in the first period, Parise and Patrik Elias added goals in the second period, and Langenbrunner scored in the third.
Martin Brodeur, who set the regular-season record for NHL career wins last month, came within 11 minutes of tying Patrick Roy's record for career playoff shutouts at 23 before Ray Whitney scored on a rebound.
Game 2 is Friday night in New Jersey.