Crosby, Penguins get even with 4-3 win over Rangers

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Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins carries the puck against Derek Stepan #21 and Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during the third period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2015 in New York City.  The Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins carries the puck against Derek Stepan #21 and Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers during the third period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2015 in New York City. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins evened their first-round playoff series with the New York Rangers with a 4-3 win Saturday night.The Rangers won Game 1 by making Crosby virtually invisible and keeping Evgeni Malkin out of the danger zone. On Saturday, both of them and the Penguins as a whole showed more jump, possessing the puck and keeping New York off-balance. Forcing turnovers in the decisive second period, shutting down the Rangers’ power play and generally controlling the pace, the Penguins got even.

Crosby, naturally, was at the center of the turnaround. He broke a 1-1 tie by knocking in a rebound of Patric Hornqvist’s shot in the second period. Then Crosby made a diving deflection past Henrik Lundqvist of a pass from Chris Kunitz on the right wing boards following a Rangers giveaway in their zone.

Game 3 is Monday night in Pittsburgh.