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Goalie report: Zowee, this was one of the best goalie duels of the playoffs. King Henrik Lundqvist was a machine -- well, if a machine could dive and flop and make save after save while his defense abandons him. Marc-Andre Fleury was more than up to the challenge at the other end, turning aside every one of the 22 shots aimed his way and getting a little help from a post or two as well as a lot of help from the dark and sprawling sweaters in front of him.
Key moment: Lundqvist was so good, in fact, that only a shot deflected off his own defenseman's stick could beat him for the game's first goal. In such a tight-checking game featuring two goalies stopping beach balls all night, that goal broke open the momentum.
What it means: The Penguins were firing on all cylinders and showed the Rangers they ain't lying down for nobody. Sidney Crosby was kept off the score sheet again, but, man, it's only a matter of time for this guy. He's playing like he doesn't care if he scores again and is just happy to win all the faceoffs, take the hits, give out hits, chase down pucks, create chances, absorb the double coverage, etc. And that will mean a ton to the Penguins as they head to the Garden for Game 3.
-- Paul Grant
Recap | Box score
Goalie report: I don't know much, but I do know that Ilya Bryzgalov's save against Marian Hossa in the first period was out of this world. Jonathan Toews scored on the rebound, but land sakes that was something else. Corey Crawford was steady and brilliant. More on the latter below.
Key moment: Thirty seconds after the Wild closed the gap to make it 2-1, Crawford pulled off an acrobatic denial on Zach Parise from in tight, then swatted the rebound out of the air like he was playing road hockey, and the puck eventually landed on the top of the net (off the water bottle, no less). Crawford is finding his zone.
What it means: The Blackhawks have now won six playoff games in a row and are in command of this series as it heads to Minnesota. The Wild might bounce back with one win of two at home, but the Blackhawks appear to be back in their playoff groove. Look out.
-- Paul Grant
Penguins 3, Rangers 0
(series tied, 1-1)
* Penguins: 17-5 all-time vs Rangers in playoffs
* Rangers: lost record 13 straight playoff games in which they led in the series
* Rangers: lost Game 2 the last 5 times they led 1-0 in the series
* Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT): 22 saves; Penguins record 7th career postseason shutout (previous mark, Tom Barrasso, 6)
* Kris Letang (PIT): goal and 2 assists (1st multi-point game of series)
FROM ELIAS: Kris Letang scored the first goal and assisted on the last two goals by the Penguins in their 3-0 win in Game 2 of their second-round series against the Rangers. Letang is the third defenseman in playoff history to register three or more points in a shutout win while recording a point on every goal in the game. The other defensemen to do that were the Panthers' Robert Svehla in 1997 (three assists in a 3-0 victory over the Rangers) and the Kings' Drew Doughty in 2011 (two goals and two assists in a 4-0 win at San Jose).
Blackhawks 4, Wild 1
(Blackhawks lead series 2-0)
* Wild: 2-15 in last 17 road playoff games
* Blackhawks: won 6 straight postseason games after falling behind Blues 2-0 in 1st round
* Blackhawks: won 6 straight and 16 of last 18 postseason home games dating back to 2013
* Blackhawks: have not trailed in series
* Jonathan Toews (CHI): Goal in 1st period; 4th of 2014 playoffs and 24th of postseason career
* Brandon Saad (CHI): 2 goals; first career multi-goal game in postseason