NHL: Penguins, Kings Win – ‘Canes Clean House
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings rode outstanding goaltending to victories last night.
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pittsburgh Penguins own a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals after shutting out the Rangers for the second straight night, this time 2-0. Fleury stopped 35 shots and Sidney Crosby notched his first goal in 14 playoff games.
Neither team scored until Crosby beat Henrik Lundqvist 2:34 into the second period. Jussi Jokinen doubled Pittsburgh's lead later in the period with an unassisted goal after coming out of the penalty box.
Both goals came moments after the Pens killed off a power play.
The Rangers went 0-for-5 with the man advantage and are now scoreless in their last 34 attempts.
Lundqvist faced just 15 shots for the Rangers, who host Game 3 on Wednesday.
In Anaheim, Jonathan Quick made an early 2-1 lead hold up as the Kings beat the Ducks 3-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Quick made 15 of his 36 saves in the final period to help Los Angeles pick up its sixth consecutive victory since dropping the first three games of their series with San Jose.
Alec Martinez snapped a 1-1 tie with 7:53 left in the opening period. Marian Gaborik tallied just 34 seconds into the game, and Dwight King added an empty-netter.
The series continues Thursday in Los Angeles.
Carolina dumps coach
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kirk Muller and most of his coaching staff have been fired by the Carolina Hurricanes, one week into Ron Francis' tenure as general manager. Muller was 80-80-27 in three seasons with the Hurricanes, who haven't made the playoffs since 2009.
Francis said former Canes captain Rod Brind'Amour will be back for a fourth year as an assistant coach.