NEW YORK — Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist during a five-goal second period and the Penguins shut down the division-leading Rangers in a 6-1 rout Wednesday night.
The Penguins held New York without a shot on goal over 23:59 spanning the second and third periods. Scott Wilson, Conor Sheary, Phil Kessel and Matt Cullen also scored for Pittsburgh, and Matt Murray had 16 saves.
The Penguins moved two points behind New York for first in the Metropolitan Division.
"It was as good of a team effort as we've had all season," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "Our leaders were terrific at leading by example."
The Rangers won at Pittsburgh 5-2 on Monday behind a breakout second period. This time, Pittsburgh trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes but then took control, chasing Henrik Lundqvist after four goals on 17 shots.
Game highlights: Alex Ovechkin had a hat trick and the host Capitals beat the Blues 4-3. Ovechkin's 16th career hat trick gave him the most among active players, breaking a tie with the Panthers' Jaromir Jagr. … Michael Cammalleri returned to the host Devils after missing the past six games because of a family matter and had a goal and three assists, and Jacob Josefson scored the only shootout goal in a 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs.