PITTSBURGH — Henrik Lundqvist's right eye is just fine, thanks.
So, too, are the Rangers with their franchise goaltender back to looking like the foundation for New York's playoff hopes.
Three days removed from a freakish run-in between his face and teammate Marc Staal's stick, Lundqvist looked like his ever steady self while making 29 saves, and the Rangers took advantage of some sloppy defensive play by Pittsburgh in a 4-2 victory on Saturday that evened their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series 1-1.
Lundqvist sat out the final two periods of a Game 1 setback after Staal's stick made its way through the goaltender's cage, scraping Lundqvist's right eye.
"When you know there's nothing wrong with the eye, you know you can just go out there and just push yourself and whatever is feeling uncomfortable, you don't really think about it when the game starts," Lundqvist said. "You just want to be out there and you're very determined."
Lundqvist kept the surging Penguins — boosted by the return of star center Evgeni Malkin — at bay for most of the first 30 minutes then saw his team pounce when Pittsburgh went through the kind of lull it largely avoided while ending the regular season with a 14-2 burst.
Phil Kessel scored his first two playoff goals in three years for Pittsburgh. Backup goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made 24 stops in his second consecutive start in place of injured Marc-Andre Fleury.
Malkin was supposed to be out 6 to 8 weeks after injuring his left arm March 11 against Columbus. He made it back a good week earlier than even the most optimistic projections.
Capitals 4, Flyers 1: Braden Holtby made 41 saves, Philadelphia's Steve Mason gave up a goal from 101 feet away and Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play as host Washington rolled to a 2-0 series lead. Ovechkin's 37th Stanley Cup playoff goal was as predictable as Jason Chimera's goal from beyond the red line was unexpected. Mason whiffed at the puck on what turned out to be the winner. The Flyers outshot the Capitals 42-23 and dominated for much of the game but came up empty.
Stars 2, Wild 1: Antoine Roussel scored from behind the net without the puck touching a stick and Jamie Benn had an unassisted goal as host Dallas took a 2-0 lead in its West series. Dallas center Tyler Seguin returned for the first time in a month. He had been out since March 17 with an Achilles injury.
First—None. Penalties—Hayes, NYR (interference), 16:25; Zuccarello, NYR (roughing), 19:58; Hornqvist, Pit (roughing), 19:58.
Second—1, Pittsburgh, Kessel 1 (Daley, Bonino), 3:21 (pp). 2, N.Y. Rangers, Yandle 1 (Miller, Brassard), 12:38. 3, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 1 (Miller, Skjei), 12:56. 4, N.Y. Rangers, Zuccarello 1 (Miller), 16:52. Penalties—Zuccarello, NYR (hooking), 2:08; Dumoulin, Pit (hooking), 8:47; Rust, Pit (interference), 13:26; Miller, NYR (interference), 17:15.
Third—5, N.Y. Rangers, Kreider 1 (Brassard), :39. 6, Pittsburgh, Kessel 2 (Bonino, Malkin), 5:42 (pp). Penalties—Crosby, Pit (slashing), 4:34; Kreider, NYR (goaltender interference), 4:41; Yandle, NYR (cross-checking), 5:30; Klein, NYR, minor-major (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 11:43; Kunitz, Pit, minor-major (slashing, fighting), 11:43. Shots—N.Y. Rangers 7-14-7—28. Pittsburgh 10-11-10—31. PPs—N.Y. Rangers 0 of 3; Pittsburgh 2 of 5. Goalies—N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 1-0-0 (31 shots-29 saves). Pittsburgh, Zatkoff 1-1-0 (28-24).
First—1, Washington, J.Carlson 2 (Backstrom, Johansson), 14:09 (pp). Penalties—Manning, Phi (holding stick), 13:32; Chimera, Was (cross-checking), 16:06; J.Carlson, Was (cross-checking), 16:59; Gudas, Phi (cross-checking), 20:00; Chimera, Was (high-sticking), 20:00.
Second—2, Washington, Chimera 1 (Alzner, Niskanen), 2:26. 3, Philadelphia, Voracek 1 (Schenn, Gostisbehere), 9:37. 4, Washington, Ovechkin 1 (Backstrom, Johansson), 17:21 (pp). Penalties—Cousins, Phi (roughing), 8:50; Burakovsky, Was (roughing), 8:50; Oshie, Was (hooking), 10:09; Streit, Phi (holding), 16:42.
Third—5, Washington, Backstrom 1 (Oshie, J.Carlson), 17:47. Penalties—T.Wilson, Was (roughing), 19:55. Shots—Philadelphia 19-12-11—42. Washington 5-13-5—23. PPs—Philadelphia 0 of 4; Washington 2 of 2. Goalies—Philadelphia, Mason 0-2-0 (23 shots-19 saves). Washington, Holtby 2-0-0 (42-41).
First—None. Penalties—Scandella, Min (hooking), 8:28; Dallas bench, served by Sharp (too many men), 9:39; Hemsky, Dal (slashing), 13:08; Suter, Min (tripping), 16:45.
Second—1, Dallas, Roussel 1 (Hemsky), 3:54. Penalties—Zucker, Min (cross-checking), 5:41; Stoll, Min (tripping), 11:32; Carter, Min, misconduct, 11:32.
Third—2, Dallas, Ja.Benn 2 (Eakin), 10:23. 3, Minnesota, Scandella 1 (Dumba, Zucker), 12:42 (pp). Penalties—Spezza, Dal (hooking), 4:04; Oduya, Dal (holding stick), 10:59; Pominville, Min (tripping), 17:08; Eaves, Dal (cross-checking), 19:54. Shots—Minnesota 7-11-8—26. Dallas 14-10-4—28. PPs—Minnesota 1 of 5; Dallas 0 of 5. Goalies—Minnesota, Dubnyk 0-2-0 (28 shots-26 saves). Dallas, Lehtonen 2-0-0 (26-25).