NEW YORK — Flashing his old brilliance, Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and set up two, and the Penguins pushed the Rangers to the brink of playoff elimination with a 5-0 victory Thursday night.
Malkin, whose four points tied his single-game high in the postseason, assisted on two of the Penguins' three first-period goals in helping Pittsburgh dominate the Rangers for the second consecutive game and take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series.
Rookie goaltender Matt Murray, who returned to the lineup for Game 3, made 31 saves in posting his first playoff shutout.
Eric Fehr, Patric Hornqvist and Conor Sheary also scored as the Penguins tallied four times on 18 shots against Henrik Lundqvist, who was lifted early in the second period for Antti Raanta.
Ducks 4, Predators 1: Nate Thompson and Jamie McGinn scored nearly 2 minutes apart late in the second as Anaheim evened the series at two games each. The road team stayed perfect in the series.
Capitals-Flyers: Flyers forward Scott Laughton was released from a Philadelphia hospital and was doing well a day after being taken off the ice on a stretcher, the team said. He wasn't traveling to Washington for Game 5 tonight, it said. Laughton was hit by Capitals defenseman John Carlson and crashed into the boards in the first period of Game 4. Washington can win the series tonight.
Stars-Wild: Dallas will again be without All-Star center Tyler Seguin for Game 5 tonight. Seguin played Game 2 on Saturday after missing a month because of a slight cut of his left Achilles tendon. But he missed Games 3 and 4 in Minnesota, and coach Lindy Ruff said he won't play tonight, when the Stars can wrap up the series with a victory.
First—1, Pittsburgh, Fehr 1 (Lovejoy, Malkin), 1:09. 2, Pittsburgh, Hornqvist 4 (Crosby, Malkin), 7:11 (pp). 3, Pittsburgh, Sheary 1, 16:12. Penalties—Nash, NYR (interference), 6:42; Hornqvist, Pit (interference), 8:43; Daley, Pit (roughing), 10:50; E.Staal, NYR (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:50; Daley, Pit (hooking), 13:06.
Second—4, Pittsburgh, Malkin 1 (Crosby, Hornqvist), 4:00 (pp). Penalties—Moore, NYR (holding), 3:36; Glass, NYR, double minor (high-sticking), 6:14; Lovejoy, Pit (holding stick), 11:56.
Third—5, Pittsburgh, Malkin 2 (Dumoulin, Bonino), 3:28 (pp). Penalties—Miller, NYR (slashing), 2:14; Bonino, Pit (slashing), 14:30; Lindberg, NYR (hooking), 19:32. Shots on Goal—Pittsburgh 13-14-5—32. N.Y. Rangers 11-6-14—31. PPs—Pittsburgh 3 of 6; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 4. Goalies—Pittsburgh, Murray 2-0-0 (31 shots-31 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 1-2-0 (18-14), Raanta (6:04 second, 14-13).
First—1, Anaheim, Getzlaf 2 (Perron, Bieksa), 1:02. Penalties—Weber, Nas (delay of game), 7:41; Perron, Ana (trip), 8:15; Fowler, Ana (delay of game), 16:53.
Second—2, Nashville, Fisher 1 (Wilson, Weber), 11:26. 3, Anaheim, Thompson 2 (Rakell, Vatanen), 17:04. 4, Anaheim, McGinn 2 (Stewart), 18:56. Penalties—Garbutt, Ana (tripping), :26; Salomaki, Nas (hooking), 4:10; Sissons, Nas (interference), 12:45; Perron, Ana (high-sticking), 12:50; Despres, Ana (slashing), 15:55; Arvidsson, Nas (embellishment), 15:55; Ribeiro, Nas (slashing), 19:50.
Third—5, Anaheim, Cogliano 2 (Silfverberg), 16:52. Penalties—Thompson, Ana (tripping), 5:49; Garbutt, Ana (tripping), 9:27; Weber, Nas, double minor (roughing), 18:32. Shots on Goal—Anaheim 7-12-6—25. Nashville 7-16-8—31. PPs—Anaheim 0 of 5; Nashville 0 of 6. Goalies—Anaheim, Andersen 2-0-0 (31 shots-30 saves). Nashville, Rinne 2-2-0 (25-21).