PITTSBURGH — Derick Brassard scored twice, including the Rangers' first power-play goal in 10 games, and New York avoided elimination with a 5-1 win over the Penguins in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal Friday.
Brassard ended New York's 0-for-36 slide with the man advantage by beating Marc-Andre Fleury late in the first period. Ryan McDonagh added a power-play goal in the second to help the Rangers force Game 6 in New York on Sunday.
The Rangers, who had 15 shots in a Game 4 loss on Wednesday, had 17 in the first period of this game. "We came out hard in the first period," Brassard said. "We're desperate right now, and the pressure was on them."
Evgeni Malkin had his third goal of the series for Pittsburgh, which look disinterested for most of the game. Fleury made 30 saves but lacked the crispness that helped the Penguins sweep Games 3 and 4 in New York.
"(The Rangers) came out like a team whose season was on the brink," Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi said. "We played like a team who had an automatic bid to the next round."
St. Louis plays: Rangers forward Marty St. Louis played a day after his mother's death. "I owed it to her," he said after the game. He didn't have a point and had one shot in 16:19 of ice time.
France St. Louis died in Montreal on Thursday at 63. She had a heart attack while hospitalized for an illness, media reports said. St. Louis went home after receiving the news after the Rangers landed in Pittsburgh. He discussed with his father, Normand, the idea of playing before telling coach Alain Vigneault that his mother would want him to be with his teammates.
St. Louis' parents were at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in November for a ceremony marking his 1,000 career NHL game while he was with the Lightning. St. Louis was traded to the Rangers in March.
First—1, NYR, Kreider 1 (McDonagh, Richards), 9:36 (pp). 2, NYR, Brassard 2 (Zuccarello, Pouliot), 15:23. Penalties—Bortuzzo, Pit (delay game), 8:44; Pouliot, NYR (trip), 17:49.
Second—3, Pitts, Malkin 6 (Letang), 3:23. 4, NYR, Brassard 3 (Stralman, Zuccarello), 7:58. 5, NYR, McDonagh 1 (Zuccarello, Brassard), 8:48 (pp). Penalties—Pitts bench, served by Malkin (too many men), 8:32; Brassard, NYR (slash), 17:34; Girardi, NYR (holding), 18:11.
Third—6, NYR, Klein 1 (Kreider, Nash), 17:31 (en). Penalties—D.Moore, NYR (roughing), 6:14; Letang, Pit (roughing), 6:14; Malkin, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:40; D.Moore, NYR (roughing), 12:16; Gibbons, Pit (cross-checking), 12:16; J.Moore, NYR (cross-checking, slashing), 14:07; Jokinen, Pit (cross-checking), 14:07. Shots on Goal—NYR 17-9-9—35. Pitts 9-15-8—32. Power-play opportunities—NYR 2 of 3; Pitts 0 of 4. Goalies—NYR, Lundqvist 6-6-0 (32 shots-31 saves). Pitts, Fleury 7-4-0 (34-30).
Late Thursday: The Ducks beat the Kings 3-2 to cut their deficit in the Western Conference semifinal to two games to one, but their surprise starting goalie, Frederik Andersen, suffered a lower-body injury in the third. He was replaced by Jonas Hiller, who got the win. The Ducks will call up goalie John Gibson from AHL Norfolk.