PITTSBURGH — Patric Hornqvist had his first playoff hat trick and the Penguins pulled away from the Rangers 5-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Wednesday night.
Hornqvist added an assist, Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists and backup goaltender Jeff Zatkoff had 35 saves in his first postseason start, playing because Matt Murray is out indefinitely with a concussion.
Pittsburgh took advantage when New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist left with a facial injury after the first period.
Lundqvist played just 20 minutes after taking a stick to the face from teammate Marc Staal. Antti Raanta was shaky in Lundqvist's place, stopping 16 of 19 shots.
The Rangers never led.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: Wild leading scorer Zach Parise will miss at least the first two games of the playoffs because of an upper-body injury. Neither he nor fellow forward Thomas Vanek (upper-body injury, week to week) will travel to Dallas. Also, the Wild signed Alex Tuch, its first-round pick in 2014 who just finished his Boston College career at the Frozen Four in Tampa, to a three-year, entry-level contract. … The Canucks signed defenseman Troy Stecher of Frozen Four champion North Dakota. … The Maple Leafs signed forward Nazem Kadri and defenseman Morgan Rielly to six-year deals, locking up two potential restricted free agents.
First Period—1, Pittsburgh, Hornqvist 1 (Sheary, Letang), 19:42. Penalties—Stalberg, NYR (hooking), 5:19; Stalberg, NYR (illegal check to head minor), 10:47; Fehr, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:59.
Second Period—2, Pittsburgh, Crosby 1 (Hornqvist), 18:56. Penalties—Kreider, NYR (interference), :09; Moore, NYR (holding), 10:02; Daley, Pit (tripping), 11:46.
Third Period—3, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 1 (Nash, Brassard), 3:10 (pp). 4, Pittsburgh, Kuhnhackl 1 (Bonino, Letang), 5:31 (sh). 5, Pittsburgh, Hornqvist 2 (Kessel, Crosby), 8:02 (pp). 6, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 2 (Boyle, Zuccarello), 10:11. 7, Pittsburgh, Hornqvist 3 (Crosby, Daley), 17:10 (en). Penalties—Cole, Pit (roughing), 2:08; Hagelin, Pit, double minor (high-sticking), 2:08; E.Staal, NYR (goaltender interference), 7:35. Shots on Goal—N.Y. Rangers 12-10-15—37. Pittsburgh 11-7-13—31. Power-play opportunities—N.Y. Rangers 1 of 5; Pittsburgh 1 of 5. Goalies—N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist (11 shots-10 saves), Raanta 0-1-0 (0:00 second, 19-16). Pittsburgh, Zatkoff 1-0-0 (37-35). A—18,588 (18,387). T—2:43.