May 5, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates in on a breakaway past New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) and scores a goal during the second period of game three of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014, Penguins at Rangers final score: Pittsburgh blanks New York, 2-0, to take series lead

After the first two games of the Eastern Conference series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers were split, the action shifted to Madison Square Garden for an important Game 3 on Monday night.

The Penguins were hoping to reclaim home ice advantage, and they were able to a one-goal lead thanks to star forward Sidney Crosby netting the puck past Henrik Lundqvist just over two minutes into the second period. It was the first postseason goal for Crosby.

Thirteen minutes later, Jussi Jokinen scored a second goal for the Penguins to give them a 2-0 lead entering the final period.

The two goal need was all that the Penguins would need to come away with the win, as Marc-Andre Fleury who scored his second consecutive shutout in the postseason. It was the first time in his career that Fleury had back-to-back shutouts.

Pittsburgh now holds a 2-1 lead in the series.

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