NHL Playoff Roundup
NHL playoff roundup …NEW YORK ó Evgeni Malkin scored two power-play goals and added an assist to lift Pittsburgh to a 5-3 victory over New York on Tuesday night that stretched the Penguins’ lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal to 3-0.
The Penguins are 7-0 in the postseason, still rolling after a four-game sweep of Ottawa in the first round.
Pittsburgh, which lost all four road meetings with the Rangers this season, can advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2001 as early as Thursday.
New York, which outshot Pittsburgh 39-17, erased a two-goal deficit in the second period. Malkin restored the lead before the frame was finished, then won a key faceoff in the Rangers end that helped set up Ryan Malone’s goal that made it 5-3 at 2:30 of the third.
Marian Hossa, Georges Laraque and Malkin scored for Pittsburgh around a goal by New York’s Martin Straka in the first period.
Stars 2, Sharks 1, OT
DALLAS ó Mattias Norstrom scored from the top of the left circle 4:37 into overtime to give Dallas the victory and a 3-0 lead in the series.