NHL-Crosby ends drought as Penguins down Rangers

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* Fleury makes 35 saves for Penguins

* Rangers struggle on power-play to fall 2-1 behind in series

May 5 (Reuters) - Sidney Crosby ended a 13-game playoff scoring drought as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Monday to assume control of their Eastern Conference semi-final series.

Following their 3-0 win on Sunday, the Penguins now enjoy a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven series with Game Four set for New York on Wednesday.

Crosby sparked the contest into life when he netted on a breakaway early in the second-period for his first goal of the post-season.

It was just a matter of time for Crosby, who enjoyed a sensational regular season, winning his second Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer with 104 points

"The main thing is that you get chances and that you are out there creating things, making it tough on them," Crosby, who also won the scoring title in 2007, told reporters.

"That's the first step, but eventually you trust that it will go in if you get those chances."

Jussi Jokinen added another goal in the second and that was all the scoring Pittsburgh needed as Marc-Andre Fleury earned his second straight shutout with 35 saves in the triumph.

Fleury stopped 22 shots one night earlier and now has eight career playoff shutouts.

The Rangers, who survived a full seven-game series against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round, have played five games in the last seven days.

If they were feeling any fatigue, it did not show in their attack as they were the aggressors. However, the Rangers are struggling on the power-play as they went 0-for-5 and have not scored in 34 chances.

"We had the puck a lot more in their zone and more possessions," Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said.

"We have to continue to put more pucks to the net."

New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist faced only 15 shots and made 13 saves. (Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)

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