The Pittsburgh Penguins, led by two power-play goals from Evgeni Malkin, beat the New York Rangers 5-3 last night to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their playoff series.

The Rangers, who lost the first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Pittsburgh, failed to score on six power plays, two with a 5-on-3 man advantage, and face elimination if they lose Game 4 tomorrow at Madison Square Garden.

Marian Hossa, Ryan Malone and Georges Laraque also scored for Pittsburgh.

Martin Straka scored for the Rangers in the first period and tallies by Ryan Callahan and Jaromir Jagr in the second brought the hosts back into the game at 3-3.

But Malkin’s second goal, a booming slapshot, put the visitors ahead while New York’s Ryan Hollweg was serving a penalty for boarding.
The Penguins, led by captain Sidney Crosby, who had two assists, have won all seven playoff games this season after sweeping the Ottawa Senators 4-0 in the first round.

Stars 2 Sharks 1 (OT) — Mattias Norstrom’s goal 4:37 into overtime gave Dallas a win over San Jose last night in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Sergei Zubov tied the game in the third period for the Stars, who now hold a 3-0 lead in the series and can close it out tonight.

Red Wings 4 Avalanche 3 — Pavel Datsyuk scored twice and added an assist to lead Detroit to a road victory over Colorado last night that gives them a 3-0 series stranglehold.

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