ATLANTA (AP) -Sean Avery ricocheted a fluke goal off the boards from center ice and Brendan Shanahan scored the winner with 4:01 remaining Saturday, lifting the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers and a commanding two-nothing lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series.
Shanahan's 54th career playoff goal came after Ilya Kovalchuk tied the game at 1 for the Thrashers with 14:25 remaining.
The series now moves to Madison Square Garden for Game 3 on Tuesday night. The next two games are in New York, giving the Rangers a chance to clinch the series without coming back to Atlanta.
Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for the victory. Atlanta's Johan Hedberg, who replaced Kari Lehtonen in the nets after Game 1, was sharp in stopping 37 shots.
Penguins 4, Senators 3
OTTAWA (AP) - Sidney Crosby scored his second goal in two career playoff games 11:44 into the third period to lift Pittsburgh over Ottawa, evening the first-round Eastern Conference series at one win apiece.
Crosby, who scored a late power-play goal in Wednesday's series-opening 6-3 loss, scored Pittsburgh's third goal of the third period at 11:44. The Penguins tied it twice in the final frame before the 19-year-old NHL scoring champion gave them their second and final lead.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Mike Fisher's shot from the slot with 13.1 seconds remaining to seal the win. Fleury, who left after allowing all six goals Wednesday, made 34 saves as Ottawa outshot Pittsburgh 37-21 overall, including 20-5 in the second period.
Gary Roberts and Jordan Staal scored tying goals earlier in the period and Crosby assisted on Ryan Whitney's power-play goal early in the first.
Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal an assist in the second to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead. Chris Kelly put Ottawa up 3-2 when he scored for the second straight game 6:18 into the third.
The Senators have never led a playoff series 2-0. Ottawa lost for the seventh straight time after winning the opener and now heads to Pittsburgh for two, beginning with Game 3 on Sunday night.
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