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NHL: Rangers blank Penguins to stave off elimination

AP , NEW YORK

Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and the New York Rangers staved off elimination with a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

The Penguins, who lost for the first time in eight playoff games this year, lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final 3-1.

They will try again to finish off the Rangers in Game 5 in Pittsburgh tomorrow.

Only two NHL teams have come back to win after trailing 3-0, and none have done it since the 1975 New York Islanders against Pittsburgh.

Jagr’s second-period goal broke a scoreless tie, and Brandon Dubinsky’s power-play goal early in the third period made it 2-0.

Jagr scored into an empty net in the final minute.

Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for New York.

The Rangers beat the Penguins at home for the fifth time in six games this season.

RED WINGS 8, AVALANCHE 2

At Denver, Johan Franzen’s second hat trick in three games fueled Detroit’s rout that completed a sweep of the injury-riddled Colorado.

The Red Wings advance to the Western Conference finals against the winner of the Dallas-San Jose series which the Stars lead 3-1.

Franzen’s nine goals in the series matched Colorado’s total, and his three goals in Game 4 made him the first player with two hat tricks in one series since Jari Kurri did it for Edmonton in 1985.

The “Mule” scored on a breakaway in the first period and added a short-handed backhander and a redirection into the net in the second, when the Red Wings scored four times to take a 7-1 lead.

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