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New York’s futile power play had already slowed down the offense, but now the Rangers can’t score at all. They were 0 for 5 with the advantage Monday, pushing their streak to 34 failed opportunities.

“You might be frustrated right now, but it does no good,” forward Brad Richards said. “We are in the middle of a series, and out of those three games, we played two real good ones.”

The Rangers have consecutive losses in these playoffs for the first time and haven’t scored since winning the opener in overtime. Game 4 is Wednesday in New York.

The tide turned in Pittsburgh’s favor in the second period for the third straight game.

New York had 2:15 remaining on a 4-minute power play that began in the first, but couldn’t cash in. To make matters worse for the Rangers, Crosby took a long stretch pass from defenseman Robert Bortuzzo, outraced Marc Staal, and beat Henrik Lundqvist between the pads from the left circle 19 seconds after James Neal left the penalty box. It was Crosby’s 41st career playoff goal.

The Penguins struck for their second goal right after Jokinen jumped out of the box. He got to a loose puck in the neutral zone after Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello failed to connect on a backward pass in the Pittsburgh end.

Jokinen came in alone and scored his fifth of the playoffs with 4:40 left in the second - 8 seconds after his penalty ended.

New York was suddenly down by two and the weight of its anemic power play burdened the team even more. During the Rangers‘ last advantage in the second period, the Madison Square Garden crowd implored them to “Shoot the puck!” They did, but to no avail.

“I am happy about our whole team,” Vigneault said. “We played a real strong game. That is one of the best two-way teams in the league.”

The Rangers received their first power play 5:16 in when Marcel Goc was called for roughing Dominic Moore after an icing call.

Neal later got his 4-minute penalty for hitting Jesper Fast in the mouth with his stick with 1:45 remaining. Benoit Pouliot had the best chance during the first half of the advantage when he fired a drive off the right post with 14 seconds left in the period.

Before that, Zuccarello one-timed a pass from Pouliot during 5-on-5 play from the left circle that Fleury snagged with a stretch of his glove.

Lundqvist turned aside Chris Kunitz on a breakaway, for the second time in as many days, during New York’s first power play.

“It’s the first to four wins,” Lundqvist said. “We will take a deep breath here and get ready for Wednesday.

“That’s going to be a very important game for us. This is definitely not over.”

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