- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2008

From combined dispatches

Penguins 2, Rangers 0

PITTSBURGH — Jordan Staal scored a power-play goal in the second period and Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made the lead stand up as the Penguins beat New York Rangers for a home-ice sweep of the first two games of their second-round series.

Staal’s goal came with older brother Marc, a Rangers defenseman, on the ice and was all the offensive support Fleury needed while making 26 saves. Fleury helped the Penguins kill off two key Rangers power plays in the final six-plus minutes, and Adam Hall scored into an empty net with 16.7 seconds remaining.

Games 3 and 4 will be tomorrow and Thursday at Madison Square Garden, where Pittsburgh is 0-3-1 this season.

Stars 5, Sharks 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Mike Modano scored the tiebreaking goal early in Dallas’ four-goal third period and Marty Turco made 29 saves as the Stars beat San Jose in Game 2 of their series.

Brad Richards scored the tying goal on an awful turnover by San Jose in the opening minute of the third period, and Niklas Hagman added two goals in the Stars’ eighth victory in their last nine trips to San Jose. Mike Ribeiro also scored an early goal before Dallas put a tremendous finish on another profitable night at the Shark Tank.

Dallas hasn’t reached the conference finals since 2000, when the Stars beat San Jose in the second round on the way to their second straight Stanley Cup Finals appearance.


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