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Penguins, Kings take control on the road

Crosby finally scores in Penguins' latest shutout win
Crosby finally scores in Penguins' latest shutout win
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The Stanley Cup playoffs have had two very noteworthy streaks thus far. Of course, Sidney Crosby's streak of not scoring a single goal in these Stanley Cup playoffs was nothing to brag about, while the Los Angeles Kings' winning streak after facing a 3-0 deficit in the first round has been. Yet Crosby's streak ended and the Kings' streak continued on May 5, putting Pittsburgh and Los Angeles in control of their second round series' after road victories.

Crosby's first goal of the playoffs was the only one the Penguins needed, yet they still beat the New York Rangers by 2-0 in Game 3. As for the Kings, they beat the Anaheim Ducks for the second straight time in Anaheim, with their 3-1 win in Game 2 serving as their fifth straight victory overall.

Once Crosby broke his drought in the second period, the Rangers were virtually finished then and there, given their recent offensive woes. Nevertheless, the Penguins got an extra goal in the period from Jussi Jokinen, as Marc-Andre Fleury took over from there with 35 saves.

After two straight shutouts that negated the Rangers' Game 1 overtime win, the Penguins have seized control of this series. New York will probably score in these Stanley Cup playoffs again at some point, but at this rate, it will only have two games left to do it in.

The Ducks also face the prospect of having just two games left in their season. Despite having the most points in the Western Conference, and despite being seven seconds away from winning Game 1 over Los Angeles, Anaheim is in danger of being steamrolled four straight times just like the San Jose Sharks were -- without the benefit of three straight wins first.

The Kings' latest triumph started with yet another goal from Marian Gaborik, following the ones he scored to end regulation and overtime of Game 1. Despite not having any offense after a two-goal first period, the defense won this one for the Kings, as Jonathan Quick turned away 36 shots.

With Quick, Gaborik and Stanley Cup playoff scoring leader Anze Kopitar still on fire, Los Angeles is closing toward its third straight Western Conference final berth. Likewise, Pittsburgh is halfway to a second straight Eastern Conference final berth -- but the Penguins and Kings know from last year how momentum can suddenly end in the conference finals.

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