Brassard brace for Rangers

Derick Brassard scored twice as the New York Rangers scored four in the first two periods in a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The victory in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Second Round series means the Penguins now lead the best-of-seven clash 3-2 ahead of the sixth encounter on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

In Friday's other match, Minnesota Wild claimed a 4-2 win over Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Second Round to level their series at 2-2.