After losing three straight games to the Pittsburgh Penguins and reaching the brink of playoff elimination, the New York Rangers bounced back with a strong 60-minute performance to send their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series back to Madison Square Garden for Game 6 on Sunday.
The Rangers never trailed in Game 5, opening the scoring midway through the first period on a power-play goal from Chris Kreider, then picking up four more goals to finish the game with a 5-1 victory over the Penguins.
Derick Brassard had two goals and an assist for New York, while Mats Zuccarello registered three helpers and Henrik Lundqvist was solid in net with 31 saves.
The win keeps New York's playoff hopes alive after Martin St. Louis returned to join his teammates following the unexpected death of his mother on Thursday. Whatever the reason for the Rangers' boost in intensity, it was Pittsburgh who looked listless on Friday.
Game 6 goes Sunday at 7 p.m. ET from New York City.
Final Score: New York Rangers 5 - Pittsburgh Penguins 1
Pittsburgh leads best-of-seven series 3-2