Bylsma used his timeout, but couldn’t stem the tide. New York led 3-0 despite recording only seven shots on goal. It was the Rangers’ biggest first period of the season, and one goal shy of tying their most productive frame of the campaign.
The Rangers, who will play at Pittsburgh on Friday, had dropped back-to-back 3-0 decisions to the Penguins before breaking out on Wednesday. The Penguins won the first meeting of the season 6-3 on Jan. 20.
‘‘It just seems we've been on our heels playing Pittsburgh, and we need to be more on our toes,’’ Tortorella said. ‘‘We found our way. We just need to temper it, enjoy it, but we’re still fighting for our lives.’’
New York continued its onslaught in the second period, pushing the lead to 4-0 just 1:53 in when Brassard scored his first with the Rangers on a power play.
Dupuis netted the Penguins’ lone goal only 34 seconds later, but the Penguins couldn’t build momentum off of it.
Clowe scored his second of the night and season, again on a power play, with 8:08 left in the second off assists by Brassard and Boyle.
Fleury got so frustrated that he slammed his stick against the boards behind his net and got the blade stuck in the gap where the glass meets the dasher. In the third period, Fleury angrily batted a puck out of the air during a stoppage in play.
NOTES: The Rangers had scored five goals in a game three times this season. ... Penguins D Mark Eaton didn’t make the trip to New York because of an illness. He was replaced in the lineup by Robert Bortuzzo, who sat out the previous 16 games following his most recent appearance on Feb. 28 at Carolina. Bortuzzo earned his second assist of the season.