May 13, 2014 9:55 pm

Rangers edge Penguins 2-1 to advance to conference finals

New York Rangers' Brian Boyle (22) celebrates his goal with teammates Anton Stralman (6) and Dominic Moore as Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) and Olli Maatta (3) skate back to their bench in the first period of Game 7 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey series, in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

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PITTSBURGH – Henrik Lundqvist set an NHL record with his fifth straight Game 7 victory, making 35 saves to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and earn a spot in the Eastern Conference finals.

Brian Boyle and Brad Richards scored for New York, who rallied from a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in the franchise’s 88-year history.

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The Rangers did it behind Lundqvist, who stopped 102 of the final 105 shots he faced over the final three games as New York advanced to the conference finals for the second time in three years.

The Rangers will play the winner of the Bruins-Canadiens series in the conference finals. That series is tied 3-3 and Game 7 is Wednesday night in Boston.

Jussi Jokinen scored his team-high seventh goal of the post-season for the Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves for the Penguins, who were outscored 10-3 over the final three games.

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