That ended a six-game losing streak for the Penguins, who had lost their first four games—all by one goal—under new coach Michel Therrien.
“Marc-Andre was phenomenal and we capitalized on our chances and did a lot of good things,” Therrien said.
Althought it hasn’t been reflected with many wins, Fleury has played very well since he was recalled from the minors in late November. Playing behind one the league’s worst defenses, he has surrendered three goals or fewer in 10 of his last 12 games.
Fleury has faced 32 or more shots all but once in his last six starts.
“You don’t want to make his job more difficult, make him have to face 45-46 shots every night,” said Crosby, who has five goals in his past four games. “But there’s a confidence level with him right now, and that’s the most important thing. I think things are starting to get better with us. We have to keep going and keep improving.”
The Rangers rebounded from a poor game against league-leading Ottawa by scoring six unanswered goals Wednesday in a 6-2 victory over the rival New York Islanders.
Jaromir Jagr had one goal and three assists for the Rangers, who have won two of three after losing a season-high three in a row.
“In order to win games, your top line has to score,” said Jagr, the league’s leading scorer with 59 points. “Some nights, it works for us.”
Rookie goalie Henrik Lundqvist figures to start Saturday after making 23 saves Wednesday to improve to 14-5-3 this season.