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Crosby grinding through lengthy goal drought as Penguins try to regroup against Rangers

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) in the first period of Game 1 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) in the first period of Game 1 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS GAME-WINNING SCORER TO DERICK BRASSARD NOT BENOIT POULIOT - New York Rangers' Derick Brassard (not shown) makes the game-winning goal between Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and Sidney Crosby (87) in the first overtime period of Game 1 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 2, 2014. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    CORRECTS GAME-WINNING SCORER TO DERICK BRASSARD NOT BENOIT POULIOT - New York Rangers' Derick Brassard (not shown) makes the game-winning goal between Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and Sidney Crosby (87) in the first overtime period of Game 1 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 2, 2014. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with teammate Daniel Carcillo (13) after a 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with teammate Daniel Carcillo (13) after a 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are rallying around struggling star Sidney Crosby.

The NHL's leading scorer watched his playoff goal drought reach a career-high 12 games in Friday night's 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Crosby was also on the ice for all three New York goals, including Derick Brassard's winner.

The MVP candidate says he is healthy and needs to just stay aggressive. Crosby has six assists in seven games during the playoffs, but hasn't scored a postseason goal since a victory over Ottawa in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last year.

Game 2 against the Rangers is Sunday in Pittsburgh.