PITTSBURGH — The New York Rangers built a two-goal lead, then held on for a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night at Consol Energy Center to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.

Left winger Carl Hagelin scored on a breakaway in the first period, and center Chris Kreider scored in the second period for a 2-0 New York lead.

Right winger Patric Hornqvist broke up a potential shutout for Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with a third-period goal.

Game 4 is Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center.

Pittsburgh was sloppy with the puck in its own end early in the game, and a less-than-ideal line change assisted New York on the game’s first goal.

In their end, the Rangers consistently pushed the Penguins to the perimeter or behind the net. By the time the Penguins got their first shot of the game — a long-range launch by defenseman Ben Lovejoy that Lundqvist easily stopped at 15:10 of the first period with one second left on a power play — the Rangers held a 1-0 lead.

With the Penguins handcuffed during a line change, Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle saw an opening and set up Hagelin, who drove down the slot. Hagelin’s shot from just above the left hash marks slid under the pads of Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury at 8:43 of the first period.

The Rangers pushed their lead to 2-0 at 11:07 of the second period, shortly after a power play expired. Defenseman Marc Staal sent a pass from the left point off of the end boards and directly out to Kreider, who had an easy tap-in at the right post.

Hornqvist pulled the Penguins within 2-1 at 13:12 of the third period in a scramble of players near the crease. After Lundqvist stopped a shot by defenseman Ian Cole, Hornqvist chipped the puck in.

Lundqvist made 23 saves in the win, while Fleury stopped 24 shots.

Wild 3, Blues 0

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — Minnesota’s top line of left winger Zach Parise, center Mikael Granlund and right winger Jason Pominville combined to score two goals late in the second period, leading the Wild to a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues and a 2-1 lead in the teams’ first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Parise and Pominville each had a goal and an assist, and Granlund had two assists. Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk made 17 saves for his first career playoff shutout. Right winger Nino Niederreiter added an empty-net goal.

The Blues got a 21-save performance from goalie Jake Allen, but were frustrated offensively all night and lost their seventh consecutive playoff road game.

The Wild finally gave the anxious crowd a reason to explode late in the second period when Pominville scored his second goal of the playoffs.

Granlund raced up the left side of the ice with the puck, skating around Blues right winger Vladimir Tarasenko and winding up to shoot, only to have the puck knocked away. Parise grabbed the loose puck and zipped a pass to Pominville, who was uncovered at the side of the crease. With Allen out of position, Pominville needed only to tap the puck into the mostly empty net at 14:08.

Two minutes later, Parise doubled the Minnesota lead. This time it was Pominville feeding a pass to Parise, who was tied up with Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester a dozen feet out from the top of the crease. Parise whacked at the puck twice to get it free of the defender, then zipped a slap shot past Allen before the goalie could react.

The three-goal lead for Minnesota finally came with 2:02 remaining and Allen on the bench, when Niederreiter scored his first goal of the playoffs.

The Blues last won a road playoff game on April 19, 2012, beating the Sharks 3-1 in San Jose.