Rangers Defeat Penguins 5-2, Even Series

Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls, don’t adjust your browser. Yours truly is covering the match-up between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers tonight. Pittsburgh took the first game in the series Tuesday night in triple overtime, winning 4-3. Tonight, Pittsburgh looks to take the 2-0 series advantage, while the Rangers look to even the series at a game a piece.

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines and Defencive Combinations

New York Rangers Lines and Defencive Combinations

Game Recap

In the first period, puck possession is battled for early. At 3:36, Pittsburgh heads to the power play when New York’s Patrik Nemeth is whistled for a Cross-checking penalty. With the Rangers successfully killing the penalty, they will take the 1-0 lead when Andrew Copp scores his second of the postseason at 6:50. Pittsburgh ties the contest at 8:52 when Jake Guentzel scores his third of the playoffs. Pittsburgh then gets their second power play of the night when Ryan Strome heads to the box for a Delay of Game via deflecting the puck over the glass at 16:35. At the end of the first, the Penguins and Rangers are tied 1-1.

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In the second period, the Rangers get their first power play of the night when Pittsburgh’s John Marino heads off for a Cross-checking penalty at 1:05. The Rangers re-take the lead when Ryan Strome scores on the power play, his first of the postseason, with six seconds left of the power play. Then the Rangers take the 3-1 lead when Chris Kreider strikes for his second of the playoffs at 12:06. Then, New York heads to another power play when Pittsburgh’s Kasperi Kapanen heads off for a Holding penalty at 13:53. Sidney Crosby then strikes with his first goal of the playoffs to bring the Pens within a goal at 18:34.

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In the third period, puck battles go back and forth across both ends, with plenty of shots getting off. New York takes the 4-2 lead when Artemi Panarin strikes with his first of the postseason at 8:02. Frank Vatrano then responds with a goal of his own to give the Blueshirts the three goal lead at 9:49. Matching minors are doled out at 12:25 when Pittsburgh’s Brock McGinn is sent off for Cross-checking and New York’s Filip Chytil is sent off for a Slashing penalty. The penalty comes to an end and with 5:15 left in the period, Pittsburgh netminder Louis Dominque is pulled to bring the extra attacker out for the Pens. At 17:56, Pittsburgh’s Jeff Carter is sent off for a goaltender interference call, as well as a roughing call with Drew O’Connor serving the Roughing penalty, and then New York’s Alexis Lafreniere is also shown the box for a Roughing penalty. With the penalties assessed, the Rangers head to the extra man advantage. With 30 seconds left in the contest, Pittsburgh’s Evan Rodrigues is whistled for a Slashing penalty as the Rangers go on to get the 5-2 win over the Penguins and even up the series at a game a piece.

Scoring and Penalty Summary

1st
NYR Penalty: Patrik Nemeth for Cross-checking – 2 min minor – 03:36
NYR Goal: Andrew Copp (2) – Assisted by Artemi Panarin (1) and Justin Braun (1) – 06:50

PIT Goal: Jake Guentzel (3) – Assisted by Marcus Pettersson (1) and Sidney Crosby (3) – 08:52

NYR Penalty: Ryan Strome for Delay of Game-Puck over Glass – 2 min minor – 16:35

2nd
PIT Penalty: John Marino for Cross-checking – 2 min minor – 01:05
NYR PP Goal: Ryan Strome (1) – Assisted by Adam Fox (1) and Artemi Panarin (2) – 02:59


NYR Goal: Chris Kreider (2) – Assisted by Frank Vatrano (1) and K’Andre Miller (1) – 12:06

PIT Penalty: Kasperi Kapanen for Holding – 2 min minor – 13:53
PIT Goal: Sidney Crosby (1) – Assisted by Bryan Rust (3) and Mike Matheson (1) – 18:34

3rd
NYR Goal: Artemi Panarin (1) – Assisted by Frank Vatrano (2) and K’Andre Miller (2) – 08:02

NYR Goal: Frank Vatrano (1) – Assisted by Braden Schneider (1) – 09:49

NYR Penalty: Filip Chytil for Slashing – 2 min minor – 12:25
PIT Penalty: Brock McGinn for Cross-checking – 2 min minor – 12:25
PIT Penalty: Jeff Carter for Goaltender Interference – 2 min minor – 17:56
PIT Penalty: Jeff Carter for Roughing (served by Drew O’Connor) – 2 min minor – 17:56
NYR Penalty: Alexis Lafreniere for Roughing – 2 min minor – 17:56
PIT Penalty: Evan Rodrigues for Slashing – 2 min minor – 19:30

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Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st

Pittsburgh – 1New York – 1
Faceoffs118
Power Play0/20/0
Shots1114
Hits1419

2nd

Pittsburgh – 2New York – 3
Faceoffs2118
Power Play0/21/2
Shots2531
Hits2431

3rd

Pittsburgh – 2New York – 5
Faceoffs3127
Power Play0/21/4
Shots4140
Hits2740
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Next Contest: Saturday, May 7th, 2022 at Pittsburgh (Series Tied 1-1)

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