It’s all come down to this. Pittsburgh had a 3-1 series lead, and the Rangers have come storming back. Can the Rangers complete the series comeback? Or will the Penguins break the hearts of the New York faithful? We have come to the two most stressful words in all of sports, Game 7.
Here is how the two teams would line up:
In the first period, the Rangers would get on the board first, the goal would be tallied by Chris Kreider. It would be his fifth goal of the playoffs, assists on the play would come from Mika Zibanejad and Braden Schneider.
Before the end of the period, the Penguins would tie up the game. While on the power play, Danton Heinen would nab his third goal of the playoffs. The assists coming from Jeff Carter and Evan Rodrigues.
In the second period, Jake Guentzel would score his eighth goal of the playoffs. It was not without controversy. Guentzel would kick the puck in the air, and smack it down with the heel of his stick and in the net. The call on the ice was a good goal, and after video review, the call was upheld. The assists on the play would come from Bryan Rust and Sidney Crosby. The goal came via the power play, the Penguins second PPG of the game.
A minute later, the Rangers would tie up the game. Finally getting his first goal of the series would be K’Andre Miller. The assists on the play would come from Andrew Copp and Ryan Strome. The goal would be Miller’s first career Stanley Cup Playoff goal.
Before the end of the period, the Penguins would once again take the lead. The goal coming from Evan Rodrigues. The play was unassisted, as it was also a short handed goal. The Penguins would take a 3-2 lead heading into the third period.
In the third period, Mika Zibanejad would tie up the game. It would be his third goal of the playoffs, with the assist coming from Andrew Copp. This play was also controversial, as it appeared that Alexis Lafreniere ripped off the helmet of Marcus Pettersson, putting the Penguins short a player and in scramble mode. No call was made on the play, and it was a good goal. This Game 7 would head to overtime.
In the overtime session, K’Andre Miller would strip the puck from Brock McGinn and get a breakaway. McGinn would take the penalty to preserve the tie. However, on the ensuing power play, Artemi Panarin would score his third goal of the series. The assists would come from Adam Fox and Mika Zibanejad. The Rangers complete the series comeback and will face the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round.
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