Evgeni Malkin opened the celebrations for the Pittsburgh Penguins who can thank Louis Domingue, who eased Tuesday night’s Game 1 against the New York Rangers with a 4-3 win in third overtime.
Domingue was sent into the fight in the second overtime after teammate Casey DeSmith was injured. The Quebecer held the line with panache to stay perfect on 17 shots and allow Malkin the winning goal.
“You think you’re going to be nervous,” Domingue remarked. But it was just fun… I was mostly excited. »
With 5 minutes and 58 seconds of play in that third overtime, the Penguins forward redirected a shot just past Igor Shesterkin. The Rangers keeper accepts defeat despite ending the night with an impressive 79 save total.
“We know that we can win every game if we play well and work hard,” said Malkin, who also skilfully prepared the equalizer. I think we deserved the win tonight. »
Now it’s time to rest as much as possible but the break will be short as both teams will be back in action on Thursday night.
Rangers buzzed in the first third and hit on target on the power play. Adam Fox’s point shot worked its way into the back net to open the goal.
Late in the first half, Ryan Lindgren hit striker Rickard Rakell hard in the head. The latter retired to the dressing room while the Rangers defender was penalized for two minutes.
Less than four minutes into the middle section, Andrew Copp flashed the red light. Just over a minute later, Sidney Crosby spotted Jake Guentzel in the net and Guentzel beat Igor Shesterkin to reduce the deficit to one goal. The two Penguins forwards reunited shortly thereafter. Crosby slipped the puck past the Rangers defenders and Guentzel completed the move again to equalize.
“Geno” rhymes with hero!
The Penguins had the wind in their sails and seemed to be able to up the ante in a power play at the end of the engagement. However, Mika Zibanejad lunged for the puck in his own crease after a faceoff to get into Pittsburgh territory. He handed over to Chris Kreider, who got rid of his roofer and the author of 52 goals this season, scoring his first of the streak.
However, the New Yorkers were still playing with a man down on the ice and Jacob Trouba opened the door for his rival with a penalty that offered a 5 on 3. Evgeni Malkin joined Bryan Rust, who shoved the disc into an abandoned cage to score his third goal of the team in the second period and just before retiring to the dressing room.
Both sides appeared to be going into overtime, but Kaapo Kakko invaded Penguins territory in the third half with less than four minutes to go. A cut in front of the net pushed DeSmith out of his semi-circle and Filip Chytil only had to send the disc into a completely open net. The challenge didn’t stay in the Penguins’ camp for long and after review, the officials denied the goal that maintained the equaliser.
Quite a turnaround for the Penguins midway through the second overtime. Bored with possible cramps, DeSmith went to the bench and was replaced by Louis Domingue. The latter was quickly put to the test by Rangers but he stood in front of his cage. When he left, DeSmith had made 48 saves. For his part, Domingue made 14 saves before returning to the dressing room.
The keeper added three saves to his tally and the game ended with the 83rd shot recorded on Shesterkin’s cage.
Lindgren wrestles Rakell with a powerful check
Guentzel completes the tic-tac-toe
Kreider and Elektro Zibanejad at a disadvantage
A decision that will make New York talk