The Pittsburgh Penguins humiliated the New York Rangers with a 7-2 win Monday night and now lead 3-1 in their first-round series.
The Penguins defeated the Rangers in New York on Wednesday.
Sidney Crosby inspires and inspires
Sidney Crosby had 1 goal and 2 assists to earn 200 points in the playoffs and is the sixth player to achieve the feat in NHL history. The captain has 28 career points in the playoffs against Rangers, equaling Jean Béliveau’s record.
Igor Shesterkin gave up six times after 30 shots before being replaced by Alexandar Georgiev in the third period, while Pittsburgh crowds continued to taunt him and shout “Igor!” Igor! Igor! after a painful performance.
After the game, Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant gave his Vezina Trophy favorite a vote of confidence.
“He’s the best goalkeeper in the league. So I send him into the fray, said Gallant. He’s probably very frustrated. It’s a team effort and he’ll be back on the ice ready to win the next game. I have all the confidence in the world in him. I’m more disappointed with our team than with him. At least three pucks were deflected in front of him, but we only played a soft game. »
“We didn’t play very well in front of him. It’s not his fault at all,” forward Andrew Copp said of his goalkeeper.
Alexis Lafrenière scored his first NHL playoff goal of his career by scoring the goal after just 2 minutes. At 20 years old, Laffy became the youngest Blueshirts player to score a playoff goal since Steven Rice in 1991.
Braden Schneider managed to keep the puck in the opponent’s zone before handing it to Lafrenière, who scored with a good, accurate wrist shot at the expense of another Quebecer, goaltender Louis Domingue.
Domingue also signed his third career playoff win after making 22 saves, replacing No. 1 Casey DeSmith.
“You just have to persevere. It’s a matter of determination and passion. It doesn’t matter what people say, if you believe in yourself, that matters,” Domingue said of his unexpected journey.
“Playing wasn’t the original plan. I just wanted to be here and help in any way I could. Tonight this win is a team win, we were all over the ice. We were very good, we put the pressure on and we have to redo the script in New York. »
The Penguins separated when captain Sidney Crosby deflected the puck behind the goaltender, but it took a video replay to confirm the puck had indeed crossed the line as Igor Shesterkin’s block partially obscured the puck. The power play goal was Crosby’s second of the playoffs.
Chris Kreider left the game with 3 minutes remaining in the first period when he was hit by a shot near the collarbone while stationed to Domingue’s left and fell to the ice. He retired to the locker room before returning to the bench for the second third.
Jeff Carter quickly thought he made it 2-1 by getting in front of the net alone and lifting the crowd, but his shot was more likely to hit the post. It was only a reprieve as the Penguins were still ahead 2 minutes later thanks to Mike Matheson. Then Jake Guentzel made it 3-1 just 25 seconds later, with Crosby contributing to his 200th point.
They continued their dominance with Mark Friedman’s first playoff goal.
However, Rangers were not disappointed as Adam Fox closed the gap. Except that the Penguins quickly found a cushion of four goals with Danton Heinen. Then Shesterkin yielded a sixth time with 30 seconds remaining in the third, this time in front of Carter, who blocked Jason Zucker’s shot.
Evgeni Malkin completed the goal with the only goal of the third period. The Penguins have scored at least 7 goals in two consecutive playoff games for the first time in club history.
“We created good chances and took some of them, we have to continue this line,” said Crosby. We worked hard in front of the net; We also took advantage of discrepancies and returns.
“We still have a lot to do. They (Rangers) will be at their best next time. We have a chance to finish it, but it’s a good hockey team and it’s going to be a big challenge in New York. »
Crosby and the hungry penguins