NHL: Rangers show their colors to Penguins by winning 5-2


Artemi Panarin and Frank Vatrano had a night of three points each to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of this first-round series on Thursday.

The streak is now equal to one win for each side.

In his third playoff game of his career, Quebec goalkeeper Louis Domingue did well, but the Rangers scored two quick goals midway through the third to take the final initiative. He faced a 40-shot grapeshot.

“It’s an 82-game season and we’ve done it all season,” said Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant. Our team is talented and if we want to play good hockey, we are a good team. †

Domingue took over for Casey DeSmith in the second period of overtime in Game 1, which Pittsbugh won 4-3. The porter signed the victory with 17 saves.

“It’s a hard-fought game. We can get a lot of good out of it,” said Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan. When we were in our zone I noticed that we were defending with enthusiasm. We had a few chances on offense. We need special teams improve. “

At 5:56 pm of the third period, Jeff Carter collided with Rangers goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin, who was down for a few minutes. Quebecer Alexis Lafrenière came in defense of his goalkeeper against Carter, who was given a four-minute penalty for this contact and left the game. Lafrenière earned a small penalty on the streak.

Shesterkin took 83 shots in Game 1 of the series and was at it again. The Russian goalkeeper stopped 39 pucks to record his first playoff win of his career.

Panarin and Vatrano hit the target once, in addition to two assists.

Andrew Copp opened the score for Rangers in the first inning after a fine pass-exchange. His shot eventually went past the net and went into the net.

The crowd at Madison Square Garden were still celebrating when Domingue made a spectacular save. Positioned to the right of the Penguins goalkeeper, Mika Zibanejad was robbed of a determined goal by Domingue’s mitt, who was brisk in his movement after an off-target shot from Braden Schneider.

Jake Guentzel took advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone to equalize with a shot from the end.

In the second, Ryan Strome restored priority to the locals as he diverted Adam Fox’s point behind Domingue in the power play. Pittsburgh got a chance to equalize the odds shortly after, but Bryan Rust missed a breakaway.

Chris Kreider gave Rangers a two-goal lead in the second. Sidney Crosby hit the target with a kickback after a nice play to carry the puck into the enemy zone. The second period ended 3-2.

“You don’t want to be two goals down and it’s happened twice already,” said Crosby. You don’t want to make a habit of it. At the start of the third period we had some good opportunities, but we were unable to capitalize on them. †

The Penguins dominated the first part of the third period, but failed to tie the game. It took Rangers nearly six minutes to complete their first shot of the face-off.

Rangers, however, delivered a knockout blow with two early goals halfway through the assignment. Panarin was lucky when his pass bounced off a Penguins defender’s skate, giving New York a two-goal lead at 8:02. At 9:49 am Frank Vatrano scored with an accurate shot to the top right.

“The pass was for (Jacob) Trouba,” Panarin said of his goal.

Series moves to Pittsburgh for the next two matchups. The third part takes place on Saturday.


Guentzel scored his 29th playoff goal in his career, bringing Boston’s Brad Marchand into third place since 2017. Only Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point (37) and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (30) had more in that span.

Crosby’s assist on Guentzel’s first-period goal gave him 125 points to pass Sergei Fedorov (124) for eighth on the NHL roster. Crosby is one behind Jarri Kurri (127) for seventh.

Kreider played his 82nd game after the season and tied Brian Leetch for eighth in Rangers history. Kreider’s goal earned him 42 playoff points, securing Jean Ratelle 14th in franchise history.

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Domingue gives Rangers their first goal

What an effort from Crosby for his 70th in the playoffs

Vatrano from start to finish!

Carter meets Shesterkin

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