NHL Playoffs: Pittsburgh 1 win in next round; 200 series points for Sidney Crosby

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The Pittsburgh Penguins humiliated the New York Rangers by winning 7-2 on Monday night and are now leading 3-1 in their first-round series.

The Penguins could beat the Rangers in New York on Wednesday.

Crosby and the Hungry Penguins

Sidney Crosby had 1 goal and 2 assists to reach 200 points in the playoffs and is the sixth player to achieve this feat in NHL history. The captain has 28 points in the play-offs against the Rangers during his career, equaling the record of Jean Béliveau.

Igor Shesterkin gave up six times on 30 shots before being replaced by Alexandar Georgiev in the third period as the Pittsburgh crowd continued to mock him and shout “Igor!” called out. Igor! Igor! after a painful performance.

After the game, Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant gave his Vezina Trophy favorite a statement of confidence.

“He’s the best goalkeeper in the league. So I’m sending him into the fray,” Gallant said. He’s probably very frustrated. It’s a team effort and he’ll be back on the ice and ready to win the next game. all the confidence in the world in him. I am more disappointed in our team than in him. At least three pucks were diverted in front of him, but we were just playing a soft game.”

“We didn’t play very well for him. It’s not his fault at all,” attacker Andrew Copp said of his goalkeeper.

Alexis Lafrenière scored his first NHL playoff goal of his career by opening the scoring after just 2 minutes of play. At 20, 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 opposing team just before handing it to Lafrenière, who scored with a good accurate wrist shot at the expense of another Quebecer, goalkeeper Louis Domingue.

Domingue also signed his third playoff win of his career after 22 saves, replacing No. 1 Casey DeSmith.

“You just have to persevere. It is a matter of determination and passion. No matter what people say, if you believe in yourself, that’s what matters,” Domingue said of his unexpected journey.

“Playing was not 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 repeat the script in New York. †

The Penguins tied the game when captain Sidney Crosby deflected the puck behind the goalkeeper, but a video display was needed to confirm the puck had indeed crossed the line as Igor Shesterkin’s path partially obscured the puck. The power play goal was Crosby’s second of the playoffs.

Chris Kreider left the game 3 minutes before the end of the first period when he was hit by a shot to the collarbone as he was placed to Domingue’s left and fell onto the ice. He retired to the locker room before returning to the bench for the second period.

Before long, Jeff Carter thought he’d made it 2-1 by just getting in front of the net and pushing the crowd, but his shot preferred to hit the post. It was only a reprieve as the Penguins took the lead 2 minutes later thanks to Mike Matheson. Then Jake Guentzel made it 3-1 just 25 seconds later, with Crosby helping for his 200th point.

They continue their dominance with Mark Friedman’s first playoff goal.

Rangers were not disappointed though, with Adam Fox closing the gap. Only the Penguins soon found a cushion of four goals with that of Danton Heinen. Then, Shesterkin conceded a sixth time 30 seconds before the end of the period, this time to Carter, who blocked Jason Zucker’s shot.

Evgeni Malkin completed the score 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’ve generated good opportunities and cashed in on some of them, we need to continue on this line,” Crosby said. We’ve worked hard for the net; we also took advantage of deviations and returns.

“We still have a lot of work to do. They (the 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. †

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