The Pittsburgh Penguins humiliated the New York Rangers with a 7-2 win Monday night and now find themselves a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.
The Penguins can beat the Rangers on Wednesday in New York.
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Sidney Crosby scored one goal and two assists to reach 200 points in the playoffs and is the sixth player to achieve that feat in National Hockey League history. The captain has 28 points in the playoffs against Rangers during his career and equals the record held by Jean Bellevue.
Igor Shesterkin surrendered six times on 30 shots before being replaced by Alexander Georgiev in the third inning, while the Pittsburgh crowd continued to taunt him, chanting “Igor!” Igor! Igor! After a painful performance.
After the match, Rangers coach Gerard Gallant gave his vote of confidence.
“He’s the best goalkeeper in the league. So I’ll send him into the fight,” Gallant said. He’s probably very frustrated. It’s a team effort and he’ll be back on the ice and he’ll be 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. No fewer than three balls deflected in front of him, but we played a soft game.”
“We didn’t play well against him. It’s not his fault at all,” striker Andrew Cope said of his goalkeeper.
Alexis Lavrinier Scored his first goal in the National Hockey League playoff By opening the scoring after only two minutes of play. At the age of 20, LaVey became the youngest Blueshirts player to score in a playoff game since Stephen Rice in 1991.
Braden Schneider managed to keep the ball in the opponent’s area before handing it to Lavrinière, who scored a good shot in the wrist at the expense of another Quebec goalkeeper, Louis Domingo.
Dominguic also signed his third playoff win of his career 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’s what matters,” Domingo 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 victory is a victory for the team, we were all over the ice. We were very good, we put pressure and we have to repeat the scenario in New York.”
The Penguins equalized when Captain Sidney Crosby cleared the ball past the goalkeeper, but It took a video replay to confirm that the disc actually crossed the line Since the legs of Igor Shesterkin partially obscured the view. The Power Playing target was Crosby’s second game in the playoffs.
Chris Crieder He left the match 3 minutes after the end of the first half When he was hit with a shot near his collarbone while to Domingo’s left, he fell on the ice. He retired to the locker room before returning to the bench for a second term.
Quickly, Jeff Carter thought he made it 2-1 by coming alone in front of the net, lifting the crowd, but his shot hit the post. It was just a put off because the Penguins kept going two minutes later thanks to Mike Matheson. Jake Guentzel then made it 3-1 after just 25 seconds, helping Crosby take his 200th point.
They continued their dominance with Mark Friedman’s first goal.
The Rangers didn’t fail, though, with Adam Fox filling the gap. However, the Penguins soon found a pillow of four targets with Danton Heinen. Then Shesterkin gave for the sixth time 30 seconds before the end of the period, this time in front of CarterJason Zucker’s shot deflected.
Yevgeny Malkin complete the mark One goal in the third half. The Penguins scored at least 7 goals in two consecutive play-off matches for the first time in the club’s history.
Crosby noted: “We created good opportunities and took advantage of some of them, we have to continue that streak. We worked hard against the net. We took advantage of the distractions and returns as well.
“We still have a lot of work 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 will be a big challenge in New York.”
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