NEW YORK — Evgeni Malkin scored on a deflection 5:58 into the third time beyond regulation, giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers in Sport 1 of their first-round playoff sequence on Tuesday evening.
Jake Guentzel scored twice and Bryan Rust had a purpose and two assists for the Penguins. Sidney Crosby additionally had two assists. Casey DeSmith had 48 saves earlier than leaving the sport halfway via the second time beyond regulation. Louis Domingue, who appeared in solely two video games in the course of the common season, got here on and had 17 saves.
On the profitable purpose, Malkin was positioned in entrance of the web when he tipped an extended shot by John Marino over Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin.
“We all know we are able to win each sport if we play proper, we play sensible, we play laborious,” mentioned Malkin who additionally had an help on Rust’s tying purpose late within the second interval. “I feel we deserved to win tonight.”
Chris Kreider had a purpose and an help, and Adam Fox and Andrew Copp additionally scored for the Rangers. Mika Zibanejad had two assists. Shesterkin completed with 79 saves, second to the NHL document of 85 saves by Columbus’ Joonas Korpisalo within the 2020 playoffs.
Sport 2 of the best-of-seven sequence is Thursday evening in New York earlier than shifting to Pittsburgh for 2 video games.
Shesterkin had a pleasant stick save on Rust 7:38 into the second time beyond regulation. Rust additionally had a shot off the put up with 2:36 remaining within the interval.
“It is a playoff sport in opposition to one in all our rivals,” Rust mentioned. “We knew it was going to be , quick, hard-hitting sport, and that is what we bought.”
DeSmith left the ice throughout a stoppage in play close to the midpoint of the second time beyond regulation, showing to favor a leg at 9:18. He was changed by Domingue, who had 14 saves within the interval because the Rangers constructed a 19-17 benefit on pictures.
“You assume you’d be nervous,” Domingue mentioned. “That was simply enjoyable. … I used to be actually principally excited.”
The Rangers outshot the Penguins 12-9 within the first further interval. Guentzel had the most effective likelihood of the interval, hitting a crossbar behind Shesterkin with 2:42 remaining.
Shesterkin made a sensational save on a shot by Kasperi Kapanen, snatching the puck out of the air whereas taking place and doing a break up with 5:08 left within the third, holding it tied 3. It drew chants of “I-gor! I-gor!” from the Madison Sq. Backyard crowd.
Filip Chytil almost gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead with 3:10 left. Kaapo Kakko drove to the web, and he and Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin ran into DeSmith. Whereas falling to the ice, Kakko swept the puck again in entrance and Chytil put it in. Nevertheless, the Penguins challenged and the purpose was disallowed for goalie interference after a video assessment.
After getting outplayed within the first interval, the Penguins got here out sturdy within the second, outshooting the Rangers 17-3 over the primary 10 minutes, and 25-8 for the interval.
Nevertheless, the Rangers took benefit of one in all their possibilities as Copp bought a cross from Ryan Strome and fired a slap shot from between the circles previous DeSmith to make it 2-0 at 3:08. Copp, who had eight objectives and 10 assists in 16 video games after being acquired from Winnipeg on the commerce deadline, returned to the lineup after lacking the final two video games of the season with a lower-body damage.
Seconds after Shesterkin made a stellar cease to disclaim Kris Letang, Guentzel pulled the Penguins inside one as he tipped Crosby’s cross in entrance previous the goalie at 4:32. It was his twenty seventh profession playoff purpose in his 52 sport.
Guentzel tied it with 8:13 remaining as he bought one other cross from Crosby and beat Shesterkin from the fitting facet for his second of the evening. His sixth profession multi-goal sport within the playoffs gave him 28 objectives in 52 postseason video games.
With the Rangers skating short-handed after Patrik Nemeth was whistled for holding, Kreider put the Rangers again forward as he bought a lead cross from Zibanejad, skated in and beat DeSmith from the fitting facet with 2:53 remaining within the center interval.
The Rangers’ Jacob Trouba was then referred to as for boarding, giving the Penguins a 5-on-3 benefit for 43 seconds. With seconds remaining on the primary penalty, Rust tied it 3-all, tipping a shot by Malkin with 1:30 to go within the interval.
The Rangers outshot the Penguins 15-10 within the first interval. New York got here out bodily with 11 hits within the first 9 minutes, and completed the opening interval with a 19-10 benefit.
The Rangers bought the primary energy play of the sport when Teddy Blueger was despatched off for slashing at 8:58. They capitalized simply 21 seconds later as Fox bought a cross from Zibanead above the left circle, skated to his proper and fired a shot via visitors into the highest left nook for his first profession playoff purpose.
Malkin tied Jaromir Jagr for third place on the franchise playoff objectives checklist together with his sixty fifth. … Crosby now has 124 assists within the playoffs, passing Jagr for ninth place on the NHL’s profession checklist. … Kreider bought his twenty fourth postseason purpose, breaking a tie with Steve Vickers for the sixth place in franchise historical past.