New York (AP) — Artemi Panalin scored a 4:46 power play goal and the New York Rangers defeated Pittsburgh Penguin 4-3 on Sunday night to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Mika Zibanejad scored a goal and two assists, while Chris Kreider and Candre Miller also scored in New York. New York drew 3-1 in the series and achieved three consecutive victories. Andrew Copp assisted twice and Igor Sheschokin stopped 42 shots.
The Rangers played power at 2:55 when Pittsburgh’s Brock McGinn was asked to hold. In the second half of the advantage, Panalin grabbed his right puck and fired a shot from the right circle past Tristan Jarry.
When the crowd of sold-out Madison Square Garden went crazy, all Rangers players struck Panarin along the board in the left corner. New York has advanced to the second round for the first time since 2017, when it lost to Ottawa.
Next, New York will play against Carolina. The hurricane defeated the Boston Bruins in Round 7 on Saturday night.
Evan Rodriguez has goals and assists, and Jake Genzel and Danton Heinen also scored the penguins banished in the first playoff series for the fourth consecutive year. Jarry returned to the goal and scored 26 saves in his first match since April 14.
The penguins also suffered an upper body injury in the middle of Game 5 and brought back captain Sidney Crosby after missing the last game.
Tyler Motte left with a short hand in the eighth and a half minutes of Pittsburgh, but Jarry successfully saved his forehand attempt to maintain Pittsburgh’s 3-2 lead.
Jibanejad scored with a shot from the inner edge of the left circle from the pass from the cup, with 5:45 remaining, tying it to the third match in the series. It was all the last two games.
The Rangers’ Capo Bracket delayed the match, giving Genzel a 2: 1 lead, leaving 9:42 to kick the puck up on the right skate and hit the puck from the air. After the video review, the goal was upheld and Genzel became the eighth in the series.
Miller tied it for the Rangers at 1:05. He fired a shot from the top of the left circle, and the puck was deflected from the right skate of the previous penguin defense Mike Matheson, dripping past Jarry and across the goal line.
Rodriguez gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead in a short-handed breakaway, leaving 2:36 in the middle to beat Sheschokin with a backhander. It was the third in his series.
Crider gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 7:36 in the fifth goal of the series. Jibanejad received a seventh assist.
Thirty seconds later, Sheschokin splits and steals Crosby’s slap shot from the air, from a crowd of houses roaring before the “I-gor! I-gor!” Pack fell.
The penguins played extended power play later in the first period.Rangers’ Ryan Strome and Pittsburgh’s Brian Last were turned off due to roughing, and New York’s Jacob Trouba was sent off as a double minor for high sticking.
The penguins used this penguin because Heinen scored a goal at 1:09 and wasn’t credited until play stopped about 25 seconds later. From the left, Heinen plunged into the puck and raised his arm to celebrate, but play continued while Rangers defenseman Adam Fox wiped out the puck. The replay showed that it came after the puck crossed the line and gave Heinen his third in the series.
In addition to Jarry and Crosby, the penguins also brought Ricardo Raquel back. Raquel wasn’t playing because he suffered a lower body injury in Game 1. Defenders Brian Dumoulin and Brian Boyle suffered lower body injuries.
Crider achieved his 29th career goal after the season, placing Mark Messier second on the franchise list. Rod Gilbert is at the top with 34. … Crider also scored his 46th playoff point, placing Anders Hedberg in 10th place in franchise history.
Rangers have consistently improved to 10-6 in Round 7, including 8-1 at home. … The Rangers also improved to 4-0 when they forced Round 7 after dragging in Series 3-1. They previously defeated Boston in the 1939 semifinals, Pittsburgh in the second round of 2014 and Washington in the second round of 2015.
The penguins fell to 10-8 when deciding on the game. This includes Game 7 6-1 on the street. … under the direction of Mike Sullivan, they fell to 3-1 in Round 7 and finally defeated Ottawa in the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.
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