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Penn chased down Shesterkin again, beat Rangers 7-2 to lead 3-1

PITTSBURGH ( Associated Press) — Sidney Crosby had one goal and three assists to become the sixth player in NHL history to reach 200 career playoff points and lead 3-1 as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 7-2 on Monday night. Took it their Eastern Conference first round series.

Jake Guenzel scored for the fourth game in a row, and Jeff Carter, Denton Heinen, Mark Friedman and Mike Matheson also defeated Igor Shesterkin as the Penguins chased down the Vezina Trophy favorites for the second time in three days as a post-season advance. Followed to advance within the game. For the first time since 2018.

Shesterkin, who dazzled with 118 saves in the first two games of the series at Madison Square Garden, crashed out of the third round after conceding six goals for 30 shots. Alexander Georgiev allowed Evgeny Malkin’s second goal of the playoffs in third and could find himself a starter when the series returns to New York for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Alexis Lafrenier picked up his first career postseason goal for Rangers to give New York an early lead, but it didn’t come close to the catch. Adam Fox’s second playoff dragged New York to within two late in the second period, but Pittsburgh responded by pumping in two more past Shesterkin, as the sold-out crowd at the PPG Paints Arena hit the goalkeeper with chants of “IIIIIIIIIGORRRR”. gibe.

Shesterkin, who limited the Penguins to four goals in four games during the regular season, surrendered a total of twice in three periods as the Rangers at Pittsburgh – who entered the series as a favorite – confined to the pinnacle of a quick exit.

While Shesterkin has struggled, Pittsburgh third-stringer Louis Domingue is closer to local cult hero status when filling in for injured All-Star Tristan Jerry. Domingue made 22 saves to win his third game of the series. Not bad for the 30-year-old who made his playoff debut after spending most of the last three seasons in the minors.

Jerry, who is recovering from a broken leg, is skating and faces shots during the Monday morning alternate skate. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan hinted last week that Jerry could return if the series lasted longer.

Surprisingly, it cannot be. And not in the way most imagined when the Rangers took three out of four from Pittsburgh during the regular season. The Penguins were a .500 team for most of March and throughout April.

May, however, has been different. The crisp, relentless pressure that defined Pittsburgh’s back-to-back Stanley Cups a half-decade ago is back, with a familiar face leading the way.

Crosby also pulled off Pittsburgh in 11:17 with his first power-play playoff goal since 2018, jamming the puck under Shesterkin’s left pad and above the goal line. The puck disappeared as Crosby slapped him, forcing the referee to take a look at the sequence on replays.

The camera caught New York coach Gerard Gallant calling “it’s a goal” during the review. Gallant was right. And whatever speed the Rangers had, it quickly disappeared.

Matheson began Pittsburgh’s second period attack with a shot that skated off Rangers forward Frank Vatrano, and Shesterkin deflected 3:14 in the second. A fifth goal of the playoffs, 22 seconds after Gentzell, leveled it 3–1.

Defenseman Mark Friedman, of 41 career NHL games, scored his first career playoff goal in 11:22 in the second. Fox’s goal appeared to have given New York life in less than three minutes.

It didn’t last long. Heinen – who netted the winner in Game 3 – removed one with 1:07 by Shesterkin to go into second and Carter’s redirect 39 seconds later pushed the advantage to 6-2 and the end of Shesterkin’s night. indicated. re.

Notes: The win was Sullivan’s 44th playoff win, breaking a tie with former Penguins coach Dan Bilesma for the most post-season wins in franchise history. … Pittsburgh played without injuries F Ricard Raquel and D’Brien Dumoulin (lower body injury). … Crosby’s 200 playoff points is one behind Jaromir Jagger, fifth all-time. Wayne Gretzky tops the list with 395.

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