The Pittsburgh Penguins fired 45 shots on New York Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin and even scored four goals but were never in the hockey game as the New York Rangers raced to a three-goal lead, then never led by less than two. Tristan Jarry started in net for the Penguins but lasted only 20 minutes. New York scored three power-play goals and one shortie for an 8-4 win at Madison Square Garden.
The first period should have come with a disclaimer. The following is not suitable for children under 14, pregnant women, people with back ailments, or heart conditions.
“It looks like we’re lost,” Jared McCann said. “…we need a lot more intensity, more attention to detail. Our line is giving up a lot of chances. It’s unacceptable … we’re hanging our goalies out to dry.”
The Penguins turned in one of the worst 45 shot performances of the season. Yes, they had 45 chances, and the advanced stats were well tilted toward the Penguins.
But the scoreboard and the soul of the game told a much different story.
John Marino left the game with an injury. Head coach Mike Sullivan did not have an update after the game.