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Pittsburgh Penguins Game 6, New York Rangers

Evgeni Malkin, you’re up. Since Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan ruled out Sidney Crosby and Tristan Jarry for Game 6, the Penguins’ second-line center will lead the team in an elimination game against the New York Rangers.

The Penguins lead New York 3-2 and will advance to Round Two for the first time since 2018 with a win.

It’s could also be history repeating itself. In 1992, Rangers forward Adam Graves intentionally injured Mario Lemieux with a two-handed slash, breaking Lemieux’s wrist. Those Penguins leaned on Ron Francis as the top center to beat the Rangers.

Sidney Crosby left Game 5 after what appeared to be an elbow to his head from New York defenseman Jacob Trouba. The NHL declined to punish Trouba, and Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan would say only that Crosby was being evaluated for an upper-body injury on Thursday when the team returned from New York.

That’s the kind version. PHN scribe Dave Molinari took a more blunt tone: Want to take a whack at Sidney Crosby’s head? Take a number.

On Friday, Malkin will lead the Penguins against the Rangers, just as Francis did in ’92.

Crosby skated early Friday morning before the morning skate, but

The Penguins will need a strong effort from Malkin, who historically shines in Crosby’s absence, including the 2011 Hart Trophy. Malkin has a pair of goals in the series, including the dramatic Game 1 winner in triple OT, but he also lost his composure in the third with a few cross-checks and undisciplined play.

The Penguins largely controlled play, aside from three minutes following Trouba’s headshot on Crosby when the New York Rangers scored three goals.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that New York should feel pretty good about escaping a wild game, having Trouba in the lineup, and gain confidence from beating the Penguins. It might have been the confidence boost the young team needs.

Game 6 should be interesting on several levels.

Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry took part in the morning skate as a full participant. However, he will not play. Sullivan said that Jarry would play when doctors, coaches, and player are comfortable. PHN was told that Jarry badly wanted to play.

Sullivan said Crosby skated on Friday morning and will not play. Rickard Rakell participated in the morning skate but didn’t participate in line rushes. He is a game-time decision.

Louis Domingue will start for the Penguins. Igor Shesterkin will go for the Rangers.

Expected Pittsburgh Penguins Lines

LWCRW
Jake GuentzelSidney CrosbyBryan Rust
Rickard RakellEvgeni MalkinKasperi Kapanen
Jason ZuckerJeff CarterDanton Heinen
Brock McGinnTeddy BluegerEvan Rodrigues
LDRD
Mike MathesonKris Letang
Marcus PetterssonJohn Marino
Mark FriedmanChad Ruhwedel
Goalie
Tristan Jarry
Louis Domingue

New York Rangers Expected Lines per PuckPedia.com:

Kreider-Zbinejad-Vatrano

Panarin-Strome-Copp

Lafreniere-Chytil-Kakko

Goodrow-Rooney-Reaves

Defense:

Lindgren-Fox

Miller-Trouba

Nemeth-Schneider

Goalie:

Igor Shesterkin

How to Watch:

TV: AT&T SportsNet, TNT, Sportsnet, TVA; Radio: 105.9 The X

Pittsburgh Penguins Game Notes:

*The Penguins are 9-8 in games where they can clinch a series under head coach Mike Sullivan.

*The Penguins are 20-11 all-time under head coach Mike Sullivan in the playoffs following a loss (7-1 in 2016; 7-2 in 2017; 3-2 in 2018; 0-3 in 2019; 1-1 in 2020; 1-2 in 2021; 1-0 in 2022)

*Jake Guentzel scored for the fifth-straight game on Monday and is the first player in franchise history to score at least one goal in each of the Penguins’ first five games from the start of a postseason. A goal tonight would give him the third-longest goal streak (tied) in franchise playoff history (Mario Lemieux scored in seven straight playoff games twice. He also scored in six straight games once). 

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Uros
Uros
3 days ago

I’ll be much more relaxed when this thing is over in a couple of hours. I’ll enjoy the handshake line more than usual tonight. I had the Pens in 5, but things happend. I’m OK with 6. Let’s go Pens.

RYAN
RYAN
3 days ago
Reply to  Uros

You’re the only one on earth that “had” penguins in 5. Like…for realz.
But…they certainly can win the game. Have to swarm them/empty the tank. Don’t want a game 7.

Uros
Uros
3 days ago
Reply to  RYAN

I don’t believe I was the only one in the world. It was an unbiased guess after watching both teams closely and counting at least on CDS and thinking Rakell and Dumo would play. The way things went I’d be crazy to say Pens in 5, but things never go the way you expect them to go. Personally, although I believe he was better than I was expecting from a third string goalie, no way I would say that a team with Domingue as a starter would go anywhere except some site or agency to book an early holiday.

Pete
Pete
3 days ago

What am I missing? Why D OC over Zahorna?

RYAN
RYAN
3 days ago

Goodrow is out with a broken foot. It’s why I never believe gambling bot sites.

PensPatty
PensPatty
3 days ago

Pens need to finish this tonight…Hockey Gods should be with us….dirty plays should not be rewarded…

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