Connect with us

Penguins

New York Stinker: Rangers Embarrass Penguins 5-1 at MSG

Published

on

Pittsburgh Penguins lose New York Rangers 5-1

The New York Rangers were lying in wait for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who played their third game in four days. It was also the Penguins’ second lackluster performance in three days as New York scored three goals in the first four minutes, and the Penguins never really mounted a challenge.

Chris Kreider (44) scored his second goal of the game on a Penguins power play midway through the second period and ended any suspense. On Friday, New York beat the Penguins 5-1 at Madison Square Garden.

Kasperi Kapanen fired a wrister from the slot for a power-play goal five minutes into the third period to avoid a shutout. Later, scorers credited Jeff Carter (15) with the goal. Late in the third period, Andrew Copp scored his first goal for the Rangers, after being acquired at the NHL trade deadline on Monday.

The Rangers trail the Penguins by one point for second place in the Metro Division and have one game in hand. The teams will play again on Tuesday at PPG Paints Arena.

The Penguins played without Evgeni Malkin, a scratch due to a non-Covid illness. Based on the morning skate, head coach Mike Sullivan would pair Malkin with newly acquired Rickard Rakell, but that union had to wait. Jeff Carter slotted as the second-line center. Defenseman Mark Friedman played sparingly, but at forward because the Penguins currently only carry 12 forwards.

The Malkin illness was a harbinger of a bad moon rising.

The New York Rangers burned the Penguins early in the first period. And burned them. And burned them again, all in the first four minutes.

Just two minutes into the game, 2020 first-overall draft pick Alexi Lafreniere (14) blew past Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to create a two-on-one and then finish the odd-man rush.

Four minutes into the game, a Penguins three-on-one became another Rangers counter-attack goal. Chris Kreider (43) got behind Ruhwedel for a breakaway goal.

And 18 seconds after Kreider scored, the Rangers scored again.

Rangers center Mika Zibanejad won a loose puck in the corner, and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin lost the passing lane and slipped into the high slot. Newly acquired Rangers winger Frank Vatrano (12) was uncovered near the net and quickly buried the open chance.

Three goals in just over four minutes. Head coach Mike Sullivan called timeout.

Despite a four-minute power play, the Penguins had only five shots in the first period.

The second period wasn’t much better for the Penguins. The Rangers had three odd-man rushes on a Penguins power play. On the third, Kreider (44) ripped a one-timer from the right-wing circle for a 4-0 Rangers lead.

Tristan Jarry got a seat, though bore little fault. Casey DeSmith relieved him.

After three saves, including a pair of outstanding stops on Grade A scoring chances, DeSmith was injured when Dumoulin backed into him. DeSmith’s head made hard contact with Dumoulin’s back, then DeSmith’s head hit the post.

After a few minutes, Jarry was back in the net.

The Pittsburgh Penguins had just 13 shots over the first two periods.

DeSmith made three saves. Jarry stopped 17 of 21 in the first 40 minutes. He made a few brilliant saves in the third period when the game opened up. Jarry made 25 saves, overall. Vezina trophy hopeful Igor Shesterkin had an easy night. He stopped all 13 shots through two periods, and 21 of 22.

Subscribe to PHN+

Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

12 Comments
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
12 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Wasnt
1 month ago

This was coaching…..maybe…. Rangers didn’t play Reaves and Sully thought Rangers would try and match a speed game…. unfortunately they hit the Pens even harder and Pens wet their pants….Jarry showed us what to expect in the playoffs and so did Desmith. Hopefully Lagace is healthy.

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
1 month ago
Reply to  Wasnt

uhm, Lagace is with the Lighting. The other Penguins goalie is Domingue…

Dave Heyl
Dave Heyl
1 month ago

No physical presence on D, so nothing changed but expecting a different result, is insanity!

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

The goaltender matchup is even more crucial in the postseason, which is why the Rangers are a horrible matchup for this team. Like Sorokin and the Islanders a year ago, Shesterkin gives them a sizable edge between the pipes. Worse yet, there is no Plan B when/if Jarry craps the bed again. BTW, the All-Star ranks 15th in GAA and 18th in save percentage league-wide this calendar year (mininum: 10 games played), which is all Murray’s fault.

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul
RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

Jarry has played like a top 5 goalie all year…he didn’t crap the bed. The pens were down one of there key players and played dumb/tired from the drop. They’ll have to do better. Period.

Mark Fisher
Mark Fisher
1 month ago

Just stopped in to see if the sky was falling.

martinstraka
martinstraka
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Fisher

Confirmed, fire everyone, trade everyone

Uros
Uros
1 month ago

No Malkin, no party.

ric jefferies
ric jefferies
1 month ago

Penguins lack intensity, they’ve grown soft, maybe the end of a great era.
there are 5 or 6 players that still have the fire in their belly, cannot blame goalies. time I think for new coach a guy like John Tortorella, ( nobody likes him but he gets the job done) In the business world he would be called a “turnaround manager” clean house of those not all-in to win. Sully has no idea how to fix the team culture.

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
1 month ago
Reply to  ric jefferies

Worked out really well for Columbus…

Sjf928
Sjf928
1 month ago

How many times in the last several years do we have to hear the “it’s just one game, every team has a bad night now and again?” This has been repeated far too often but some still feel they can flip the switch at playoff time and all will be better. The roster is not constructed for the playoffs but the blame will be put on the “hot goalie “ once again

RYAN
RYAN
1 month ago

Well if that was a test run of the “rebuilt” team after Malkin leaves…it worked about as well as one of Wile E Coyote’s schemes…

Join PHN Extra!

Join PHN+ today for exclusive content from Dan, Dave and Shelly plus a completely Google ad-free experience.

PHN+

Or enter your email below to sign-up for our mailing list.

Thank you!

Something went wrong.

No thanks. I don't want.