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PHN Penguins Postgame: Shesterkin Collapse, Crosby Pushes Pens to 3-1 Lead

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Igor Shesterkin will get at least one more crack at the Pittsburgh Penguins. The New York Rangers goalie has wilted, just as the Penguins have flourished. The Penguins lead the series 3-1 with a chance to end it in New York on Wednesday night.

The Penguins’ strong Game 3 third period carried over to Game 4, and they dominated the Rangers in the third period again in Game 4. The Penguins outshot the Rangers 11-5 in the third.

After the game, New York coach Gerard Gallant announced he would start Shesterkin in Game 5, despite the goalie leaking six goals on 30 shots in Game 4. Shesterkin played 40 minutes in Game 4 and just 20 minutes before getting pulled in Game 3.

It’s easily the worst stretch of the season for Shesterkin.

Overall, the Penguins fired 41 shots on the Rangers. It was the third time this series the Penguins have surpassed 40 shots in 60 minutes.

PHN Editor-in-Chief Dan Kingerski breaks down the Penguins’ win, Evgeni Malkin and Danton Heinen’s aggressive play, and Jeff Carter’s turnaround.

Everything came up aces for the Penguins. Sidney Crosby had his sixth-straight multi-point playoff game against New York. Dan said, “Crosby and Jake Guentzel are next-level good right now.”

Dan also had praise for Malkin and Jeff Carter after criticizing their recent performances in the series. The Pittsburgh Penguins practice on Tuesday before taking off for New York, where a date with Round Two awaits.

Get the analysis and find out what color glitter case Dan bought for Dave Molinari’s new company phone.

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[…] Pittsburgh Penguins took it to the Rangers, that’s […]

Marc Badger
Marc Badger
8 days ago

Loving the smirk for the Pg thumbnail hahaha LETS GO PENS!

Crosby32746@yahoo.com
Crosby32746@yahoo.com
8 days ago

Where’s Dave??? Love to hear his postgame thoughts!

Dan Kingerski
Admin
7 days ago

Dave wrote the Shesterkin story and I did the video. Then we got an early jump to NYC… We tried a facebook video and youtube video in the car but the 5g in central PA let us down…

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[…] The Pittsburgh Penguins humiliated the New York Rangers 7-2 in Game 4 and now have a commanding 3-1 series lead over the […]

ric jefferies
ric jefferies
8 days ago

The question in the back of my mind is do the pens (Sully) KNOW what they’re doing right and HOW to repeat it? Some really beautiful goals and organized defense.

Katz is Dumb
Katz is Dumb
8 days ago
Reply to  ric jefferies

They are playing a simplified game. This team needs injuries to key players to force them to play simple. The loss of both goalies, Dumolin, and Rakell was the adversity this team needed.

Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly
8 days ago
Reply to  Katz is Dumb

True and true. When the Pens play hard and gritty, good things tend to happen. When they try to play pretty and make beautiful stretch passes and fancy it up, bad things often happen. Gritty is better than Pretty. Really, everything comes off of the forecheck (and back checking pressure). Pens play best (if uglier) when they are hard on the puck. Given their talent level, it must be hard not to play Globetrotter-style. But that’s the type of open and loose play that gets them in trouble. Being given the added defensive responsibilities in front of Louie is keeping… Read more »

Jstripsky
Jstripsky
8 days ago

Do you think the loss of the starting and backup goalie has everyone on the team playing better defensive hockey? I sure hope the style of play doesn’t change when Jarry returns.

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