The Pittsburgh Penguins lead their best-of-seven Round One series against the New York Rangers 2-1. Game 3 was like a car wreck in slow motion as the Penguins raced to a 4-1 lead in the first period but gave it all back, mistake by mistake. Just when it appeared all hope was lost and the Penguins’ summer was approaching, they dominated the New York Rangers in the third period.
Dan Kingerski broke it down in-depth, including player grades in the PHN+ Report Card.
Dave Molinari did the blow-by-blow roller coaster Penguins Game 3 recap.
Evan Rodrigues had two goals and three points. Mike Matheson had three assists. But the game got away from the Penguins in the second period.
“It was a great start for us. We let our foot off the gas there in the second, but we came back in the third. We got back to playing the way we started the game. And, you know, it was a big win for us,” Rodrigues said.
In the first period, the Penguins outshot the Rangers 15-10 and led 4-1. The Rangers pulled goalie Igor Shesterkin after the period. And the Penguins’ mistakes began to mount, including an ugly sequence late in the period in which Kris Letang turned the puck over on the power play, and New York forward Andrew Copp scored another shorthanded goal. New York outshot the Penguins 17-7 in the second period and the Penguins.
Evgeni Malkin’s forecheck created a loose puck, and Danton Heinen quickly snapped the loose puck past Alexander Georgiev for the game-winner.
The good, the really bad, and the victorious. Watch as Kingerski delivers a game breakdown from PPG Paints Arena, including the players who rose to the challenge, such as Louis Domingue, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who must improve in Game 4.