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PHN Penguins Wrap-up: The Penalty Kill, Power Play, & Who Starts Game 7?

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Who will start in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7?

The Penguins had Game 6. The series was in their hand. On their stick. After the first period, they led 2-0 but again relinquished that lead. Even after relinquishing the lead, then trailing, Evgeni Malkin flashed vintage form by stealing a puck in the defensive zone for a breakaway goal. Malkin tied the game late in the second period, and the Penguins largely dominated the third.

But Louis Domingue allowed another soft goal with 1:28 remaining. The goalie blocked Chris Kreider’s long wrist-shot up into the air, behind him, and into the net. The goal doomed the Penguins, who now must play Game 7 at Madison Square Garden Sunday at 7 p.m.

After Game 6, Domingue’s save percentage is now below .900 (.898).

PHN also learned that goalie Tristan Jarry wanted to play in Game 6 but was ruled out.

That’s one primary question for the Penguins, which could be answered on Saturday at practice. The Penguins penalty kill has been little more than a speed bump for the New York Rangers power play. New York scored a pair of power-play goals in Game 6.

The Penguins PK helped New York erase another Penguins 2-0 lead. And the Penguins power play was ineffectual, including a 5v3 for over one minute that yielded zero shots.

Dan Kingerski breaks down Game 6 and the Pittsburgh Penguins significant issues for Game 7 from PPG Paints Arena.

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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.

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ric jefferies
ric jefferies
6 months ago

I believe the penguins problem goes deeper than the physical game. Time after time they’ve proven they can score and win without the top players on the ice or in the game. As I see it they lack mental stamina and play not to lose instead of playing to win every game. They seem too quick to celebrate victory when the game isn’t close to being over, rather childish. They rely on the likes of Malkin and Letang to step-up and lead them to victory but they are not leaders (time to let them go). Many good players are on… Read more »

Steve
6 months ago
Reply to  ric jefferies

I think they should play Luis Domingue
The first 30 minutes then put Jarry in.
Luis seems to break down after the first 30 minutes of play.
Just a thought or an Idea

Ethan
Ethan
6 months ago
Reply to  ric jefferies

Were you or are you a goalie and therefore ridiculously loyal to Tendys? Otherwise I can’t figure out how you could possibly be arriving at your conclusion. Sure no loss is all on goalie and penalty kill/power play has been poor to put it kindly, but Malkin played a pretty strong game, kept his cool and led by example–and easily could have had a couple nice assists as well if Marino would have just shot and Rusty could have finished (also cleared out the space for Jake on goal Rust did finish). Wishes are fishes I know–but that game was… Read more »

JICS
6 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

I don’t know how anyone thinks Malkin played a pretty strong game. He scored one goal (his one flourish). He had the puck passed to him over and over again on the Power Play and was totally useless with it, yet the players say he demands to have it.

He played a totally useless game the previous game, took selfish penalties and drew others in with him, and totally gave the game away as NYR’s Power Play kept scoring on us.

Ethan
Ethan
6 months ago
Reply to  JICS

Yeah I said the power play was poor–and has been with Sid as well lately–they seem to rely on fast passes whereas Fox floats into seams with the puck, forces tough decisions and thereby opens things up. As for the game before, 71 did take a dumb penalty (but may have been cross-checked in back of head before)–so did Jake though I’m not sure he actually did anything. But “totally useless” describes your analysis and much of the refereeing in the series, not Malkin as he had two primary assists including on the tying goal after the Guins were reeling.… Read more »

AnthonyB
AnthonyB
6 months ago

I can’t I imagine jarry not starting it might not be ideal to come back after a month off into a game 7. Also I’m sure Rakell is in as well. That leaves Crosby. Unless he is truly concussed he is in as well. They’ll have 2-3 days off or all summer afterwards. And BTW who really thought we could get to game 7 with Louie

Michael Hanczar
Michael Hanczar
6 months ago

Chances of winning game 7: with 70 10%, 35 in goal 40%, with 35 and 87 50% and with 35 and 87 and 67 60%.

Pete
Pete
6 months ago

Can you imagine Jarry winning game 7 after last year? Wow! What a story that would be. Talk about a shot at redemption!