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.