The Pittsburgh Penguins had a rough first period against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their Round One series. Not only did New York significantly outshoot them and lead 1-0, but Penguins wingers Rickard Rakell and Jake Guentzel were injured on the same sequence late in the first period. Rakell was crumpled on the wall by a high hit from defenseman Ryan Lindgren.
Rakell was nearly knocked out. Teammates Sidney Crosby and Mike Matheson had to help the woozy Rakell off the ice.
Officials appeared to signal a major penalty on Lindgren, but after review, they reduced it to just a minor penalty.
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Lindgren was called only for roughing, not for the lateness or the severity of the high hit.
The Pittsburgh Penguins did not score on the power play in the first period but had nearly 40 seconds of the man-advantage remaining.
Rangers defenseman Adam Fox may have further hurt the Pittsburgh Penguins roster when he hit Jake Guentzel in the corner. The Penguins winger remained down and grabbed at his right knee. He limped off the ice under his own power.
New York was aggressive and physical in the first period. Ryan Reaves delivered four hits, each seemingly a thundering blow.
New York won three of the four games in the regular season. They outshot the Penguins 15-10 and outhit them 19-10.
UPDATE: Guentzel returned for the start of the second period. Rakell did not.