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It has been half a decade since the Rangers were in the playoffs, and their first game back in the hunt for the Stanley Cup is an immediate reminder of why hockey is behind The hockey season was so hard and, for the team to fall, passionate.
The Rangers were that team on Tuesday when they lost three overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, in a game that set a lot of playoff record. After three hours of hockey hockey in three seasons and the first two overtimes, Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins deflected a shot from point by teammate John Marino past Igor Shesterkin, the Rangers goaltender, 5 minutes and 58 seconds in the third overtime to end. the longest open game of the playoff series since 1939.
“It was a playoff game against one of our opponents,” said the Penguins left Bryan Rust, who had a goal and two assists. “We knew it was going to be a good game, fast, hard and that was what we got.”
The game – the longest played in the current Madison Square Garden, which opened in 1968 – specializes in everything: energy goals, short goals, goals Recovering from tests, shots hitting the target, athletes limping off the ice with injuries occurring, and near memory after near memory after near memory.
Rangers and Penguins together for 151 shots on target. Shesterkin, who is the all-time leading goalscorer in goal defense during the regular season, stopped 79 shots, second most in the playoff game.
Shesterkin fell short of all-time record holdings in the game, set in 2020 by Joonas Korpisalo of the Columbus Blue Jackets, resulting in an 85 save in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. That game was also the first game of the first-piece series. Shesterkin is the eight athletes in NHL history and the first Ranger to make more than 70 saves in the game.
In return, there was a lot of forgetfulness that could send the fans home sooner than 11:48 pm, when Malkin scored the winner. The biggest time came with just three minutes left in stoppage time, when the Rangers appeared to score the next goal.
Rangers wing Kaapo Kakko challenged for the goal while Pittsburgh defender Brian Dumoulin followed. Dumoulin appear to push or lean of Kakko returns when he crashes into Penguin’s goaltender Casey DeSmith. Kakko slips over the net, tipped the puck to his teammate, Filip Chytil, who shoots him into the net unprotected.
But the Penguins scored a goal, and after reviewing the video, the referee ruled that Kakko was not pushed and thus interfered with Smith and the goal by the board.
“It’s our game over time, so you can look back on a lot of games,” Rangers center Ryan Strome said later. “It was a 4-3 game, but they got an important goal.”
The Rangers were younger and no more experienced than the Penguins. Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad were the only players left from the final team until the fall of 2017. Shesterkin had a great season but played in one of the next games.
The Penguins, by contrast, have completed the race for 16 consecutive years. The triumvirate of Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and Malkin played nearly 500 playoff games, all with Pittsburgh, and won three Stanley Cups together.
The Rangers – the sixth-youngest team in the league – came out like a hungry team in the first half, shifting their weight and getting pucks faster than the Penguins, who have four seniors.
Rangers defender Adam Fox started the scoring near the middle of the hour as he crossed Zibanejad and shot the wrist from near the blue line that crossed DeSmith’s right shoulder.
The Rangers’ exuberance has been better in their time. With less than two minutes left in the first half, defender Ryan Lindgren was sent off two minutes later after he pushed his shoulder into the jaw of Pittsburgh winger Rickard Rakell. Rakell’s head snapped and he fell into the ice and had to be helped out. Lindgren started the five-minute penalty which was reduced to two small minutes.
In the second half, the Rangers picked up where they left off. Just over three minutes into the match, Strome skated behind the net and allowed a pass to Andrew Copp, who buried a shot from close range while sliding to the net at one knee.
But just as the Rangers appeared to be comfortable, the Penguins found their feet. Less than 90 seconds later Crosby passed the puck in front of the net, where Jake Guentzel, the team’s first goal-scorer, introduced him into the net.
Seven minutes later, Crosby after he cut through the top of the unguarded area again saw Guentzel. Shesterkin barely had time to respond.
Rangers regained the lead after Patrik Nemeth was sent off for his second penalty in the game. During Pittsburgh power play, Zibanejad took the puck in the face off, against his iceberg and saw Kreider race left. False kreider DeSmith also scored on the back for a short goal.
Before Nemeth could return from the penalty box, however, Rangers defender Jacob Trouba was sent off as well. In two men, the Rangers almost burned Nemeth’s punishment. But Malkin passes to Letang who tipped the puck to Rust to tie the score at three goals each.
The Penguins attack Rangers 25-8 in the second period.
No team scores in the third or first time again, and there are no penalties. As the game wore on, the players slowed down into their seats, their crossings did not seem as tight and they crashed several times.
In the middle of the second operation, DeSmith got off the ice and went into the locker room during the operation. He was replaced by Louis Domingue, who has played just two games this season. He stopped all 17 shots he encountered.
After the game, Domingue said that he had eaten a meal of spicy pork and broccoli at the first and second intermission. “Not the best,” he said. “I do not think going in.”
Their jackets and skates were wet with sweat, the players seemed heavy. Guentzel said he and his friends ate bananas and energy bars at the time.
“I’m very excited,” he told Sportsnet before heading into the locker room after the game.
He and the Penguins lack confidence, and help, after Malkin finds the net with the winner.