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Rangers lose to Pens 5-4 in OT

First Period:

  • Jason Zucker (2) Assists: Pierre-Olivier Joseph (2), Kasperi Kapanen (3)
  • Brendan Lemieux (1) Assists: Ryan Lindgren (1), Phillip Di Giuseppe (5)
  • Brandon Tanev (3) Assists: Pierre-Olivier Joseph (3), Teddy Blueger (4)

Second Period:

  • Kevin Rooney (1) (Shorthanded) Assists: Ryan Strome (1), K’Andre Miller (2)
  • Kasperi Kapanen (2) Assists: Evgeni Malkin (3)
  • Chris Kreider (3) Assists: Jacob Trouba (2), K’Andre Miller (3)
  • Artemi Panarin (4) (Power Play) Assists: Tony DeAngelo (1), Pavel Buchnevich (5)

Third Period:


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  • Jake Guentzel (3) Assists: John Marino (1), Cody Ceci (2)

Overtime:

  • Sidney Crosby

Colin Blackwell suffered an upper body injury in the first period and did not return.


Stats:

Adam Rotter:

  • You can put this, like the other two games against Pitt this year, as games where the Rangers were really good, for the most part, but can’t hold a lead heading into the third and ultimately lose. For 40 minutes the Rangers were playing good enough to win, battling back each time the Pens took the lead, but Pitt took it to them in the third, tied it and controlled OT, leading to them getting two points and the Rangers only getting one.
  • The Rangers were not as tight defensively as they were on Thursday against Buffalo, but they were up 26-19 in shots heading into the third and then Pitt took it to them and had 16 shots in the third compared to the Rangers 7.
  • This was the best Chris Kreider has been all season, which is nice, but he has to stop taking offensive zone penalties. They should have not only been going into the third with the lead, but with 1:53 of a PP, but Kreider was called for cross-checking and it was 4 on 4 instead. That isn’t the reason why the Rangers lost, but with how the PP was moving around and how they scored in the third, a PP with clean ice to start the third would have been a nice advantage.
  • I understand why David Quinn and the Rangers want to alternate their goalies from game to game, but I felt like Igor Shesterkin should have been able to build off the win on Thursday. Alex Georgiev made some nice saves tonight, but he should have stopped the OT winner and maybe one or two others. Shesterkin will go on Monday and if he wins and plays well, I hope he goes in the one that follows.
  • With Jack Johnson, who shouldn’t play anyway, hurt and Brendan Smith benched tonight, we have to see Libor Hajek, or Anthony Bitetto, on Monday.  There is just no reason not to play either of them, but especially Hajek.
  • K’Andre Miller continues to impress me with his play at both ends of the ice. He just looks so comfortable with the puck, without it, defending and being physical.
  • So it’s another game where the Rangers played a good 30-40 minutes, but their struggles in the third today did them in. They turned too many pucks over, were second to pucks and came out on the losing end…again. Hopefully they are a tighter team on Monday and can get back to winning.