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Rangers fall in Pittsburgh 5-1

First Period:

  • Mika Zibanejad (3) Assists:  Pavel Buchnevich (12),  Jacob Trouba (4)
  • John Marino (1) Assists: Evan Rodrigues (1), Kasperi Kapanen (9)
  • Kasperi Kapanen (6) Assists: Evgeni Malkin (12), Jared McCann (5)
  • Sidney Crosby (8) Assists: Brian Dumoulin (2), Kris Letang (12)

Second Period:

Third Period:

  • Evgeni Malkin (6) Assists: Marcus Pettersson (1), Kasperi Kapanen (10)
  • Zach Aston-Reese (5) Assists: Teddy Blueger (9), Brandon Tanev (5)


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Adam Rotter:

  • The winning streak ends at three and for the second straight day and second straight game the Rangers gave up multiple goals within a minute. Against the Devils on Saturday the Rangers answered quickly and went on to beat the Devils. Tonight, though, the Rangers had a few chances after Pittsburgh made it 3-1, but they never had a real push and deserved their fate. The Penguins took advantage of the chances they had and won the game.
  • It was clear, when David Quinn didn’t immediately name Alex Georgiev the starter for tonight after last night’s game, that there were reservations about Georgiev starting back to back games. Those reservations were warranted as Georgiev looked off and couldn’t make the save that might have stopped the Penguin barrage. Breakaways have seemed to be a problem for Georgiev and the Pens took advantage of that. Keith Kinkaid played pretty well in relief and if Igor Shesterkin is going to miss more time, which may not be the case, Kinkaid could get a start.
  • Mika Zibanejad beat a goalie for the first time since the second game of the season. The hope is obviously that actually beating a goalie will get him going, but like the Rangers as a whole, when he seems to take a step forward, it’s quickly followed by a step back.
  • Filip Chytil returned during the week, Kaapo Kakko returned yesterday and Jacob Trouba today. Igor Shesterkin could be back on Tuesday, or soon after, and then the only player left is Artemi Panarin. Tomorrow is two weeks since he took his leave and there is still no timetable for his return. Maybe he returns next Monday against Philly when the Rangers return to MSG.
  • So after three games where the Rangers found ways to win and beat the teams they should beat, they drop the first of this stretch against teams ahead of them. I’d expect the Rangers to bounce back, as they have already multiple times this season, on Tuesday.