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2022 New York Rangers Playoffs

Rangers beat Pens 5-3 and force Game 6

First Period:

  • Jake Guentzel (6) Assists: Mike Matheson (5), Bryan Rust (5)

Second Period:

  • Kris Letang (1) Assists: Evgeni Malkin (2), Jason Zucker (2)
  • Adam Fox (3) Assists: Andrew Copp (1), Ryan Strome (3)
  • Alexis Lafreniere (2) Assists: Jacob Trouba (2), Kaapo Kakko (1)
  • Jacob Trouba (1) Assists: K’Andre Miller (3), Artemi Panarin (4)
  • Jake Guentzel (7) Assists: Evgeni Malkin (3)

Third Period:


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  • Filip Chytil (1) (Power Play) Assists: Frank Vatrano (3), Alexis Lafreniere (2)
  • Ryan Lindgren (1) Unassisted

Three Stars:

  • 3: Ryan Lindgren
  • 2: Alexei Lafreniere
  • 1: Filip Chytil

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Adam Rotter:

  • They survive for another game.
  • For about 35 minutes it sure seemed like the season was ending tonight, but Adam Fox got one, Kaapo Kakko made an awesome pass to Alexei Lafreniere to tie it and Jacob Trouba and while the Pens tied it back up after Jacob Trouba put the Rangers ahead, the Rangers PP came through to put the Rangers ahead.
  • The Rangers started to play with a bit more urgency, but their turnaround also coincided with Sidney Crosby leaving the game. Unlike Game 1 when Casey DeSmith left the game, the Rangers took advantage of the Penguins losing a key, their key, player. All the sudden things seemed to open up a bit for the Rangers and they got their goals and, ultimately, the win.
  • That Kaapo Kakko to Alexei Lafreniere connection is one that I hope we are seeing for the next 15 or so playoffs. Those two and Filip Chytil have been the Rangers best and most consistent forward group this whole series. I had hoped that the three of them would be a potential match up problem if they found chemistry but I didn’t expect them to be the Rangers best. Filip Chytil seems like he finally found the next level that we waited all season for him to reach.
  • Those three were so good that they should have been the ones to start the power plays that the Rangers kept getting in the third.
  • I just keep waiting and hoping for the Rangers top-six forwards to start producing and break out. They had those chances on the PP in the third period, but they look disjointed. Had the Rangers lost tonight one of the bigger stories was going to be the lack of production from the top forwards and if they go scoreless and the Rangers lose on Friday then it will be a story then, but they have another chance to step up, contribute and force Game 7.
  • Ryan Lindgren was a monster and it was so deserving that he get the empty netter. He’s been out with a lower-body injury, possibly from blocking a shot, and he goes right out on the PK in the first couple of minutes and blocks a shot. I don’t know if he needs to spend the next 44 hours or so in an ice bath to keep him ready for Game 6, but he showed how much he means for the Rangers.
  • Igor Shesterkin was good in net and definitely bounced back from those two outings in Pittsburgh. I thought that maybe he could have stopped the Pens third goal, but he was solid in the third to keep the Rangers in front and get the win.
  • They still didn’t make it hard enough for Louis Domingue in the first 35 minutes, but they ultimately got pucks by him. The Rangers can still do a lot more to put pressure on him and they also need to do a better job of finding a way to break through the Penguins structure. Before Fox scored it seemed like the Rangers were going to go down having played better than they did in Game 4, but without making it tough for the Penguins. They got it done and in the position they were in it doesn’t matter how they did it, just that they did, but I feel like they still need to find ways to get in on the forecheck and pressure Domingue.
  • All tonight’s win does is guarantee that the Rangers get to play another game. The odds are still against them completing this comeback, but those odds will start to shift a bit in their favor if Sidney Crosby misses Game 6. They obviously need Igor Shesterkin to be their backbone, but the Pens without Crosby definitely gives the Rangers a much better chance at forcing Game 7.
  • The Rangers season is on the line, once again, on Friday for Game 6. It will be the perfect time for Mika Zibanejad to break out and start scoring.