Malkin scores winner in crushing Game 1 loss to New York Rangers in triple OT

It took three overtime periods to determine a winner, but in the end Game 1 between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins went to the visitors.

Evgeni Malkin deflected a point shot 5:58 into overtime to clinch the series opener against Rangers, 4-3. Pittsburgh pulled the puck out from behind the Rangers net and eventually moved the puck to the point for John Marino.

The shot just caught Malkin’s stick and went by New York Rangers starter Igor Shesterkin, who had an impressive 79-save performance in his first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance. The loss put the Rangers behind in their first-round series with the Penguins 0-1.

“Good game. Great game between two teams,” New York head coach Gerard Gallant said. “I thought the first 25 minutes we were really good and dominated that part of the game. Then they came back in the second and they played really well afterwards too. It’s one of those games and obviously three overtime periods, it’s hard to lose like that, but we get back on the horse and prepare for the next game .

Tuesday’s epic three-overtime market is the first time since the 2012 playoffs that the blueshirts have played three overtime periods to decide a winner. They beat the Washington Capitals that season 3-2 in triple OT in Game 3 of the second round.

It was also the first game in triple overtime at Madison Square Garden, which on Tuesday hosted its first NHL postseason game in five years since April 29, 1971.

“I think we fought hard, we did a lot of good things. Obviously, in triple overtime, anything can happen,” said Ryan Strome. “They got the first one, but I think we’re pretty confident for Game 2. It’ll be fun.”

New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) covers the puck in front of Pittsburgh Penguins center Evan Rodrigues (9) and defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) during the first period of Game 1 of the first round of 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta – USA TODAY Sports

Shesterkin held on in one of the toughest games of his young NHL career. The 79 save effort set a new franchise record and placed him among a shortlist of players to record such a high number of saves.

He became just the eighth goaltender in NHL history to make 65+ saves in a playoff game and surpassed Gump Worsley for the franchise record for most saves in a game. eliminatory.

“I mean he made about 80 saves or whatever, so obviously he was good,” Strome said of Shesterkin. “I mean he’s done it all year. He’s our best player and he showed it tonight. He did everything he had to do and we couldn’t get one for him.

The New York Rangers opened the scoring 20 seconds into their first power play of the game. Fox shot from the point that slammed its way through traffic and passed Casey DeSmith, starting Pittsburgh Penguins. The goal was Fox’s first career playoff goal and continued the Rangers’ success on the regular season man advantage.

New York gave themselves a 2-0 advantage 3:08 into the second period when Copp finished a pass from Ryan Strome. The Pittsburgh Penguins fought back less than two minutes later when Jake Guentzel scored on the doorstep.

Sidney Crosby made a nice cross pass to Guentzel, who tapped the puck under Shesterkin’s leg to cut Rangers’ lead to one.

The pair teamed up again at 11:47 of the period to tie the game at two when Crosby again delivered a stellar pass down the ice to Guentzel, who buried the breakaway in front of Shesterkin’s glove.

Rangers regained the lead late in the second period when Kreider and Zibanejad combined to score an impressive shorthanded goal. The blueshirts managed to earn a faceoff in their end and Zibanejad came out of the box and into the Penguins end.

He managed to move the puck to Kreider, who passed the puck past DeSmith. The goal sent the garden into a frenzy.

However, the excitement was short-lived after the Rangers were booked for an interference call on Jacob Trouba, setting up Pittsburgh for a five-on-three advantage. The Penguins quickly took advantage by executing a precise passing game that ended with Rust scoring from the side of the net.

It looked like Rangers had taken a late lead when Kaapo Kakko headed for the net and tangled with DeSmith, but managed to move the puck to Filip Chytil. The young blue shirt managed to put the puck in the open net. However, the play was disputed and ultimately called off after it was ruled that the Pittsburgh goaltender had been hobbled.

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The already physical affair took on an even more crunchy tone at the end of the first period when Ryan Lindgren delivered a hard blow to Rickard Rakell who sent him on the ice. The hit led to a scrimmage and eventually the officials called Lindgren for a five-minute major.

After the referees watched the play, he was downgraded to a roughing penalty. Rakell did not return for the remainder of the match.

The New York Rangers suffered their own possible injury with Lingren, who was in and out of the game. Gallant said he was at the lower body and hoped to have more information on Wednesday.

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