Pens/Rangers Game 2 Recap: NYR pulls away from Pittsburgh to tie series – PensBurgh

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The Pens hung tough for a while, but couldn’t overcome star efforts from Artemi Panarin, Igor Shesterkin and the Rangers in Game 2
The Penguins had to deal with more adversity and missing players in Game 2 against the Rangers. As expected, absent were Rickard Rakell and Casey DeSmith, who were injured in the first game. Brian Dumoulin joined them, despite taking practice yesterday, with a lower body injury that forced him to miss his first ever NHL playoff game. It also wasn’t time for Jason Zucker to return.
With that depleted lineup and on the road against a quality New York team, it felt like an uphill battle from the get-go. That hill got a little steeper when the Rangers opened the scoring 6:10 into the first period. With the whole Pens team entranced by Artemi Panarin, the skilled winger dished the puck over for Andrew Copp to hammer home and open the scoring.
Another day, another goal for Andrew
Pittsburgh would show the resilience that has set the tone of the series, and responded just two minutes later. Jake Guentzel drove to the net and followed up with a puck that floated down. Due to the puck coming from mid-air to the ice, it looked like Guentzel might have fanned a little, but that delayed shot worked to his advantage and helped the puck slide on in the net and tie the game at 1-1.
It’s the 1st period in Game 2 and Jake Guentzel already has three goals in the series.
Early in the second period, the problematic Penguin penalty kill bit Pittsburgh again. After almost surviving an entire two minutes to a minor call on John Marino, Adam Fox fired a shot that Ryan Strome deflected in front of the net to put the Rangers back in front at 2-1.
Later in the second the Rangers used a play out of that same playbook to extend the lead to 3-1. This time it was an outside shot from Frank Vatrano, after New York had the Pens pinned in their end for a while. Chris Kreider used his skills to put a tip on this effort which again left Louis Domingue without much of a hope to stop the puck.
Down two, the Pens didn’t go away. Late in the third, captain Sidney Crosby bulled up the ice and surrounded by defenders wouldn’t be denied. Bryan Rust followed up Crosby’s efforts with a shot and that rebound was put to the back of the net by the Pens’ leader to give them some hope and close the deficit to 3-2 after 40 minutes.
After a Pittsburgh push to open the third period, it would be Panarin who was next to score. He skated around Kris Letang and towards behind the net and flipped the
Another look at Panarin’s goal
Just 1:47 later, the Rangers broke the game open. Vatrano skated around Mike Matheson and then ripped a shot far-side on Domingue to up the score to 5-2.
The Pens would press on, pulling Domingue with about five minutes left and somehow not surrendering a goal against.
Igor Shesterkin leaned his left leg out into Jeff Carter, for unknown reasons, attempts a triple salchow on the way down and laid on the ice like he was dead, apparently not getting enough attention or drama. Then 10 seconds later he was OK.
Igor down but back in net after this collision with Carts
Time runs out after this mess and the series is even at 1-1 heading back to Pittsburgh on Saturday night.
The Pens head back to Pittsburgh, the series is 1-1, but compared to they were from entering New York a few days ago, it’s debatable if they’re in a position to capitalize on it. But, this time of year, the only way out is through. And the only way through is to get ready and go right back at it again on Saturday night.