The Rangers lived through one-goal leads and one-goal games at the beginning of the season and died.
Sidney Crosby delivered the dagger in extra time to give the penguins to the Rangers (5 -4) in the garden.
Crosby’s winner, 2:27 in extra time, came at the end of a long shift for Tony DeAngelo, Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad, who looked exhausted after two minutes on the ice (DeAngelo just shy). while the Penguins made several line changes.
But the Rangers lost the game in the third period, which they started 4-3 ahead after returning from three separate one-goal deficits. The Penguins tipped the ice during the last 20 minutes of regulation, which resulted in the Rangers having a one-goal lead in the third period for the fourth time in the last five games.
« It looked like a lot of fun for them in the third period, « said a visibly frustrated Chris Kreider.
» It’s a recurring thing at this point. We’ve shown what we can do in spurts. We understand what we need to do in order to be successful and then they increase the intensity a little bit in the third period there, and suddenly we leave them and start going east to west and not advancing zones, you are not winning at the NHL level, as in the third phase Thrust came, they went north, they put pucks behind our D, something we had done successfully all night and all night, and we just got away from it. ”
Jake Guentzel finished the game at four o’clock in the middle of the third n Passage with a goal scored on a second attempt at rebound. Alexandar Georgiev (33 saves) had narrowly stopped the first two shots but was unable to score a third save.
The Rangers were swept by the penguins in a two-game set in Pittsburgh last week, including a loss to shoot. In both games, the Rangers had made a one-goal lead on the third half, only to see it evaporated on both occasions. Saturday was more like the Rangers’ sixth game in a row with one goal and only one win. « Probably as bad as we have been all year, » said coach David Quinn. “They beat us with every loose puck, they won every battle. … They were smarter and looked like a slightly hungrier team than we were in the third period. They just won a lot of foot races to lose pucks, they won battles and we were very soft on the net. “
The Rangers came out strong and found an answer to the Penguins’ first three goals even after falling behind. Brendan Lemieux, Kevin Rooney (shorthanded) and Kreider all equalized before Artemi Panarin gave the Rangers their first lead of the game 4-3 towards the end of the second half.
Then came the third period in which the Rangers fought to get pucks behind the penguins’ defenses and slowly watched another lead slip through their hands.
« This is only a win for hockey, » Kreider said. “No team in the league can just throw their sticks out and play east-west and try to pave their way to victory. You have to go north at some point. There isn’t enough space, there isn’t enough time. You have to turn her D. You have to get them to walk 200 feet. [Instead] we spin pucks across the lines, flip pucks in the neutral zone, and don’t let them dig pucks out of corners. «
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