Sport Penguins blow leads, fall to Rangers in overtime

05:11  15 march  2018
05:11  15 march  2018 Source:   post-gazette.com

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So it went to overtime . The Penguins had struck on their first shot at 43 seconds of the first (Lundqvist has allowed goals twice on both the opposition’s first shot and third shot in six starts) and then built the lead to 2-0 at 12:30. The Rangers unexpectedly came roaring back in the second period at just about

One like the Penguins ’ 4-3 overtime loss to Columbus Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena, when they allowed an early 3-0 lead to mutate into a defeat that has tied their first-round series against the Blue Jackets, 2-2, heading into Game 5 at 7:08 p.m. Saturday night at Consol Energy Center.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith (1) stops a shot on goal by New York Rangers' Chris Kreider (20) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 14.© Frank Franklin II/Associated Press Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith (1) stops a shot on goal by New York Rangers' Chris Kreider (20) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 14.

NEW YORK — Penguins coach Mike Sullivan talked after Sunday’s game against Dallas about it being a blueprint for how to win.

The Penguins hoped to build on that Wednesday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, and even did for long stretches.

But ultimately the defense that the Penguins showed in that game came unglued, and the Penguins suffered a 4-3 overtime loss after blowing leads of 2-0 and 3-2.

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Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh turned the puck over in overtime and Kessel set up Malkin for the game-winning goal. Vladimir Namestnikov, Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos scored for Tampa Bay, which had its four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-1-1.

And then came the final blow , coming off a shockingly poor play by the Ranger captain Ryan McDonagh “I obviously let the team down in overtime ,” McDonagh said. A Crosby double-minor for high-sticking in the second allowed the Rangers to score two power-play goals and take a 3-2 lead .


Mika Zibanejad won it with a short-side goal in overtime, the puck going off the post and off the back of Casey DeSmith’s elbow.

The Penguins were far too loose defensively and gave up much too many. They also blew a chance to win it on a penalty shot from Evgeni Malkin late.

Against a team they probably should've beaten the Penguins couldn't seize the opportunity and now have to beat the Canadiens Thursday in a back-to-back to keep pace in the Metropolitan Divison.

After the Rangers tied the score, 2-2, in the third period, Carl Hagelin pushed the Penguins ahead, 3-2, with a wraparound goal at 15:41. At that point, it looked like some of the Penguins’ defensive sins were forgiven.

However, Chris Kreider fed Zibanejad for a goal predicated on speed — which seemed to frustrated Sullivan on the bench — at 16:43, the Rangers’ second power-play tally forcing a 3-3 tie.

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The Rangers blew a 2-0 lead and lost 3-2 on Justin Williams goal 4:36 into overtime at Staples Center Wednesday. Dan Girardi fell down while attempting to clear the puck, as his teammates flew the defensive zone, leaving the ultra-clutch Williams all alone to beat Henrik Lundqvist from in close.

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With 10.7 seconds left to go in regulation, Malkin was awarded a penalty shot, but Rangers goaltender Alexander Georgiev made a key save on Malkin.

The stuff that bugged the Penguins in this one was similar to what has bothered them for much of this season: odd-man rushes. That was especially obvious on Zibanejad’s goal.

Bryan Rust returned from a two-game absence and slotted onto a third line with Riley Sheahan and Phil Kessel. Scored the Penguins’ first goal, too.

In eight games as a Penguin, this was easily Brassard best. It’s hardly to think it wasn’t related to the do-everything Rust, who could probably play on a line with a pair of mites and somehow produce.

The Penguins acquired Brassard because of his ability to see the ice well and make plays. Those attributes were on display on Rust’s goal, as Rust got in on the forecheck, and Brassard made a nifty vision play to find Rust in the right circle.

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Much like the previous two times , the Rangers appeared completely stunned when the puck dropped in overtime . On one of their few chances in overtime , Michael Grabner appeared to end the game but the goal was immediately waved off because of a high stick.

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Thanks to a screen from Rangers defensemen Brady Skjei, Rust beat goaltender Alexander Georgiev rather easily.

The fourth line of Tom Kuhnhackl, Riley Sheahan and Carter Rowney was productive.

A prolonged offensive-zone shift from that group led to the Penguins’ second goal, a Kris Letang point shot that Sheahan tipped.

Carter Rowney’s pass to the point was excellent, while Sheahan made two tough puck retrievals down low, the type of big-body plays the Penguins acquired him for.

Kuhnhackl also had another showing as a fearless shot-blocking. It doesn’t win games, but it certainly commands respect. And Kuhnhackl took a beating in the second period, wearing a Ryan Sproul shot, then trying to block a few more while clearly hobbled.

Patric Hornqvist helped Kuhnhackl to the bench. Carl Hagelin gave him a tap on the shoulder.

The Rangers tied the game in the third period behind goals from Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast.

Kreider shoveled home a point shot on the power play, while Fast took a pass from Marc Staal in the slot.

The coverage on Fast was something the Penguins will probably want back, while nobody marked Kreider in front of DeSmith.

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The Rangers , who already had fallen prey to opponents' killer instincts in their three previous overtime losses this season, did not intend to fail again last In a sense, Bob Murray's power-play game-winner 53 seconds into overtime merely added a final insult to the injury of relinquishing a two-goal lead .

The Rangers (43-24-9, 95 points), now fully healthy, sought points to fend off the third-place Penguins (42-25-8, 92 points). Eric Staal played like a man possessed in Sunday night's 3-2 Rangers overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Garden. That was the big picture positive to take

The loss dropped the Penguins to 5-2-1 in their last eight visits to MSG, while they’re now 15-7 against the Metropolitan Division.

The two power-play goals were also problematic for the Penguins penalty kill, which has been very good of late.

Jason Mackey: jmackey@post-gazette.com and @JMackeyPG.

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