NHL Hockey

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Final 1 2 3 OT Tot
Pittsburgh 1 2 0 0 3
NY Rangers 1 1 1 1 4
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Rangers win series 4-3
Three Stars
1: Artemi Panarin, NYR (1G)
2: Mika Zibanejad, NYR (1G, 2A)
3: Evan Rodrigues, Pit (1G, 1A)
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT, May 15, 2022
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York  Attendance: 18,006

Rangers attempt to conclude comeback in Game 7 vs. Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers

  1. The Rangers won 5-3 after trailing 2-0 in both Game 5 and Game 6. The only other time the Rangers won consecutive games in one playoff series by overcoming a multiple-goal deficit in each game was against Washington in 1986 (Games 4 and 5).
  2. The Penguins have won all six Game 7's they've played on the road (1992, 2009 and 2017 at Washington; 1999 at New Jersey; 2001 at Buffalo; 2009 at Detroit). It's the longest streak of Game 7 road wins in NHL playoff history. (Pittsburgh is 4-7 in Game 7's on home ice.)
  3. The Rangers have won nine of their last 11 Game 7's, though their last seventh game was a 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay in the 2015 Eastern Conference Final.
  4. Evgeni Malkin had 23:01 of ice time in Game 6, his highest total in a non-overtime playoff game since 2018 (23:16 in a 5-1 loss to the Flyers). Malkin's highest ice-time total during the 2021-22 regular season was 21:44 in a shootout loss to Winnipeg on January 23.
  5. Chris Kreider and Artemi Panarin each scored twice for the Rangers in Game 6. Since 1996, the only other playoff game in which the Rangers had two multiple-goal scorers was a 7-0 win against the Atlanta Thrashers at Madison Square Garden in 2007. Michael Nylander scored three goals in that game and Ryan Callahan netted two.
  6. Chris Kreider's game-winning goal on Friday was his second game-winner of this series and the eighth of his NHL/Rangers career, giving him sole possession of the franchise record for deciding goals in the playoffs. He had been tied with Mark Messier (seven) before Game 6.
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The New York Rangers exceeded expectations during a spectacular regular season and highlighted one of the best seasons in team history by earning 54 of their 110 points via 27 comeback wins.

The ability to rally also earned New York the coveted home-ice advantage in the first round for Sunday's Game 7 and following a pair of comebacks, the Rangers look to complete their rally in their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh still might be without superstar captain Sidney Crosby and goaltender Tristan Jarry. Coach Mike Sullivan labeled both players as "game-time decisions" on Sunday morning.

The Rangers are attempting to overcome a 3-1 series deficit for the third time in team history. They did it in second round series against Pittsburgh in 2014 when they won a Game 7 on the road and versus the Washington Capitals in 2015 in overtime on home ice.

New York has an opportunity to complete another comeback after evening the series with a 5-3 win on Friday. The Rangers led for a combined 4:20 by rallying from a two-goal deficit with three goals in the second period and snapping a 3-3 tie when Chris Kreider's slap shot deflected off Pittsburgh goalie Louie Dominque and trickled into the net with 1:28 remaining.

Kreider also scored the tying goal on a power play after Mike Zibanejad scored his first two goals of the series in a span of 1:16 in the second period. Kreider's first goal was answered by Evgeni Malkin's third tally of the series.

"We've been able to come together as a team through hard times over the course of the year, over the course of the last couple years," Kreider said. "I think it's been a long time coming for us. Regardless of the situation, I'm proud of the way this team competes. Whether we're down, whether we're up, trying to get to our game, trying to play the same way."

New York has stayed alive by rallying from a pair of 2-0 deficits and withstanding fast starts by the Penguins, who have scored nine times in the first period.

On Friday, The Penguins held a two-goal lead when Jeff Carter and Bryan Rust scored in a span of 96 seconds late in the first. Pittsburgh also held a two-goal lead in Game 5 when Jake Guentzel and Kris Letang scored in the opening 27:58 but those goals were scored before Crosby was injured on a high hit by New York defenseman Jacob Trouba with about seven minutes left in the second period.

Crosby has an upper-body injury and it is believed to be a concussion for the star forward, who has missed 108 regular-season games and one playoff game with previous concussions. Crosby had two goals and seven assists on Pittsburgh's top line through the first four games.

Crosby did not skate ahead of Game 6 before being ruled out. He also did not participate in Sunday's optional morning skate, however Jarry did as he attempts to work his way past a foot injury.

"I believe in this group," Sullivan said. "I think we have what it takes to win regardless of who's in our lineup. I know we're very capable."

The Penguins are hoping to avoid blowing a 3-1 series lead for the fourth time in team history.

Besides the 2014 collapse against the Rangers, Pittsburgh blew a 3-1 lead in the 2011 first-round against the Tampa Bay Lightning when Crosby missed the entire series and the 1975 quarterfinals against the New York Islanders, when the Penguins lost the last four games.

They are also hoping to avoid some of the penalty issues that enabled the Rangers to pull off another comeback. The Penguins held the Rangers to 2-for-9 on the power play in the first four games but New York is 3-for-6 on the man advantage in the past two games and penalties by Evan Rodrigues and Mike Matheson led to Zibanejad's first goal and Kreider's tying goal.

"Nobody said it was going to be easy," Letang said. "They're a really good team. They have a lot of skilled players that can score goals. It's a race to four and we have to regroup, stay positive and get the job done."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 15, 2022

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