NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 03: Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers leaves the net following a 4-3 triple overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 03, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PENGUINS  4 – RANGERS 3 – triple OT

They needed three overtimes, and for the New York Rangers it wasn’t nearly enough. After 106 intense minutes of playoff hockey, a grueling battle between rivals ended with 14:02 to go in the third overtime when Penguins veteran Evgeni Malkin shot a bullet past Rangers all pro goalie Igor Shesterkin.   Malkin shot his arms up into the air, and was surrounded by his teammates behind the net. There was nothing more that could be done for the Broadway Blue shirts as the Penguins took a 1-0 series lead.

Shesterkin didn’t have it easy on Tuesday. He gave up the four goals, but of the 83 shots Pittsburgh attempted on goal, he saved 79 of them. Even in defeat, he was incredible on the ice for long stretches of time.

On the flip side, Penguins starting goalie Casey DeSmith left the contest midway through the second period, leaving it  up to Louis Domingue to keep the game knotted up at three against one of the best goalies in the game across the ice. Domingue was up to the challenge recording 17 saves for Pittsburgh.

“I saw him go to the bench and I wasn’t sure why they blew the whistle,” Domingue said. “They were saying I had to go in. After that, I just go out and played. It’s crazy, but I guess that’s my life. It’s hockey.”

What hurts for the Rangers is they had a 2-0 lead in the second period, built off goals by Adam Fox and Andrew Copp. However, Jake Guentzel’s two goals tied the game up at two, before Chris Kreider, the Rangers leading scorer, answered the call with a shorthanded goal off a pass by Mike Zibanejad to give New York the lead back at 3-2.

Shortly after that with 2:30 to go in the second period Bryan Rust knotted it up again on a power play goal. After that both the Rangers and Penguins would go nearly 69 minutes without scoring.

Game two is Thursday night from the Garden.