PENGUINS 7 – RANGERS 2
The Rangers have their proverbial backs to the wall now after suffering a second consecutive defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins, this time to the tune of 7-2. The Penguins lead the series 3-1 as the scene shifts back to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Monday’s loss marked the second consecutive game that goalie Igor Shesterkin struggled to slow down the Pens, who have scored 14 goals in the last two games.
Shesterkin was charged with six goals allowed Monday night. He has given up 10 games in the last two games. In each case he was pulled by Head Coach Gerard Gallant, who still believes in his embattled goaltender.
“He’s the best goalie in the league,” Gallant said after Game 4.
Mark Friedman skating right up to the Rangers fans for his celebration 😂 pic.twitter.com/tPN5ZwY44w— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 10, 2022
After a goal by Alexis Lafreniere gave the Rangers an early 1-0 lead, it was all Pittsburgh. The Penguins scored four consecutive goals — starting with Sydney Crosby’s second goal of the series on a power play midway through the first period that knotted it up at one.
Goals on goals on goals.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 10, 2022
Two goals for Big Jeff Carter in Game 3 and a goal in Game 4.
BJC is coming up HUGE in Round 1. pic.twitter.com/t3Ntj44FDC
Mike Matheson, Jake Guentzel and Mark Friedman all scored on consecutive attempts on goal as the Penguins began to roll on what would turn out to be a five goal output in the second period.
Before the Rangers could blink, with less than a minute to go they were down 6-2 after Jeff Carter hit his third goal of the series. Call it a night.
"There's not a whole lot to say. We know we've got to be better, to a man. We're going to show up for Game 5, put that behind us + be ready to play."— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 10, 2022
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