PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - MAY 09: Adam Fox #23 of the New York Rangers skates by as the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate a goal by Jake Guentzel #59 during the second period of Game Four of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on May 09, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)


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.

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.

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.