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PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 13: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the game winning goal during the third period in Game Six of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena on May 13, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. New York defeated Pittsburgh 5-3. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers comeback is on big time. Behind Chris Kreider’s game deciding goal in the third period, the Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 in Game 6 to force a deciding Game 7 at MSG on Sunday.

The Rangers badly needed their best scorers to answer the bell and with Kreider nailing two goals on Friday night, the Rangers have found a way to tie a series where it trailed 3-1.

Of course a comeback in this series wouldn’t be complete without the Rangers falling behind in Game 6 2-0. With the crowd behind the Penguins, it would have been easy to think the Rangers would be out of it.

You thought wrong.

Mike Zibanejad’s goal on a power play five minutes into the second period settled things down for the Rangers. Nearly a minute and a half later, Zibanejad tied the game on a shot just above the right circle. Finally at 13:48 Kreider gave the Rangers the lead on a power play. Three minutes later, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin tied the game at three on a wrist shot to close out the second period.

That set the stage for Kreider to star in the third period with 1:33 to go in regulation when he put up a desperate shot that bounced past goalie Louis Domingue and into the back of the net to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead. A minute later Andrew Copp poured it on with a goal of his own to make it 5-3.

The time was on to celebrate.