Rangers vs. the Penguins: The Kid Line fuels a comeback to keep the season alive


The New York Rangers, backed by Alexis Lafrenière, Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko, kept their season alive this evening with a 5-3 victory at Madison Square Garden. Rangers looked like dead men walking through the first half of this game, but the second half with three goals brought life back to the park and on the ice. Igor Shesterkin made a great rebound in the tuck, but at the same time, the Rangers as a whole were better defensively.

The first period

It was a relatively quiet period for the Rangers in the attack zone, as they managed to dominate, but that ultimately didn’t lead to many chances. The Penguins continued their aggressive play across the neutral zone and kept the Rangers completely off the scoreboard for the first 20 minutes. Jake Guenzel finally put Pittsburgh ahead just after halfway where he followed up on a rebound, and had three separate hits in the disc.

The last attempt by Guentzel came from just below the goal line, and a poor puck tracking by Igor Shesterkin led to the opening goal. The disc barely veered off Chesterkin’s left sled and he ended up in the back of the net. It was definitely an unfortunate break for the Rangers on the ice at home, and they fell back heading for their first break.

second period

Although it was difficult to create chances out of the rush, the Rangers did an excellent job in the second period by completely knocking Pittsburgh out of the game. The Penguins went nearly 14 minutes without a shot on target while maintaining a 1-0 lead, as the Rangers reclaimed the match. Unfortunately for Rangers, the first shot of the period ended up in the net and the whole of New York looked dumbfounded. Kris Letang was able to hit the open ice with a fast transmission spin, and buried an impressive center feed from Evgeni Malkin.

At this point in the game, the Rangers didn’t have much life on the ice, and the crowd was completely silent and it didn’t look like it was going to be a merciful end. Then the Rangers came back. Adam Fox opened the scoring for the Rangers at 15:11 of the second half, and they went out. Exactly a minute and a half after the Rangers reached the plate, Kid Lane delivered and sent Madison Square Garden into a frenzy.

Kaapo Kakko put in a superb display behind the nets of the Penguins to get attention, throwing an absolute cent from a pass in front of Alexis Lafrenière. Lafrenière did not miss the perfect pass from his teammate and brought the Rangers back even after all the gloom and gloom.

As if the Rangers didn’t already prove to everyone that they’re back in this game, Jacob Tropa nearly blew the roof off of 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. A big side step along the planks by troba gave him a wide open lane of the net, and he made full use of the space in front of him. He was able to block the incoming backhand, and his shot on target caused some trouble for Louis Dominguez. The ball slipped between the goalkeeper’s legs and suddenly Rangers took a 3-2 lead in this match.

However, it wouldn’t be a typical Rangers playoff unless there was chaos right after the chaos. After just 13 seconds of jumping in front, Jake Goetzel scored again for the Penguins and tied things up again with a 3-3 score. Immediately after the ensuing confrontation, the Penguins returned directly under the ice and immediately stood under the goal line. Guentzel somehow got lost in a wave of five different guards sitting in the high hatch, and Evgeni Malkin found him as soon as he entered the firing lane. Igor Shesterkin didn’t have much of a chance after the shot left Guentzel’s wand, and she’s ready for a third all right.

third round

Despite conceding a late equalizer, the Rangers did not change their style of play and were rewarded with an early opportunity to play. It was the first powertrain with two looks but they couldn’t get any by Louis Domingue. After that, Kid Lane climbed over the boards and went to work again. Filip Chytil was able to collect a loose disc down the showdown circle from a nearly broken play. With plenty of room in front of him, Chytil stared at Louis Domingue and fired a quick shot over the shoulder to send the Rangers forward.

After grabbing their second lead of the night, the Rangers retreated to their defensive game and played to protect the lead. It almost felt like an eternity but the Rangers got the job done in the end. Ryan Lindgren, who was clearly still injured, played a brutal match for Rangers and put everything on the line to give Rangers a chance.

It certainly wasn’t looking good early on in this game, but the Rangers found a way and faced another rift on Friday night in Pittsburgh.


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