This is the first time this season that the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers would square off against one another. Pittsburgh only took 25 shots on net and they defeated New York 7-2 at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins have won seven consecutive games.
There were no goals scored in the first-period and it was a fast paced period. The Penguins looked more terrible in that period than the Rangers did.
Pittsburgh got rolling in the second-period. Zach Aston-Reese scored the first goal of the game 6:29 into the period. Jake Guentzel scored a goal 4:42 later in the second and Kris Letang scored a goal 1:09 later after Guentzel’s goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Ryan Strome scored 26 seconds later for the New York Rangers after Letang’s goal.
Pittsburgh responded with a Dominik Simon goal with 4:15 remaining in the second-period. Evgeni Malkin scored a power-play goal for the Penguins 1:03 into the third-period.
Pavel Buchnevich scored for New York 19 seconds later.
Tanner Pearson scored a power-play goal for Pittsburgh 3:18 later in the third-period.
Henrik Lundqvist was pulled from the game in favor of Alex Georgiev. Lundqvist made 12 saves. Georgiev made six saves,
Sidney Crosby scored another goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins with 6:04 remaining in regulation. Matt Murray was tremendous in net for Pittsburgh with 28 saves.
These two teams will play each other three more times this season. The Pittsburgh Penguins next game will be on Friday night at home against the Winnipeg Jets. The New York Rangers next game will be on Friday night on the road against the Colorado Avalanche.