(3M) Penguins in (2M) Rangers
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Pittsburgh tops Top 7 series 1-0
The New York Rangers will try to even the first round series of the Eastern Conference against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday after losing 4-3 in triple overtime in Game 1 on Tuesday.
“It’s one game, you can get through it and move on,” said Rangers coach Gerard Gallant. “I don’t feel like controlling us. We played this team well all year and we know what we have and we know we have to be better.”
The Rangers hope to start Game 2 similar to the way they opened Game 1, when they were physical and quick in the first 23 minutes and more, pushing the Penguins back, creating scoring chances and taking control of the checkpoint to lead a 2-0 lead. .
But the Penguins responded, leveling the score and erasing Rangers’ 3-2 lead late in the second half. They beat Rangers 25-8 in the second half and 83-68 in the match.
“I’m not going to change our playing style,” Gallant said. “It was six periods of hockey. Were they better in the second half of the game? Yes. But were we in control in the first half? Yes. I’m not going to make big adjustments. I will just try to make us more consistent.”
Louis Doming Be in goal for the Penguins after making 17 saves in relief Casey Desmith In the middle of the second extra day on Tuesday. DeSmith has had a lower body injury day in and day out. will not wear.
Tristan Garrythe #1 Penguins goalkeeper, is also unavailable due to a lower body injury.
Remember Pittsburgh Alex D’Orio from Wilkes Barr/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. D’Orio will be Domingue’s backup.
“He’s got a little bragging,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said of Domingo. “I think that serves him well. He has confidence in him. He believes in his game. I think you can see it in his body language and I think it’s contagious with our group.”
Teams that advance 2-0 in the Top 7 NHL Playoff Series hold an all-time record of 337-52 (86.6 percent), including an 84-20 (80.8 percent) score when the series starts on the road.
Here are 3 keys to the game 2:
1. Contains Crosby
Penguins Center Sidney Crosby He was the best snowboarder in the first game, preparing every striker Jake GoentzelGoals in the second half, as he finished with seven shots on goal, 12 shot attempts, and 27 for 48 (56.3 percent) in confrontations.
His companions, Guentzel and Brian Rust, Follow. Guenzel scored two goals in eight shots. Rast had a powerful playing goal and two passes as well as nine high shots. Looks like they’ve had the disc all night.
“They have a very smart group of players at that level, so you have to be mentally smart, to be in the right positions,” Adam Fox She said. “Being physically with them, moving your feet and trying to stay in front of them is a big thing.”
2. A better start for Pittsburgh
The Penguins have to face the aggressive early Rangers attack, as they would rather not count on coming back from below with two goals again.
“Their fans are loud and excited and I think they’re fueling that,” Defender Penguins Mike Matheson She said. “We’ve done a good job with the game still dealing with that and hopefully in the sense of learning from that we can do it early tonight.”
3. Domingo’s Domain
Domingu knows he’s facing a Rangers goalkeeper Igor ShesterkinHe made 79 saves in the first match.
Now it comes to whether Domingo, the No. 3 goalkeeper, was up to the task at the very first start of his Stanley Cup playoffs.
“Lewis understands it’s hockey, it’s the same game he plays all the time,” Sullivan said. “We talk a lot with our guys about staying in the moment and just focusing on the task at hand.”
Expected lineup of penguins
Jake Genzel – Sidney Crosby – Brian Rust
Jason Zucker – Yevgeny Malkin – Kasperi Cabanen
Danton Heinen – Jeff Carter – Brooke McGinn
Brian Boyle – Teddy Blogger – Evan Rodriguez
Brian Dumoulin – Chris Letang
Mike Matheson – Chad Rowedel
Marcus Peterson – John Marino
scratched: Mark FriedmanAnd Drew O’Connor
injured: Tristan Gary (Lower Body), Ricard Raquel (unspoken), Casey Desmith (lower body), Nathan Beaulieu (lower body)
Expected Rangers lineup
Chris Crieder – Mika Zibanjad – Frank Vatrano
Artemi Banarin – Ryan Strom – Andrew Cope
Alexis Lavrinier – Philip Shettle – kabo kaku
Barclay Godro – Kevin Rooney – Ryan Reeves
Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox
Kandrey Miller – Jacob Troup
Patrick Nemeth – Braden Schneider
scratched: Libor HajkAnd Greg McCaigAnd Julien GautierAnd Justin BrownAnd Dryden HuntAnd Johnny Brodzinski
injured: Tyler Mutt (upper body)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s D’Orio was called up from the American Hockey League on Wednesday. …Zucker is a game time decision after training for the past two days. He has not played since April 26 due to a lower body injury. … Raquel, the striker, will be absent after being injured during the first match … Lindgren’s decision will be game time due to a lower body injury in the first game … Rangers coach, Gerard Gallant, said there may be further changes in the squad because Few of the players are “a little upset”.