The Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the first round of the Eastern Conference on Sunday.
Pittsburgh extended its streak to 16 seasons, the longest active in the major professional sports leagues in North America. She won the Stanley Cup three times during that time (2009, 2016, 2017).
This was the fourth consecutive season that the Penguins failed to advance after the opening round. They lost to the New York Islanders in the first round in 2019 and 2021 and lost to the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, losing a Top 5 series in four games.
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Here are five reasons to get rid of penguins:
1. Down to Domingo
The penguins entered the series without goalkeeper #1 Tristan Garry, who sustained a lower body injury on April 14. In match 2 overtime, they lost DeSmith to a major muscle injury that required end-of-season surgery.
Doming came in to score 17 saves in what would be a 4-3 win in triple overtime, but that wasn’t sustainable. He allowed at least four goals in four out of five matches, losing his last two, before Gary returned to game 7.
“Casey and Lewis did a great job,” Gary said. “Obviously you want to be out there fighting with them every night. The most painful thing is not being able to be there and go to battle with the guys.”
2. Not closing
With the Penguins leading their best of 7 series 3-1, Letang gave them a 2-0 lead at 7:58 of the second half in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden. evaporated when Adam Fox And Alexis Lavrinier Record 1:30 separately, and Jacob Troup He put New York 3-2 ahead at 17:53.
Jake Goentzel He tied it 3-3 before the period ended, but Philip Shettle And Ryan Lindgren He scored the last two goals to lose Pittsburgh 5-3.
Back home, the Penguins led another 2-0 in Game Six. They blew it up again in the second half, leveled it, and then allowed two goals in the third in a 5-3 loss.
Pittsburgh was 3-2 ahead in Game 7 before Mika Zibanjad He scored at 14:15 from the third. Artemi Banarin He scored a 4:46 power-play goal in overtime to send the Penguins home.
“There are two good teams competing,” said coach Mike Sullivan. “Sometimes we had strings, sometimes they had strings…it’s hockey.”
3. Crosby’s loss
Sidney Crosby He was injured by Trouba at 9:15 in the second half in Match 5. He took two more bouts before leaving with an upper body injury. He did not play Game 6 but returned to Game 7.
Before the injury, the Penguins captain scored nine points (two goals and seven assists) in five games. He was coming off a three-point game (one goal, two assists) in Game 4, winning 7-2.
4. He was killed by penalty kicks
The penalty kick has been a force for the Penguins throughout the regular season, ranking third in the NHL (84.4 percent). The opposite was true in the playoffs.
Pittsburgh allowed six goals in 19 powerhouse games in New York, and at least one in five of the seven games has given up.
distance Brooke McGinn Convert the disc to Kandrey Miller In Game 7, a Rangers tower grabbed the defender to prevent a goal from being scored in the goal that followed. This resulted in an overtime winner from Panarin, a final force-playing goal for the Rangers to close out the series.
5. Rely on the top line
After scoring six points (three goals, three assists) in 14 games in the previous three seasons, Crosby has appeared in the series. The same was true for his comrades.
Guenzel scored eight goals, at least one in six of the seven games. Rast scored eight points (two goals and six assists).
Malkin made his turn in the second line position with six points (three goals and three assists). Third Line Center Jeff Carter He scored four goals.
The remaining nine strikers combined for seven goals, six of them from Rodrigues and Heinen (three each).
“We’ve had a lot of ordeals,” Crosby said. “The way we played all the series, I thought we did a really good job throughout the series of getting better and getting leads. The only thing we couldn’t do was put them away.”