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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers
Recap

Rangers rally to beat Penguins, stay alive

May 12, 2022, 2:09 AM

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Filip Chytil scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period on the power play and the New York Rangers rallied from a 2-0 second-period deficit to stave off playoff elimination with a 5-3 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Jacob Trouba and Alexis Lafreniere each had a goal and an assist and Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren also scored goals for New York, which still trails the best-of-seven first round Eastern Conference series, 3-2. Game 6 is Friday night in Pittsburgh. Vezina finalist Igor Shesterkin stopped 29 of 32 shots.

It was the first career playoff goal for Chytil, who was the 21st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft by the Rangers.

Jake Guentzel scored two goals and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh, which lost star center Sidney Crosby midway through the second period to an undisclosed injury following a hard hit to the head by Trouba. Evgeni Malkin added two assists and Louis Domingue finished with 29 saves.

Pittsburgh took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Guentzel backhanded in a rebound of his own shot off the skate of Shesterkin from behind the net to extend his goal-scoring streak to five games.

Letang made it 2-0 at the 7:58 mark of the second period when he one-timed a Malkin crossing pass from the left circle under Shesterkin's blocker for his first goal of the playoffs.

But New York rallied to take a 3-2 lead later in the period scoring three goals in the span of 2:42.

Fox started the comeback with his third goal of the playoffs, snapping a shot from the top of the right circle past a Ryan Strome screen and under the crossbar. Lafreniere tied it 90 seconds later, converting a Kaapo Kakko pass from the slot for his second goal of the playoffs. Trouba then gave the Rangers the lead 72 seconds after that when he rushed the net and beat Domingue with a backhand shot from the slot.

But the Penguins answered just 13 seconds later to tie it on Guentzel's second goal of the game off a Malkin setup.

Chytil then made it 4-3 at the 2:53 mark of the third period with a power-play goal, firing a spinning wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle past Domingue's blocker side for what proved to be the game-winner. Lindgren sealed the win with an empty-netter with 15.5 seconds to go.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
Preview

Penguins poised to oust ‘soft’ Rangers in Game 5

May 10, 2022, 7:45 PM

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After scoring 14 goals in an impressive home sweep of Games 3 and 4, the Pittsburgh Penguins have a chance to clinch their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the host New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

The Penguins took a 3-1 series lead with an impressive 7-2 victory on Monday night.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists, and Pittsburgh blew the game open with a five-goal second period, chasing Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin for the second straight game. Shesterkin was also pulled after allowing four goals in the first period of a 7-4 loss on Saturday.

Shesterkin, named one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy along with Calgary's Jacob Markstrom and Nashville's Juuse Saros, was expected to give the Rangers a big edge in goal. He led the NHL with a 2.07 goals-against average and .935 save percentage while compiling a 36-13-4 record during the regular season. But he allowed 10 goals in just three periods in the two losses at Pittsburgh.

Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said Shesterkin will be back in net to start Game 5.

"He's the best goalie in the league," Gallant said. "So, I'm going to go with him."

Gallant wasn't quite as complimentary about the play of the rest of his team which rolled to 110 points while finishing second in the Metropolitan Division.

"Disappointing," Gallant said. "Total team disappointment. There wasn't much commitment to playing defense tonight."

Gallant was especially upset with his team's play in the second period when the Penguins broke the game open with five goals.

"One goal, two goals ... played soft," Gallant said. "Played soft all over the ice. That's the biggest difference. We were soft all over the ice. ... Tonight you saw a lot of soft, bad plays by a lot of people. It was a team effort tonight."

"We weren't playing very good in front of (Shesterkin)," Rangers forward Andrew Copp said. "It definitely wasn't on him at all. It's going to be up to every guy in the room to pull together and do what we can to win Game 5."

Pittsburgh, which finished third in the Metro with 103 points, split the first two games in New York, pulling out a memorable 4-3 victory in Game 1 on an Evgeni Malkin goal at 5:58 into the third overtime.

Although they're in prime position to complete a first-round upset, the Penguins aren't taking anything for granted.

"Nobody's comfortable," head coach Mike Sullivan said. "We understand the challenge ahead of us. We're just trying to stay in the moment. We gotta stay hungry. That's the most important thing. It starts with a mindset and attitude before the puck drops. That's the message to our group."

"I think we know we have a lot of work left," Crosby said. "When you're in a game like (Monday's 7-2 win), you know you're going to see the team's best the next time. They're a good hockey team and we've definitely got an opportunity, but we know it's going to be a challenge going to New York."

"We just turn the page and we go back to work," added defenseman Kris Letang. "It's going to a different game. It's going to be the hardest game to win. It doesn't matter if you won by five goals or OT, a win is a win and we have to turn the page quick."

--Field Level Media

NHL: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Penguins G Tristan Jarry (foot) resumes workouts

May 7, 2022, 4:19 PM

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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry resumed on-ice workouts Saturday, an important step in his recovery from a foot injury.

Prior to the team's optional morning skate, Jarry worked on positioning and footwork with Penguins goaltending coach Andy Chiodo.

There is still no timetable for the return of Jarry, who has been considered week-to-week since breaking a bone in his foot on April 14.

Pittsburgh hosts the New York Rangers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday night. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.

With Jarry out and backup Casey DeSmith done for the season after core-muscle surgery Friday, No. 3 netminder Louis Domingue will make his second straight start. Domingue, who relieved the injured DeSmith in overtime in Game 1, had 35 saves in Thursday's 5-2 loss in Game 2 in New York.

Jarry, 27, made the Metropolitan Division All-Star team this season and finished 34-18-6 with four shutouts, a 2.42 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild
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Penguins G Casey DeSmith out for season after surgery

May 6, 2022, 5:43 PM

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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith will miss the rest of the playoffs following successful core muscle surgery on Friday morning, coach Mike Sullivan announced.

DeSmith was injured Tuesday during Pittsburgh's 4-3 win in triple-overtime in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round series against the New York Rangers.

DeSmith, 30, started in place of injured All-Star Tristan Jarry and made 48 saves before leaving with 10:42 left in the second OT due to a lower-body injury.

Louis Domingue relieved DeSmith in Game 1 and started Game 2 on Thursday night. The Rangers won 5-2 to even the series at 1-1, with Game 3 on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

DeSmith was 11-6-5 with three shutouts, a 2.79 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in the 2021-22 regular season.

Jarry, 27, is considered day-to-day with a foot injury. He was 34-18-6 with four shutouts, a 2.42 GAA and a .919 save percentage in the regular season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings
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Penguins' Casey DeSmith, Rickard Rakell deemed day-to-day

May 4, 2022, 7:00 PM

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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith and forward Rickard Rakell are considered day-to-day with their respective injuries, coach Mike Sullivan announced Wednesday.

Neither player took part in an optional practice at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday. That session came one day after the Penguins posted a 4-3 victory in triple-overtime against the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round series. Game 2 is Thursday in New York.

DeSmith, 30, started in place of Tristan Jarry (foot) and made 48 saves before leaving with 10:42 remaining in the second overtime due to a lower-body injury. Louis Domingue relieved DeSmith and stopped 17 shots in the final 16:33.

Rakell, 28, did not return to Game 1 following a hit to the chest from defenseman Ryan Lindgren late in the first period.

--Field Level Media

NHL: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Penguins G Tristan Jarry to miss start of playoffs

May 1, 2022, 7:17 PM

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Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry is expected to miss the start of the Penguins' Eastern Conference first-round series against the New York Rangers, coach Mike Sullivan announced Sunday.

Sullivan labeled both Jarry and forward Jason Zucker as day-to-day as they deal with their respective injuries. Game 1 is Tuesday night in New York.

Jarry hasn't played since sustaining a lower-body injury in Pittsburgh's win over the New York Islanders on April 14, while Zucker suffered an undisclosed injury in the Penguins' loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

"We don't expect to have them for the first couple of games, I will say that," Sullivan said. "But their status right now is day-to-day. We'll update you guys as we go."

Casey DeSmith, 30, is expected to start in net for the series opener. He was 11-6-5 this season with a 2.79 goals-against average, a .914 save percentage and three shutouts in 26 games (24 starts).

Jarry, 27, enjoyed a career season, setting personal bests in wins (34), GAA (2.42) and shutouts (four).

Zucker, 30, registered 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 41 games this season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers
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Rangers' Artemi Panarin, Andrew Copp out vs. Capitals

April 29, 2022, 5:51 PM

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New York Rangers forwards Artemi Panarin and Andrew Copp have been ruled out of Friday's regular-season finale against the visiting Washington Capitals.

Panarin sustained an upper-body injury and Copp aggravated a lower-body ailment during the second period of New York's 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. Both players sat out the Rangers' 4-3 setback to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

"Just day-to-day, getting better, just being cautious," New York coach Gerard Gallant said. "I fully expect them (to be ready for the playoffs). Just being safe."

The Rangers (51-24-6, 108 points) are locked into the second seed in the Metropolitan Division. They will square off against either the Pittsburgh Penguins or Capitals in the playoffs.

Panarin, 30, has recorded career-high totals in both assists (74) and points (96) this season. His 22 goals are third-best on the team.

Copp, 27, has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 16 games with the Rangers. He was acquired last month from the Winnipeg Jets.

--Field Level Media

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Penguins CEO David Morehouse steps down

April 28, 2022, 2:01 AM

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Pittsburgh Penguins president/chief executive officer David Morehouse left his post Wednesday after 16 years with the club.

During Morehouse's time in charge, the Penguins won three Stanley Cups. His exit comes less than a year after previous owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux sold the team to Fenway Sports Group.

"I want to thank Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux for taking a chance on me in 2007 and giving this Pittsburgh kid the dream of a lifetime to run his hometown hockey team," Morehouse said in a statement. "During those 16 years I've been lucky enough that this never felt like a 'job.' It always felt like a partnership -- with ownership, players, coaches, staff, and Pittsburgh fans. We had some incredible times together, including three Stanley Cups and watching Pittsburgh turn into a true hockey town."

Morehouse added, "I'm confident that the Penguins' future is in good hands with Fenway Sports Group. The new ownership group prioritizes winning and that has always been the philosophy of the Pittsburgh Penguins. They have experience running successful franchises and we have some of the best staff in sports already in place. Together, the legacy of the Penguins is sure to continue."

Fenway Sports Group principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner said in a joint statement, "As a leader of the Penguins franchise for nearly a decade and a half, David presided over an era that is formidable in every way. We are grateful for the leadership he has provided throughout this remarkable period, overseeing the construction of a new arena, record sell-outs, and Stanley Cup championships.

"David has been instrumental in making the Penguins one of the most successful franchises in the NHL and we are thankful for the immense time, energy, and love he has poured into the organization."

Morehouse first joined the Penguins in 2004 as a consultant regarding their new arena. He became club president three years later, ahead of the team's championship runs in 2009, 2016 and 2017, and he added the CEO title in 2010.

The Penguins have sold out all 633 of their home games since February 2007, and they are headed to the postseason for the 16th consecutive year, the longest current run among teams in the NHL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

With Morehouse's exit, Brian Burke and Kevin Acklin will run the Penguins' front office.

--Field Level Media

NHL: New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers
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Rangers' Artemi Panarin, Andrew Copp out vs. Canadiens

April 27, 2022, 6:06 PM

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New York Rangers forwards Artemi Panarin and Andrew Copp have been ruled out of Wednesday's home game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Panarin sustained an upper-body injury and Copp aggravated a lower-body ailment during the second period of New York's 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

"Nothing major, obviously," Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. "I'll know more today, but there's nothing to worry about. Not going to play tonight either one of them, but there's no concern if they'll play next week."

The Rangers (51-23-6, 108 points) are locked into the second seed in the Metropolitan Division. They will square off against either the Pittsburgh Penguins or Washington Capitals in the playoffs.

Panarin, 30, has recorded career-high totals in both assists (74) and points (96) this season. His 22 goals are third-best on the team.

Copp, 27, has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 16 games with the Rangers. He was acquired last month from the Winnipeg Jets.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Penguins G Tristan Jarry nursing lower-body injury

April 16, 2022, 3:09 PM

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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry is considered week-to-week with a lower-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan announced Saturday morning.

Jarry, 26, went the distance in Pittsburgh's 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday, turning aside 36 of 39 shots.

He has enjoyed a career season in 2021-22, setting personal bests in wins (34), goals-against average (2.42) and shutouts (four).

Jarry owns a 93-47-13 record with a 2.57 GAA and .915 save percentage in 159 career games (151 starts) with the Penguins.

Casey DeSmith is expected to start for Pittsburgh (43-22-11, 97 points) in Saturday afternoon's game at Boston.

"His game has really evolved over the course of the season," Sullivan said of DeSmith. "I think since the turn of the calendar year, he's put really solid hockey together for us. He's given us a chance to win each and every night."

DeSmith, 30, is 8-4-5 with two shutouts, a 2.94 GAA and .906 save percentage in 21 games (19 starts) this season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Report: Penguins to meet Bruins in 2023 Winter Classic

April 13, 2022, 4:09 PM

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will play the Boston Bruins in the 2023 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park on Jan. 2, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The NHL announced in February that the Bruins would host the game, with the opponent and date left to be set.

This will be the third Winter Classic for the Penguins, who played in the inaugural game against the Buffalo Sabres in Orchard Park, N.Y. That game, played on Jan. 1, 2008, marked the NHL beginning its tradition of hosting an outdoor game to start the new calendar year.

It will be the fifth NHL regular-season outdoor game for the Bruins and the second time the Winter Classic has been played at Fenway Park, home of Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox. The Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime on Jan. 1, 2010, to win the third Winter Classic.

The St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 6-4 at Target Field in Minneapolis on Jan. 1 to win the 2022 Winter Classic.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Colorado Avalanche
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Penguins F Evgeni Malkin gets hearing for crosscheck to face

April 11, 2022, 3:38 PM

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward and three-time All-Star Evgeni Malkin faces a hearing with the league Monday evening following a crosscheck to the face of Nashville's Mark Borowiecki.

The incident occurred Sunday during the Penguins' 3-2 win over the visiting Predators. Malkin was issued a double-minor for high sticking after drawing blood, avoiding a match penalty on the play. Borowiecki was given a two-minute minor for slashing.

It's expected the two-time Art Ross Trophy winner will be suspended multiple games.

Malkin, 35, was suspended once before, earning a one-game ban in 2019 for swinging his stick at the head of Michael Raffl, then of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Malkin has 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 37 games played this season. He has 1,141 career points (441 goals, 700 assists) over his 16-year career with the Penguins. He was selected No. 2 overall in the 2004 draft.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Sidney Crosby (illness) among 3 scratched by Penguins

April 7, 2022, 11:10 PM

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain and leading scorer Sidney Crosby is one of three Pittsburgh players who will miss Thursday's game against the Rangers at New York because of illness.

Also out because of illness are defenseman John Marino and forward Radim Zohorna.

According to the Penguins, the illnesses are not related to COVID-19.

Crosby, the eight-time All-Star and two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner, has 72 points (26 goals, 46 assists) in 59 games in his 17th NHL season.

Marino is in his third NHL season, all with Pittsburgh. He has 24 points (one goal, 23 assists) in 71 games.

Zohorna, in his second season, has chipped in two goals and four assists in 17 games.

Pittsburgh (41-20-10, 92 points) trails second-place New York (45-20-6, 96 points) in the Metropolitan Division, making their game Thursday crucial for playoff positioning.

--Field Level Media

NHL: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins
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Penguins sign F Lukas Svejkovsky to entry-level deal

April 5, 2022, 6:58 PM

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The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Lukas Svejkovsky to a three-year, entry-level contract that would pay him about $860,000 per season at the NHL level.

Svejkovsky, 20, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Penguins in 2020.

He has spent the past four seasons in the Western Hockey League and has career highs in goals (32), assists (41) and points (73) in 55 games this season between the Seattle Thunderbirds and Medicine Hat Tigers.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Penguins have signed forward Lukas Svejkovsky to a three-year, entry-level contract.<br> <br>The contract will begin in the 2022.23 season and run through 2024.25. His deal carries an average annual value of $859,167 at the NHL level.<br><br>Details: <a href="https://t.co/pXxlYE2p24">https://t.co/pXxlYE2p24</a> <a href="https://t.co/qdqnYyuRYa">pic.twitter.com/qdqnYyuRYa</a></p>&mdash; Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) <a href="https://twitter.com/penguins/status/1511405040556290056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 5, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

A Tampa, Fla., native, he is the son of Jaroslav Svejkovsky, who played 113 career NHL games from 1996-2000 with the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Minnesota Wild at New York Rangers
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Rangers acquire F Maxim Letunov from Hurricanes

March 28, 2022, 7:06 PM

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The New York Rangers acquired former second-round draft pick Maxim Letunov on Monday, sending Tarmo Reunanen to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Letunov, 26, played in three NHL games in 2019-20 with the San Jose Sharks. The forward scored a goal in his short stay. He was the 52nd overall draft pick by the St. Louis Blues in 2014.

Reunanen, 24, has just four games of NHL experience with the Rangers last season. The defenseman, who was a fourth-round draft pick by the Rangers in 2016, had an assist in 53 minutes of ice time.

--Field Level Media