The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their lead in the Eastern Conference First Round. With a 7-2 triumph against the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at PPG Paints Arena on Monday.
In the Stanley Playoffs, Sidney Crosby scored a goal and contributed two assists for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are placed third in the Metropolitan Division. In 178 postseason games, Crosby has 71 goals and 129 assists.
Pittsburgh Penguins best-of-seven series
Thanks to Jake Guentzel’s goal and assists and Louis Domingue’s 22 saves. After surrendering six goals on 30 shots for the Rangers, the No. 2 seed in the Metropolitan, Igor Shesterkin, was replaced for the second consecutive game. In the third period, Alexandar Georgiev made ten saves.
The Pittsburgh Penguins scored four consecutive goals after Alexis Lafreniere scored his first career playoff goal. On the game’s opening shot at 2:06 of the first period. At 11:17, Crosby knotted it up 1-1 on a power play. Before Crosby slammed it across the line, Guentzel blocked a slap shot from Kris Letang that stuck beneath Shesterkin’s left pad. In the second period, Mike Matheson and Guentzel scored 24 seconds apart to establish
With a shot that bounced off Rangers forward Frank Vatrano’s skate at 3:14. Matheson put the Pittsburgh Penguins up 2-1, and Guentzel tapped in a feed from Bryan Rust at 3:38.
Crosby assisted Guentzel’s goal, giving him his 200th postseason point. He joins Wayne Gretzky (382), Mark Messier (295), Jari Kurri (233), Glenn Anderson (214). And Jaromir Jagr as the sixth player to accomplish the milestone (201).
With a wrist shot glove side at 11:22, Mark Friedman increased the advantage to 4-1. At 14:04, Adam Fox trimmed the lead to 4-2 by whirling in the left face-off circle for a shot that beat Matheson. At 18:53, Danton Heinen deflected a shot from Letang to make it 5-2. And at 19:28, Jeff Carter did the same on an image from Jason Zucker to make it 6-2.
Evgeni Malkin scored the 7-2 final on a backhand at 12:22 of the third period. Sullivan’s 44th playoff victory broke a tie with former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma for the most postseason wins in team history. Pittsburgh was without injured forward Rickard Rakell and defenseman Brian Dumoulin (lower-body injury). Crosby is behind Jaromir Jagr for seventh all-time in postseason points with 200. With 395 points, Wayne Gretzky sits at the top of the leaderboard.
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