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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Dantan Heinen’s first goal in the playoffs in three years just over the middle of the third period, which broke the draw and lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to victory over the New York Rangers 7-4 on Saturday night and won 2-1. lead in their Eastern Conference series of the first round.

Pittsburgh led by three goals in the first period, but recovered from third-tier goalkeeper Louis Domingue and Heinen, who jumped on a weak puck near the New York goal line and struck Alexander Georgiev 11:02 in the third to put the Penguins ahead to to stay.

Game 4 on Monday night in Pittsburgh.

Evan Rodriguez scored two goals and gave an assist in another for the Penguins, who won, despite the fact that none of the members of the top row of Sidney Crosby, Jake Gentzel and Brian Rust did not record a point until he recorded it empty gate Gunzel with a score of 2:14. Jeff Carter also scored twice for the Penguins, and Brock McGinn started scoring in the wild with his first goal in the playoffs.

Domingue made 32 saves and even recorded a assist in his second start of the playoffs. At the start of the third period, the 30-year-old swindler staged a barrage of stops with the Penguins on penalties to prepare the ground for Heinen’s heroic actions.

Kaap Kakko, Frank Vatrana, Artemiy Panarin and Andrew Kopp were killed for the Rangers. Georgiev finished with 19 saves with 20 shots, moving to the favorite of “Vezina Trophy” Igor Shesterkin, who was chased after conceding four goals in the first period.

The Penguins sent Shesterkin to the bench with a dazzling first period in which they scored four goals – two – by Rodriguez – only to immediately waste it with destruction in the second period, which culminated in a coup by defender Chris Letang, which led directly to a short hit Copa. passed a number that became equal to 4.

The Penguins earned a split in New York to start the series, drawing on Crosby, Gentzel and Rust to do most of the hard work. The trio scored five of Pittsburgh’s six goals at Madison Square Garden, the second – the winner of Eugene Malkin’s game in triple overtime in the first match.

However, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan insisted he liked the chances created by players on his star list. Opportunities finally turned into goals in the first period when Rodriguez regained a touch that was so easy in his stunning first half of the season when his products helped keep Pittsburgh afloat as he coped with the trauma and outbreak of COVID-19.

The teams exchanged goals in the opening 5 minutes before the Penguins defeated Shesterkin, throwing bodies and puck into the net with equal impact. Carter’s rebound ahead of Rodriguez’s strike put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1. Rodriguez made the score 3-1 as he followed his own punch, which hit the end boards, pounced on the rebound to beat Shesterkin. He increased the score to 4-1 when Brian Boyle’s check resulted in a turnaround, leaving Rodriguez alone in the slot.

The first playoff crowd in three years at PPG Paints Arena was in full swing as it praised Shesterkin – whose 118 combined saves in the first two games became an NHL record – chanting “IIIIIIIGOOORRR”.

Shesterkin remained on the bench to start the second period – only the third time he played just 20 minutes – and the Rangers responded with a massive push in front of Georgiev to play.

Second place in the playoffs Vatran with a score of 6:51 in the second pulled New York twice. Panarin’s second match in just 67 seconds made the game with one goal, and Kop tied the score, which seemed inevitable after Kevin Rooney took off Letang and rushed into the net. Domingue made the initial save, but Kopp scored a weak puck when the net was shifted and the Rangers equalized.

Notes. For the second game in a row, the Penguins played without D Brian Dumoulin (lower body injury). Forward Ricard Raquel also missed his second game in a row after leaving Game 1 after a header. … Pittsburgh G Tristan Jerry skated on Saturday morning, his first job on the ice after a foot injury in mid-April. … Rangers played without injury F Tyler Mott (upper body), F Barclay Goodrow (lower body) and D Ryan Lindgren (lower body).

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