NEW YORK (CBSNewYork / AP) – Kris Letang and Evan Rodrigues scored in the second half, and Pittsburgh Penguins beat New York Ranger Thursday 5-2 evening.
Radim Zohorna and Jason Zucker each scored an extra goal and an assist each, Mark Jankowski also scored, Letang and Rodrigues each also got an assist. Tristan Jarry made 22 blows to help Pittsburgh win on two skis.
The Penguins beat Rangers for the sixth time in eight games this season.
Colin Blackwell and Kevin Rooney scored for Rangers, 3-0-1 in their last four matches. Igor Shesterkin, starting the fifth straight match, made 27 saves.
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The Penguins have conceded 15 goals in their previous two games – a 7-5 defeat in Boston last Saturday and 8-4 here to Rangers on Tuesday night.
Zucker scored on a backhander with 9:31 remaining in the third inning which was Friday to give Penguins a 4-1 lead.
Rooney pulled Rangers in the second round with 6:12 left. Adam Fox pulled Jarry to the left side of the keeper as he slid past the goal line and swung it back in front and Rooney netted the opener.
Rangers pulled Shesterkin in to one more skater when there were just over two and a half minutes left, but Jankowski sealed it with an empty net a minute later to seal it.
Blackwell forced it at 1 at 2:02 of a second. With Rangers on the game’s second power play, Kaapo Kakko sent a pass to Pavel Buchnevich at the end of the right-hand circle, and Buchnevich passed it in front of Blackwell, who quickly beat Jarry for 11th place. .
Letang put Penguins back before 1:21 then when his pass forward the net to Bryan Rust, deflected Chris Kreider’s stick and past the foot of defender Ryan Lindgren and overtook Shesterkin. It is Letang’s seventh time.
During Penguins’ second power play in the game, Zohorna took a pass from Zucker below the left circle near the lime line and sent it in front of Rodrigues, who beat Shesterkin at 8:32 in the match. fifth to make it 3-1.
Penguin Crosby’s central star Sidney Crosby arrived late in the dressing room in the second season due to equipment problems, but was back on the ice rink in the third installment.
Kreider took a penalty 2:01 in the middle of the half, after he was knocked down by Cody Ceci after a challenge, but Jarry refused his attempt.
The Penguins were aggressive and overcame Rangers 13-5 in the first half, including 9-2 in the first 5 and a half minutes. Pittsburgh then went bankrupt on the 10th try.
After a long pass from Marcus Pettersson, Zohorna came up from the right, cut through the goal and beat Shesterkin from the left at 6:26 to score his second goal in four games this season.
RANGERS ARE VACCINATED
Rangers were able to get the COVID vaccine on Wednesday, and most of the players had.
“We are very fortunate to have that vaccine,” said defender Jacob Trouba. “It was obviously a crazy time. … Hopefully we can move on to a slightly more normal life in the near future. “
D John Marino returned to the Penguins squad after leaving Tuesday’s match in the third half with an undisclosed injury. He skipped training on Wednesdays, but was in on an optional Thursday morning.
Penguins continued uninjured at strikers Teddy Blueger, Evgeni Malkin, Kasperi Kapanen and Brandon Tanev. Coach Mike Sullivan said F Anthony Angelo was still on the taxi team because he didn’t travel with the team to New York for four games against Rangers and the New Jersey Devil due to an upper body injury.
Penguins F Jake Guentzel made an assist on Letang’s second goal to give him three assists and six points in a four-match streak. … Fox’s assists on Rooney’s goal extended his streak to 12 matches. He had 19 goals and 22 points in the match. … Rangers F Artemi Panarin has ended a series of 4 scoring matches, in which he has 4 goals and 7 assists.
Penguins: In New Jersey on Saturday night to open a series of two games.
Rangers: In New York Island on Friday night to open a series of two games.
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