Panarin, Vatrano help Rangers beat Penguins 5-2 in Game 2

Artemi Panarin and Frank Vatrano each had a goal and two assists and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 in Game 2 on Thursday night to even the best-of-seven first-round series.

Associated Press

May 6, 2022, 2:16 AM

Updated 769 days ago

Share:

Panarin, Vatrano help Rangers beat Penguins 5-2 in Game 2
NEW YORK (AP) - Artemi Panarin and Frank Vatrano each had a goal and two assists and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 in Game 2 on Thursday night to even the best-of-seven first-round series.
Chris Kreider, Andrew Copp and Ryan Strome also scored for the Rangers. Igor Shesterkin made 39 saves two nights after stopping 79 shots in a triple-overtime loss in Game 1.
Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins. Louis Domingue, getting the start after replacing the injured Casey DeSmith in the second overtime of Game 1, finished with 34 saves.
Game 3 is Saturday night in Pittsburgh.
With the Rangers leading 3-2 after 40 minutes, the Penguins came out strong in the third period with the first nine shots on goal. Shesterkin stopped a tip by Bryan Rust and then made a diving save to deny a slap shot by Evgeni Malkin in the opening minute of the period. Shesterkin also stopped a slap shot by Guentzel 3 1/2 minutes in and then had a diving save on Crosby's deflection nearly 30 seconds later.
Panarin then extended the lead to 4-2 when his centering pass from beyond the goal line deflected off Penguins defenseman Mike Matheson and past Domingue at 8:02.
Vatrano gave the Rangers a three-goal lead when he got around Matheson in the right circle, skated in and beat Domingue inside the right post at 9:49.
Shesterkin was down on the ice for several minutes following a collision with Pittsburgh's Jeff Carter as the goalie was trying to get back in position from behind the net with about two minutes left.
The Rangers took a 2-1 lead during a power play early in the second period when Adam Fox's slap shot through traffic was deflected by Strome in front and through Domingue's skates at 2:59.
Minutes later, the Penguins had an odd-man rush but ust fired a shot wide off the end boards, and Crosby's sharp-angle attempt from the left side on the rebound was kicked aside by Shesterkin. That got the Madison Square Garden crowd, roaring since Strome's go-ahead goal, to break out in chants of “I-gor! I-gor!”
Kreider pushed the Rangers' lead to 3-1. He deflected Frank Vatrano's point shot past Domingue for his second goal of the series at 7:54.
Crosby pulled the Penguins within one on a rush as he scored from the middle on the rebound of Bryan Rust's backhander with 1:26 left in the middle period.
The Rangers outshot the Penguins 14-11 in a fast-paced and physical first period.
Copp got the Rangers on the scoreboard first again as he got a pass from Panarin and quickly fired a shot past Domingue from the inside edge of the right circle at 6:50. It was his second goal of the series.
Guentzel tied it with his third of the series after a turnover by the Rangers in the neutral zone. Guentzel got the rebound of a shot by Marcus Pettersson in front and fired a slap shot past Shesterkin at 8:52.
MILESTONES
Guentzel scored his 29th career postseason goal, tying Boston's Brad Marchand for the third-most since 2017. Only Tampa Bay's Brayden Point (37) and Washington's Alex Ovechkin (30) have more in that time. ... Crosby's assist on Guentzel’s first-period goal gave him 125 points to move past Sergei Fedorov (124) for eighth place on the NHL list. Crosby is one behind Jarri Kurri (127) for seventh. ... Kreider played in his 82nd postseason game, tying Brian Leetch for the eighth most in franchise history. ... Kreider's goal gave him 42 career playoff points, tying Jean Ratelle for 14th place in franchise history.
LINEUPS
Rangers D Ryan Lindgren (lower body injury) and F Barclay Goodrow (undisclosed injury) were out. Lindgren was a game-time decision but did not play. They were replaced by D Justin Braun and LW Dryden Hunt.
The Penguins were without RW Rickard Rakell, who left in the first period of Game 1, and D Brian Dumoulin. LW Drew O'Connor and D Mark Friedman returned to the lineup. LW Jason Zucker (lower-body injury) took part in pregame warmups but did not play.


More from News 12
1:49
STORM WATCH: Sunny, warm and humid today for Brooklyn; tracking steamy conditions, thunderstorms for Friday

STORM WATCH: Sunny, warm and humid today for Brooklyn; tracking steamy conditions, thunderstorms for Friday

2:00
NYPD identifies 86-year-old man fatally struck by DOT truck in Bay Ridge

NYPD identifies 86-year-old man fatally struck by DOT truck in Bay Ridge

1:45
Police release identity of teen killed in fight at Canarsie shopping center

Police release identity of teen killed in fight at Canarsie shopping center

0:30
Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication

Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication

1:09
Paddle up along the Brooklyn Bridge: Pickleball courts coming next spring

Paddle up along the Brooklyn Bridge: Pickleball courts coming next spring

0:20
New York settles with Juul for $112 million over youth vaping epidemic

New York settles with Juul for $112 million over youth vaping epidemic

0:30
NYPD releases photos of 2 suspects wanted in connection to shooting of teen in Flatbush

NYPD releases photos of 2 suspects wanted in connection to shooting of teen in Flatbush

0:24
Police: 46-year-old man shot in the leg in Boerum Hill; 2 people in custody

Police: 46-year-old man shot in the leg in Boerum Hill; 2 people in custody

0:34
New York state legislation could allow schools to cancel class on 'extreme heat’ days

New York state legislation could allow schools to cancel class on 'extreme heat’ days

1:52
Antisemitic vandalism attack targets home of Brooklyn Museum director

Antisemitic vandalism attack targets home of Brooklyn Museum director

0:28
NYPD: 18-year-old woman fatally stabbed in Canarsie

NYPD: 18-year-old woman fatally stabbed in Canarsie

1:59
MTA announces czar to oversee G Train project

MTA announces czar to oversee G Train project

1:51
Tower Isle's patties continues to fill New Yorkers

Tower Isle's patties continues to fill New Yorkers

1:44
Police: Flatbush man charged with vandalizing statues at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church

Police: Flatbush man charged with vandalizing statues at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church

1:40
Brownsville students showcase passion for the arts at District 23 school

Brownsville students showcase passion for the arts at District 23 school

1:46
‘Violence is guaranteed in life’: One Brooklyn studio says self-defense leads to peace

‘Violence is guaranteed in life’: One Brooklyn studio says self-defense leads to peace

0:21
FDNY: 2 people injured in overnight fire in Brownsville

FDNY: 2 people injured in overnight fire in Brownsville

0:22
NYPD: 29-year-old man stabbed three times in East Flatbush; suspect at large

NYPD: 29-year-old man stabbed three times in East Flatbush; suspect at large

2:15
New York launches Mobile ID to digitize driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs. Here’s how to get it.

New York launches Mobile ID to digitize driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs. Here’s how to get it.

1:28
Garden Guide: This is why your plants are blooming better than usual this year

Garden Guide: This is why your plants are blooming better than usual this year