PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended the New York Rangers’ seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday at PPG Paints Arena.
Yevgeny Malkin and: Brian Rust scored a goal and Tristan Jarry made 26 saves for the Penguins (19-9-4), who have won eight of nine.
“We have a lot of respect for their team. “They’re a good hockey team,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “We’ve had a lot of close games against them the last couple of years. Every time we play them, they seem to accomplish one goal. It’s a big play here or there, a key play. That’s just nature. game”.
Video. [email protected] Crosby extends the Penguins lead on 3rd down
Chris Kreider scored twice, and Igor Shesterkin Made 21 saves for the Rangers (18-11-5), who have outscored opponents 32-14 in seven straight.
“I thought we played a great game,” New York coach Gerard Gallant said. “We worked hard. We competed hard. We came in here and played a really good team there. The game was over.”
The Rangers play the Penguins for the first time since overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate Pittsburgh in the first round of the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoffs last season.
“Every year is so different,” Kreider said. “I think two teams are fighting for a place in the playoffs in the same division. So it will always be competitive. There won’t always be a lot of time and space. It’s a good test for us tonight.”
After the Penguins fell behind 1-0 in the first period, Malkin tied it 1-1 on the power play at 14:24 of the second period, taking a pass from Crosby for a wrist shot from the top of the left circle. Malkin has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) through nine games.
Video. [email protected] Malkin ties the score with a PPG
Rust put Pittsburgh up 2-1 on another power play, deflecting a point shot. Pierre-Olivier Joseph at 19:47.
The Penguins are 13-for-35 (37.14 percent) and have scored at least one goal on the power play in nine straight games, their longest streak since 2013.
“We weren’t as good as we wanted to be in the first half,” Rust said. “We were not on our feet. We didn’t fight that hard. For some strange reason, we weren’t in the game we should have been. I think the power play goals really gave us a chance. the arm.”
At 8:40 of the third period, Crosby made it 3-1 with a forehand-to-backhand and a pass through the five-hole. Jake Guentzel for his 18th goal.
Kreider made the pass Vincent Trochek 2-on-1 for a wrist shot to make it 3-2 at 10:03.
“I had a lot of fight in the third,” Trocheck said. “I liked how we played for the most part, but there were a few shifts in the second and I feel like that goal in the third is where we need to tighten up.”
Video. [email protected] Kreider finishes off a nice layup from Trocheck
Kreider gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 22 seconds into the first period on their first shot of the game with a pass intended for Trocheck that went off the stick of a Penguins defenseman. Marcus Peterson. He had not scored a point in five of his previous six games after posting 23 points (13 goals, 10 assists) in his first 27 games this season.
New York hit the post three times Jimmy Vesey at 12:29 p.m. on the first, and Philip Chytil 3:26 into the second before Malkin’s tying goal.
“You have to have different games for every scenario,” said Jarry, who is 11-0-2 since Nov. 12. “Sometimes you won’t see a lot of shots. Just prepare for as many hits as you do. Get it, I think it’s important. Making sure you’re the best for everyone.”
NOTES: Penguins ahead Ryan Pauling left late in the third period with an upper-body injury. He continues to be evaluated, Sullivan said. … Pittsburgh forward Jason Zucker He returned from a lower-body injury on December 12 against the Dallas Stars. He was originally considered week-to-week. … Chytil played in the second period of Sunday’s 7-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks after suffering an upper-body injury. … Penguins ahead Josh Archibald did not play with a lower back injury. He was considered a game-time decision after missing practice on Monday.