Friday, December 2

Penguins beat Rangers in triple overtime in Game 1 of NHL playoffs


NEW YORK — Evgeni Malkin sent the Rangers home from Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Tuesday tired, disappointed and in need of a prompt, resilient response.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star ended a triple-overtime marathon at Madison Square Garden with a net-front deflection goal to hand the Blueshirts a bitter 4-3 loss and drop them into a 0-1 hole to begin the seven-game series. It came on the 83rd shot Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin saw after 105:58 of hockey.

“It was a great game by two teams,” head coach Gerard Gallant said. “It’s tough to lose like that, but we’ll get back on the horse and get ready for the next game.”

The Rangers started fast, then faded, then nearly won in regulation on a Filip Chytil goal that was disallowed due to goalie interference with 3:10 remaining. Gallant said it was “a 50-50 call” and refused to harp on it or use it as an excuse.

Instead, the message was to turn the page quickly and regroup for Game 2 at MSG at 7 pm Thursday.

Evgeni Malkin celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime against the New York Rangers.

“Take a look at the things that we did well and tighten up a couple of things,” Mika Zibanejad said. “We believe in each other in there. We trust each other in there, and we’re here for a reason. … Just keep playing our way.”

The Penguins stole home-ice advantage from the Rangers in heartbreaking fashion, despite playing the final 16:40 with third-string goalie Louis Domingue.




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