A recap of the New York Rangers recreation in opposition to the Pittsburgh Penguins

January 22, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defender Kris Letang (58) skates the puck while New York Rangers left wing Phillip Di Giuseppe (33) defends in the second round at PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh won 4-3 on a penalty shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

This was a game the New York Rangers could have won. It was a game the Rangers should have won. It was a game the Rangers controlled in two periods, but in the end it was a game the Rangers lost by a goal in the last two minutes of the game. That Rangers loss falls right on the shoulders of their alleged number one goalkeeper. Igor Shesterkin allowed two questionable goals in the third period that derailed the team’s efforts.

The Rangers took a one-goal lead in the third half before a sharp angle from Jared McCann surprised Shesterkin to tie the game. In less than two minutes, the penguins gained control of the puck and stepped out of a slot. Shesterkin was in the perfect position to hold the puck, but his grip on his stick was loose and the weight of the shot penetrated through him into the net.

The Rangers took the lead with goals from Colin Blackwell and Ryan Strome on both breaks, but were answered by the Penguins in the following periods by Bryan Pust and Jared McCann before Jake Guentzel sealed the victory for Pittsburgh 1:31 in the third half . The Rangers pulled Shesterkin and pressed in the last 90 seconds, which culminated in a miss
A timer that sealed the team’s fate.

The good news from the game is that the team was able to limit the penguins to just 19 shots. The Rangers were also able to control the possession game with a Corsi For rating of 50.54% and a dramatic turn at the time. The Rangers won 50.94% of the game’s draws, led by Ryan Strome (12-6) and Brett Howden (7-5). The Rangers also played a disciplined game with no penalties imposed during competition.

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