The Rangers and the Penguins played a fairly fast paced game, one that was pretty entertaining actually. The Pens dominated the first two periods, then their defense took a nap in the third and the Rangers poured it on. The teams traded chances in the third, which ended with Evgeni Malkin missing on a penalty shot with ten seconds remaining, forcing overtime. Was a fun period.
But in the end, you can’t match the Penguins in 3-on-3 hockey. It’s really not fair. Can you tell I expected them to lose? Hah. Sorry. I forgot I wrote that and didn’t proof read!
Alex Georgiev played very well in net, but he will want that Carl Hagelin wrap around back. Casey DeSmith wasn’t so bad either. In a game where the teams really traded chances, the goalies played very well. The teams traded chances. It was open. it was fun hockey. Sure, there was some sloppy play too, but this was the most entertaining game I’ve seen this team play in a long, long time.
On to the goals:
Pens 1, Rangers 0
Bad Brady. Bad, bad Brady.
Pens 2, Rangers 0
Two goals in 55 seconds for the Penguins, now it's 2-0 pic.twitter.com/68k8NHY0BZ
— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) March 15, 2018
Riley Sheahan found the seam between the defense, and Kris Letang had his head up the whole way. Letang places his shot perfectly, and Sheahan got the tip.
Pens 2, Rangers 1
This powerplay goal begins with the retrieval low and the outlet to Neal Pionk at the point. Pionk made a nice pass to Pavel Buchnevich, who put the puck on net. Chris Kreider was in front untouched, and got a whack at the rebound.
Rangers 2, Pens 2
The Penguins were a mess in the third period. The Rangers really owned that period. This goal was the culmination of that, as Marc Staal put the puck in the slot on Jesper Fast’s stick, who deflected it over DeSmith’s glove for the equalizer.
Pens 3, Rangers 2
This is one Georgiev wants back.
Rangers 3, Pens 3
Chris Kreider absolutely blew by Kris Letang on the powerplay rush, getting the puck to the slot for Mika Zibanejad for the finish. You know you’re fast when you make Letang look slow.
Rangers 4, Pens 3
— Fitz (@FitzGSN_) March 15, 2018
Three on three hockey is fun. This time Kreider drew two guys, then dished to Zibanejad with a ton of room. He beat DeSmith, off the post, off his back, nothing but net.
I know. Fuel the tank. But it’s fun beating the Penguins. I will never get tired of it. Let’s enjoy this one."That was the most fun I've had watching hockey in a while",