Many good signs in 3-0 win over Penguins

Apr 7, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) brings the puck up ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) brings the puck up ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 7, 2022; New York, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Anthony Angello (57) and New York Rangers defenseman K’Andre Miller (79) are separated by linesman Kory Nagy (97) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2022; New York, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Anthony Angello (57) and New York Rangers defenseman K’Andre Miller (79) are separated by linesman Kory Nagy (97) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

About the game

The Rangers came out shooting with Tristan Jarry stopping a point blank shot from Ryan Strome.  Most of the period was played cautiously by both teams with neither squad looking to make a mistake that could open the scoring. The shots were 10-9 Rangers after one period with each team missing on one power play opportunity. The best opportunity for the Rangers was a rush by Filip Chytil and Teddy Blueger had the best shot for the Penguins that was stopped by Shesterkin.

The Blueshirts made quick work of the scoreless tie when Frank Vatrano scored just 24 seconds into the second period.

The breakout was made by Adam Fox who fired a pass to Chris Kreider who received the pass, but was under pressure.  The puck slid to Mika Zibanejad behind the net who made a deft pass to Vatrano who was open in front.

The Penguins took a long look at the goal, but chose to not challenge for goalie interference.  Kreider definitely made contact with Jarry, but he was upended into the crease by Kris Letang.

At 9:47, it was the Strome line that got on the scoreboard. This time it was Trouba who made the outlet pass to Andrew Copp who fed Panarin in the slot for the shot.

Panarin’s backhand beat Jarry and the Rangers were up 2-0.

The third period was scoreless except for an empty net goal by Dryden Hunt, but there was a lot of chippy play that started with Anthony Angello’s hit on Tyler Motte.  Motte was bent over and defenseless when Angello laid him out.  Both teams wrestled with each other, but it was the Penguin who took the penalty.

Later in the period it was Evgeni Malkin and Barclay Goodrow who squared off.  Mike Matheson jumped in and there were some punches thrown.  Both Goodrow and Malkin ended up in the penalty box while inexplicably, Matheson got nothing.

Shesterkin did his best work in the third period as the Penguins had a late power play and then pulled their goalie.

Nothing got through and the game ended with both teams milling about with a lot of taunting going on.

It was a rock solid win for the Blueshirts.   Here is a full video recap of the game: