The Pittsburgh Penguins took a regulation loss to the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden tonight. Despite this being the case, the Penguins must be happy with their performance given that most of their stars were out of the lineup. Tristan Jarry had an incredible debut stopping 22 out of the 25 shots he faced, perhaps his most memorable of the night was his first one. Penguins Forward Nick Bonino opened the scoring between the teams with an even-strength goal at 9:16 of the first, assisted by Dominik Simon and Phil Kessel. The latter just extended his iron-man streak after playing another full 82 game season, his second with the Penguins. Ryan McDonagh tied it up at 13:54 of the 1st. With 18:17 elapsed on the 1st Jean-Sebastien Dea took the box for a hooking against McDonagh, and the Rangers capitalized on that with a Derek Stephan slapshot that beat Jarry.
With the 2nd underway, Jarry shined playing the puck behind his net. The rookie goalkeeper took away good chances by the Rangers to keep up with Hellberg on the other crease who had a stellar showing as well. The lone goal in this period was at 13:38 from Carter Rowney, this was Rowney’s third goal of the season. The Penguins got the goal when they had just shot on net three times, however, it was the only goal of the period.
The last 20 minutes of the regular season only brought one goal. It was Jimmy Vesey backhand at 7:23 who got the game in favor of the Rangers, with an assist by Mika Zibanejad. The Penguins made a solid effort to counter as they pulled Tristan Jarry from his crease to give the club the man advantage. Without being able to capitalize on the situation, the Penguins fell to the Rangers and wrapped the season up and are ready for their Playoff run against Colombus. Game 1 will be Wednesday, April 12th in Pittsburgh.
-44 goals in the season make Sidney Crosby the top Rocket contender.
-Tristan Jarry looked solid in his NHL debut, he looked confident in net and ready for the NHL.
-Get ready for the playoffs with the schedule for Round 1:
“Didn’t think I’d get another chance. Pucks found back of net more. 44 typically isn’t enough, but worked out” – Sidney Crosby on the Rocket