Rangers defeat Pens; forcing game seven on Sunday

Rangers defeat Pens; forcing game seven on Sunday
Rangers defeat Pens; forcing game seven on Sunday
Rangers defeat Pens; forcing game seven on Sunday

After the Penguins took a 2-0 lead in the first period, the Rangers scored three goals in a row in the second.

The first two were donated by Mika Zibanejad. Evan Rodrigues scored a power-play goal in retribution for a cross-check by Rangers defenseman Ryan Lingren.

Less than two minutes later, Zibanejad scored his second goal. Kris Kreider gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead later in the third, but Evgeni Malkin leveled the game at three apiece to end the period.

Late in the third period, Kreider scored the game-winning goal on a rebound, and Andrew Copp added insurance with less than a minute remaining.

The game’s momentum changed back and forth during the game, according to Pens Head Coach Mike Sullivan, but he was displeased with the Pen’s special teams’ performance.

Brian Boyle left the game early due to an unspecified lower-body injury, and Sullivan remarked that while he will be missed on special teams, the team is trying to keep the “next man up” mentality alive.

In-game seven, which will be played Sunday night at 7:00 p.m., it’s now winning or go home for both sides.

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