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New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) stops a shot on goal by Pittsburgh Penguins Jake Guentzel (59) during the third period of game 5 of a Stanley Cup first round playoff series NHL Hockey on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in New York. Rangers won 5-3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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NEW YORK — Unsatisfied with the way they played during two bad road losses that pushed them to the brink of elimination, the New York Rangers bounced back with a victory needed to continue their season.

Filip Chytil scored the game-clinching goal early in the third period and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Wednesday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

The Penguins were leading 2-0 in Game 5 of their first-round series against the New York Rangers when star center Sidney Crosby headed to the locker room with about seven minutes left in the second period.

A few minutes earlier, he had been thrown on the ice after a hard hit from Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba as the Penguins had the puck in the offensive zone. After he left, New York scored three times on three straight shots in a 2:42 span to take the lead.

When asked if he thought Trouba’s hit was intentional, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan simply replied: “Have you seen it? Then you probably have the same opinion as me.

Jacob Trouba and Alexis Lafrenière each had a goal and an assist, and Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren also scored for the Rangers. Igor Shesterkin, burned for 10 goals in three periods in the previous two games, made 27 saves.

“We weren’t happy with what happened in Pittsburgh,” said Chytil. “We just haven’t played all season (the) way we’ve played, just (to) lose games like this in Pittsburgh. So we had a good meeting, a good practice yesterday and we just believed today that we were going to win and we were going to go back to Pittsburgh.

Jake Guentzel scored twice and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh, which leads the best-of-seven series 3-2. Evgeni Malkin had two assists and Louis Domingue finished with 29 saves.

Penguins star Sidney Crosby left with about seven minutes left in the second period after taking a hard hit from Trouba in the offensive zone minutes earlier. He didn’t come back.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby has an upper-body injury and his condition is being assessed.

Game 6 is Friday in Pittsburgh, and a potential Game 7 tiebreaker would return Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

“We played a good 60 minutes” said Lafreniere. “We defended well and played a good all round game. We did well to remain calm. We have to go on and win the sixth game. We played a really good one when we needed it the most.

Rangers got their first power play of the night early in the third period and capitalized on it as Chytil got a pass from LafreniËre in the right circle, turned and fired a shot past Domingue to put Rangers on. ahead 4-3 at 2:53.

Lindgren sealed the victory with an empty net with 16 seconds left.

Letang extended the Penguins’ lead to 2-0 at 7:58 of the second as he got a cross pass from Malkin and fired a slap shot past Shesterkin on Pittsburgh’s first shot on goal of the period.

Rangers then took the lead, scoring on three straight shots 2:42 into the second.

Fox put Rangers on the scoreboard with 4:49 left as he placed the puck inside the blue line, skated slowly and fired a shot from the top of the right circle beyond Domingo’s shoulder.

“Once we scored that first goal, it was a big boost for our club,” said Rangers coach Gerard Gallant. “I felt really confident for today. You have to take one game at a time. We were down three games to one, today I felt really good in our team.

Lafrenière equalized 90 seconds later as he quickly unleashed a slap shot past a cross pass from Kaapo Kakko.

Trouba put Rangers ahead 1:12 later as he crossed the right circle and fired a backhand from the middle through Domingo’s skates.

“They pushed, we had a few extended shifts in the D zone, and we weren’t successful defensively,” said Sullivan. “We have an experienced group. We just have to keep playing the game. … We didn’t win the wall battles, we didn’t get any pucks out and as a result we had four or five minutes of extended play in the defensive zone. We just need to do a better job there.

The lead lasted just 13 seconds as Guentzel tied it with his second of the night and seventh in the series as he netted a cross pass from Malkin.

The Rangers outshot the Penguins 11-10 in the first period, mostly limited to outside shots.

The Penguins had a 5-on-3 power play early when Chris Kreider was called for cutting and Jacob Trouba for elbowing just 24 seconds into the game. Rangers held just two shots on goal during the advantage, Shesterkin making a nice save with the glove on Guentzel.

The Penguins took a 1-0 lead with 9 1/2 minutes to go as Guentzel grabbed the rebound from his own shot and sent a centered pass behind the goal line that deflected off Shesterkin’s leg and to the inside. It was his sixth goal of the series. .

LINE UP

Lindgren returned to the Rangers roster after missing the previous three games with an upper-body injury in Game 1 of this series. Rangers went with seven defenders and 11 forwards. Lindgren then left the field with an apparent injury early in the second period and headed to the locker room a few minutes later. He returned late in the period.

MILESTONES

Kreider played in his 85th career playoff game, tying Don Maloney for sixth place on the franchise roster.

TRACES

Guentzel scored for the fifth straight game, tying Jaromir Jagr (1996, 2000) and Kevin Stevens (1991) for the fourth-longest single postseason streak in franchise history. Mario Lemieux (seven times, six) has the top three. … Dr. Mike Matheson got an assist on Guentzel’s goal, extending his scoring streak to four games (one goal, five assists). … Fox (three goals, two assists) extended his point streak to five games.



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