The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Florida Panthers experienced very bitter games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday. Both teams initially took the lead with two and three goals respectively and still gave up the possible victory. The Penguins also had to deal with their superstar’s injury Sidney Crosby cope. The opening goal brought no luck to the Dallas Stars either. They lost to the Calgary Flames.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers 3:5 (1:0/2:3/0:2)
The Pittsburgh Penguins missed the opportunity to qualify for the second round of the playoffs with a win. They lost 5-3 in New York. Pittsburgh got off to a better start and took the lead in the 11th minute through Jake Güntzel. In the second part of the game, more precisely in the 28th minute, increased Kris Letang after preliminary work by Evgeni Malkin (2 assists) even to 2:0. After that, however, the Penguins gave up their good starting position.
Video: 3 goals in the 2nd period give Rangers the win
Adam Fox, Alexis Lafreniere and Jacob Trouba needed only 162 seconds to turn the game to a 3:2 between the 36th and the 38th minute with three goals. At first, Pittsburgh wasn’t impressed and reacted only 13 seconds later with the 3:3 Jake Guentzel. In the last part of the game, however, everything went against Pittsburgh.
The Penguins had to go without their superstar Sidney Crosby cope, who was taken out of the game in the second period due to an upper body injury. “Obviously you don’t want anyone to get hurt and of course ‘Sid’ is a really important player for us,” said Teddy Blueger, the Penguins forward. Still, he didn’t want to use that as an excuse: “Over the course of the year we’ve played without him and done pretty well. We’re struggling with injuries so I don’t think it’s something we can’t overcome.”
Nevertheless, everything went against Pittsburgh after that. Filip Chytil scored in the 43rd minute for Rangers on a power play to make it 4:3. Made the final decision Ryan Lindgren, who chipped the ball into the empty net from deep inside his own zone with 16 seconds remaining. “We believe in our group,” said Lafrenière. “We were 3-1 down (in the series) but I don’t think we played that badly. We played a really good game tonight when it was necessary. It was a really good team effort.” The two-time Penguins goalscorer Guentzel, on the other hand, was realistic and said: “The fourth win is always the most difficult.”
Washington Capitals @ Florida Panthers 3:5 (1:0/2:3/0:2)
The Florida Panthers have shown comeback qualities and won the game against the Washington Capitals despite being 3-0 down at one point. TJ Oshie gave Washington the lead in the 8th minute. Build in the second period of play Justin Schultz and Oshie again took the lead with their goals in the 23rd and 24th minutes. However, the Panthers were not discouraged by the poor start and turned up the heat from that point on.
Carter Verhaeghe, Patric Hornqvist and Sam Reinhart equalized the score with their goals between the 27th and 35th minute. In the third period (44th minute), Verhaeghe completed a quick counterattack with the goal to make it 4:3. Made the final score 5:3 Claude Girouxwho in the 56th minute with a feint the opposing goalie Ilya Samsonov got out and put the puck into the goal to make it 5:3. “Things are going pretty well for me and the team at the moment,” said Verhaeghe. “We’re 3-2 up. We have two chances to win another game so it’s looking pretty good.”
Video: Panthers win Game 5 by 5 goals in a row
The Capitals’ Oshie, meanwhile, said: “Obviously you don’t want to be 3-2 down, especially when we felt we had a chance to go 3-1 up in the last game. But we have one Veteran group, bunch of guys with a lot of character. We’re a little upset tonight, but tomorrow we’ll wake up, go home and get back to work.”
Dallas Stars @ Calgary Flames 1:3 (0:0/1:0/0:3)
The Calgary Flames defeated the Dallas Stars in front of their home crowd and can now make it through to the next round in Game 6 away. However, the opening goal went to the guests from Dallas in the second half of the game. Jason Robertson got the puck in the 34th minute on the boards, immediately moved in towards the goal and scored from close range to make it 1-0. Overall, however, the stars did not get enough shots with only 21 shots on goal. The Flames kept the opposing goalkeeper busy Jake Oettinger with 32 degrees significantly more often and were rewarded for it in the third third.
Mikael Backlund faked a shot from in front of goal in the 47th minute Andrew Mangiapane unsustainable into the goal to compensate. In the 51st minute, it was Mangiapane himself who benefited from backlund’s work and scored the opening goal from medium distance to make it 2-1. made the decision Trevor Lewiswho scored 58 seconds before the end of the game in the empty net to make it 3-1.
Video: Three goals in a row bring Flames victory in Game 5