Rangers takeaways from 5-2 Game 2 win over Penguins, including Artemi Panarin's three-point night

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Rangers celebrate goal in Game 2 of First Round
Rangers celebrate goal in Game 2 of First Round

The Rangers handled their home ice and didn’t need overtime to do it, as they took down the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 in Game 2 to tie the first round series at one apiece.

Takeaways from the game

1) Artemi Panarin had a rough Game 1, as his passes weren’t working and some chances were blown. Well, he made up for it here. He had a hand in three of the five goals for New York, assisting on two and knocking an intended pass off a Penguins stick that found the back of the nets for his first goal of the playoffs.

2) New York got on the board first thanks to a well-timed pass from Panarin to Andrew Copp working his way to the slot. He got it past Louie Domingue, who started in net for Pittsburgh with Casey DeSmith out.

3) The Rangers didn't find themselves on the power play since the first period of Game 1. But when they got a call in the second period, they capitalized. It was Ryan Strome potting his first of the playoffs with assists from Panarin and Adam Fox.

4) Still in the second, Chris Kreider did what he does best: find a way to get the puck in the net. Frank Vatrano ripped a shot from the high point and he deflected it perfectly to get past Domingue, his second of the playoffs.

5) The Sidney Crosby-Jake Guentzel dynamic duo continued to get things done for the Penguins. They both scored, with Guentzel scoring in the first to make it a 1-1 game, with Crosby assisted on that one. Then, Crosby had a tough goal in front of Igor Shesterkin, finding the five hole to get his first of the playoffs.

6) But the third period was all Rangers and the doors were blown off. Panarin had that lucky bounce off a Penguins stick to make it 4-2, and then Vatrano wristed one from the right side to snipe home his first of the playoffs.

7) Shesterkin didn't have 79 saves in this one, but he was still rock solid. He finished with 39 saves on the night.

There was a situation however with 2:04 left in the third period where Jeff Carter checked Shesterkin, who was just outside of his crease. Shesterkin was down in considerable pain but finished out the game in net. Carter was ejected to the sound of massive booing from the MSG faithful.

Three Stars: Artemi Panarin (1st), Igor Shesterkin (2nd), Frank Vatrano (3rd)

Highlights

What's Next

The Rangers and Penguins now go to Pittsburgh for Game 3 on Saturday at 7 p.m.