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A double from Kreider for the Rangers, who force the presentation of a 7th match


PITTSBURGH — Chris Kreider completed a brace at 6:32 in the third period and the Rangers defeated the Penguins 5-3 on Friday forcing Game 7 of the Pittsburgh-New York series in the first round.

Adam Fox spotted Mika Zibanejad at the entrance to the opposing zone. This one passed to Kreider, whose slap shot from the blue line was partially blocked by Louis Domingue – the high bound ended up behind him.

Andrew Copp added an empty-netter with 26.4 seconds on the clock.

The final match will be presented on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

“Nobody thought it was going to be easy,” Penguins defenseman Kristopher Letang said. They have a very good team.

“They have several talented guys who can score. We have to regroup, stay positive and get the job done.”

Zibanejad had himself hit the target twice and that in the middle period (in 1:16), after the goals of rivals Jeff Carter and Bryan Rust, in the first period.

“I’m proud of our tenacity,” said Kreider. It doesn’t matter if we are ahead or behind, we try to stay true to our style of play.

“We showed character,” added coach Gerard Gallant.

On the power play, Kreider’s first goal gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead at 1:48 into the second period. That was before Evgeni Malkin’s line, 2:48 later.

Fox finished the game with four assists.

Domingue made 33 saves, two more than Igor Shesterkin.

The Penguins were without captain Sidney Crosby.

Head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed it after morning practice.

Crosby left in Game 5 after being hit high by Jacob Trouba on Wednesday. He did not return to the meeting.

The Penguins limited themselves to saying that Crosby, a victim of concussions in the past, suffered an upper-body injury.

Author of two goals and seven assists, Crosby dominates the scorers of the series.




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