Jarry bounces back, Penguins defeat Rangers for first win in three games


NEW YORKKris Letang was one of four Pittsburgh Penguins players with a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Radim Zohorna, Jason Zucker and Evan Rodrigues each matched Letang’s production, and Tristan Jarry made 22 saves for the Penguins (25-13-2). The Penguins allowed 15 goals in their previous two games, an 8-4 loss here Tuesday and 7-5 against the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Jarry was pulled after one period on Tuesday.

Adam Fox had an assist to extend his point streak to 12 games (three goals, 19 assists) and Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves for the Rangers (18-16-5). The Rangers’ four-game point streak (3-0-1) and Artemi Panarin‘s streak of four straight multi-point games ended. 

Zohorna gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 6:26 of the first period, scoring with a backhand-forehand deke after driving to the net with a power move around Libor Hajek.

The Rangers tied it 1-1 on Colin Blackwell‘s power-play goal at 2:02 of the second period. He scored with a one-timer from the right hash marks that came off a pass from Pavel Buchnevich.

The Penguins regained the lead, 2-1, at 3:23 on Letang’s goal off a shot from the top of the right circle that deflected off Chris Kreider‘s stick and found its way through traffic past Shesterkin.

Rodrigues scored off a pass from Zohorna 10 seconds into a power play at 11:28 of the second to give Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead.

Jarry made a glove save on Kreider’s penalty shot at 17:59 of the second. 

Zucker scored with a backhanded shot through Shesterkin’s legs at 10:29 of the third to make it 4-1.

Kevin Rooney scored off a pass from Fox at 13:48 of the third period to make it 4-2.

Mark Jankowski scored into the empty net at 18:29 for the 5-2 final.

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