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Triple OT, review drama, stars: Penguins - Rangers Game 1 had it all

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 03: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his game winning goal against the New York Rangers in the third overtime in Game One of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 03, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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You can’t ask for much more than what the Penguins and Rangers gave viewers as their Game 1 marathon stretched to triple overtime. Ultimately, Evgeni Malkin tipped in a shot past Igor Shesterkin to win it 4-3 (3OT).

Earlier in the contest, John Marino was one of the Penguins players who absorbed some big hits. He was the defenseman sending a shot to eventually get tipped by Malkin.

Game 1 of Penguins - Rangers began with controversial hit, physical play

After the Tom Wilson incident last season (which totally didn’t make the Rangers lose their minds), the Rangers hoped to be the vaunted team that’s tough for the Penguins “to play against” in Game 1 and beyond. During the first period, it sure looked that way.

The Rangers were all over the Penguins early on, including some hits that blurred the line.

Then there was a hit that seemed to leave Rickard Rakell injured. Should Ryan Lindgren have received a major penalty for his hit on Rakell, or was the video review on the mark by knocking it down to a minor?

Judge for yourself:

During that sequence, the Rangers arguably should’ve been whistled for another infraction on Jake Guentzel, who was shaken up.

Crosby, Guentzel help Penguins get back into Game 1 vs. Rangers

If Guentzel was banged up, he had a funny way of showing it. Especially during a dominant second period.

Crosby, Guentzel, and Bryan Rust piled up chances in the middle frame, with some especially beautiful plays from Crosby to Guentzel.

Beyond the goals, that duo really shredded New York. This tweet was from the second period:

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Impressive stuff. After a violent first period and a momentum-turning second, the Rangers and Penguins remained in a deadlock during the third of Game 1.

Of course, the Rangers likely believe that Game 1 shouldn’t have gone to OT, and that the Penguins shouldn’t have survived a goal review. Apparently, the review process leaned toward Kaapo Kakko being responsible for contact on Casey DeSmith. That contact nullified a would-be Filip Chytil go-ahead goal.

Check out the league’s explanation here.

Penguins beat Rangers 4-3 in triple OT of Game 1

With that would-be go-ahead goal nullified, the Rangers and Penguins went to overtime.

Then double overtime.

Yeah, this wasn’t just the first OT of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs (on day two), it was also the first multiple-overtime contest.

Through the first overtime period, the Rangers and Penguins traded shots. Things got even more interesting in double OT.

Suffering from what might have been a cramp, Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith needed to leave Game 1 about midway through the second overtime period. This really put Pittsburgh in a pickle, what with No. 1 goalie Tristan Jarry being injured.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 03: Louis Domingue #70 of the Pittsburgh Penguins comes in during the second overtime period to take over goaltending duties from Casey DeSmith #1 against the New York Rangers in Game One of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 03, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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So, in came journeyman goalie Louis Domingue. On the bright side, the 30-year-old Domingue’s at least experienced, having played 142 regular-season games and some spot playoff duty.

The less-bright side is that this is by no means a way of easing a third goalie into a situation. It had been more than four hours since Domingue last faced shots (during warmups) when he was thrown into the fire.

Domingue’s played for six different NHL franchises over his career, and has really bounced around the league (five teams in the last three years).

To Domingue’s credit, he handled shots right away, helping the Penguins force the Rangers to triple overtime in Game 1.

Domingue ended up making all 17 saves to help the Penguins grind out a memorable win over the Rangers. We’ll see how New York responds to a brutal setback, and how both teams handle the fatigue.


Game 1: Penguins 4, Rangers 3 (triple overtime)
Game 2: May 5, 7 p.m. ET - Penguins at Rangers (TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)
Game 3: May 7, 7 p.m. ET - Rangers at Penguins (TNT, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)
Game 4: May 9, 7 p.m. ET - Rangers at Penguins (ESPN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports)
*Game 5: May 11, TBD - Penguins at Rangers (TBD)
*Game 6: May 13, TBD - Rangers at Penguins (TBD)
*Game 7: May 15, TBD - Penguins at Rangers (TBD)

* if necessary

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.