NEW YORK — Goalie Louis DomingueHe was the hero Pittsburgh PenguinsAfter entering the game in the second overtime, he won Game 1 and stopped 17 of his shots. In Game 2 on Thursday night, there was no ending to the story — only a 5-2 defeat to the opposition New York RangersYou can even get their Eastern Conference opening series at 1-1
Domingue conceded five goals on 40 shots. He was forced to make the playoffs after sustaining injuries to his regular-season starting goalie. Tristan Jarry(broken foot) Casey DeSmithDomingue, the team's Game 1 starting pitcher who Domingue replaced in double overtime after DeSmith was injured in the lower body.
After the game, Mike Sullivan, Penguins coach, and Domingue, a 30-year old NHL journeyman, were quick to support Domingue.
Louis was solid. He made some huge saves. He gives us a chance. He's going to be there competing,” stated Sullivan.
Domingue surrendered the first goal of the game at 6:50 in the first period. Rangers forward Andrew CoppOn a one-timer at the slot. He surrendered deflection goals by Ryan Strome Chris KreiderThe second period was completed. Domingue's fourth goal for the Rangers was Domingue’s worst of the night. Artemi Panarindeflected a shot from Penguins defenseman Mike MathesonDomingue and the rest. Frank VatranoThe scoring was completed with a shot on the wing that beat Domingue, after Vatrano went through a Matheson check.
Captain Penguins stated, “The fourth one wasn't a good bounce, but a couple tips there.” Sidney Crosby. “I thought that he was solid. I thought he was solid, especially when there was a one or two goal difference. This kept us in the game.
Defenseman Marcus PetterssonDomingue was praised for his effort after the match.
“Especially in the second period. Pettersson said that he kept it close for us, with 17 shots from the Rangers in the middle frame.
The Penguins take on the Rangers Saturday night back home in Pittsburgh. Domingue might be their starting goalie. DeSmith is currently unable to skate due to a lower-body injury. Jarry has not yet resumed skating. Pittsburgh was also without a defenseman Brian DumoulinSullivan stated that Sullivan is currently out of Game 2 with a lower-body injury.
“We can find many positives in life.” [from Game 2]. We were good tonight at 5-on-5, and I think we did a decent job. We need to improve on special teams on both sides,” stated Sullivan. The Rangers were 1-for-4 in the power play, while the Penguins were 0-for-2.
Crosby indicated that Game 3 will be about getting off to a good start. The Rangers scored their first goal of the game before the 10 minute mark in the first period. This was Crosby's second consecutive win.
It's the playoffs. There will be swings of momentum. But I think that both games have seen improvements over time. “We just need to find a better way to get out of these gates,” he stated.