Both the Rangers and Penguins were shorthanded Thursday after 106 minutes of playoff hockey took their toll two nights earlier.
Unsurprisingly, Ryan Lindgren was sidelined with a lower body injury, causing the defender to get in and out in Game 1, but Rangers were also without Barclay Goodrow in a 5-2 win over the Penguins in Game 2 their playoff series at the Garden.
Goodrow suffers from a lower body injury week in and week out, Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant revealed after winning the series. Gallant wouldn’t say when Goodrow can return, which isn’t an encouraging sign.
Lindgren, a top pair defender, and Goodrow are key penalty killers for Rangers. Still, Rangers managed to go two-for-two on penalties.
“They’re two good hockey players,” Gallant said of Braun and Hunt. “They fight and play hard. Of course you’re missing two top players, but that’s how it is in the playoffs. You’re missing a few too. You grind and fight your way through as best you can.”
The Penguins were left to their third goalie, Louis Domingue, after Casey DeSmith left in second overtime in Game 1 with a lower body injury. Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry suffered a broken foot late in the regular season.
Domingue parried 35 of the 40 shots he faced in the second playoff game of his career.
“He made some big saves, especially when it was a difference of a goal or two that kept us going,” said Sidney Crosby. “He goes there and gives us a chance. It would have been nice to give him a little help there and tie it up and see what happened.”
The Penguins were also without defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who struggles with a daily lower body injury, and Rickard Rakell.
After taking a big hit from Lindgren in the first half of Game 1, Rakell headed to the dressing room and stayed there for the remainder of the Penguins’ 4-3 Triple OT win.
Chris Kreider has been named as Rangers’ nominee for the 2021 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded to “the player who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and has made a notable humanitarian contribution to his community.”
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