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Artemi Panarin scores early in OT as Rangers win Game 7 over Pens

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May 15, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) take the opening face-off during the first period of game seven of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Artemi Panarin scored a power-play goal with 15:14 remaining in overtime and the New York Rangers outlasted the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 Sunday night in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

With 17:05 remaining, Pittsburgh’s Brock McGinn was called for holding on K’Andre Miller after losing the puck to the defenseman.

As time wound down on the man advantage, Panarin got a cross-ice pass from defenseman Adam Fox and lifted a wrist shot from the upper part of the left circle past goalie Tristan Jarry’s glove.

Panarin’s second career overtime playoff goal sent the Rangers into the second round against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Rangers won the final three games after being down 3-1.

Mika Zibanejad scored the tying goal with 5:45 in regulation and won a faceoff from Teddy Blueger that ultimately led to Panarin’s game-winner.

New York’s Igor Shesterkin made 42 saves.

Evan Rodrigues scored a shorthanded goal and Jake Guentzel and Danton Heinen scored power-play goals for Pittsburgh, which got Sidney Crosby back from an upper body injury.

Jarry made 26 saves in his return from a broken foot.

After Rodrigues flipped a backhander over Shesterkin with 2:36 remaining in the second, Zibanejad forged a 3-3 tie when his wrist shot from the near the right faceoff circle sailed over Jarry’s shoulder. It came after Andrew Copp kept the puck alive in the right corner.

The teams traded goals in a span of 65 seconds midway through the second. Guentzel gave the Penguins a 2-1 lead with 9:42 remaining when he batted the puck over Shesterkin after corralling the rebound of Bryan Rust’s shot at the right doorstep. Guentzel was originally credited with a goal and following a lengthy review with replay officials in Toronto, the call stood.

New York tied the game with 8:37 remaining when Miller’s blast from the right point caromed off Pittsburgh defenseman Mike Matheson’s stick and into the net.

Chris Kreider opened the scoring 7:36 in when he finished off a 2-on-1 with Zibanejad by lifting a slap shot from the right side over Jarry moments after New York defenseman Braden Schneider forced a neutral zone turnover.

The Penguins tied the game with 69 seconds left in the first when Heinen chipped the puck from the left side across the goal line. It came just before Fox could sweep the puck away after Jeff Carter’s pass deflected off Ryan Lindgren’s stick.

–Field Level Media