Penguins stand by ‘solid’ Domingue after G2 loss

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NEW YORK — Goalie Louis Domingue was the hero of the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ Recreation 1 win, stopping all 17 pictures he confronted after coming into the sport in the course of the second additional time. However Thursday evening in Recreation 2, there have been no storybook endings — only a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers to even their Japanese Convention opening-round sequence at 1-1.

Domingue gave up 5 targets on 40 pictures. It was his first profession playoff begin, necessitated by accidents to regular-season beginning goalie Tristan Jarry (damaged foot) and Casey DeSmith, the group’s Recreation 1 starter whom Domingue changed in double additional time after DeSmith left with a lower-body damage.

Penguins gamers and coach Mike Sullivan had been fast to again Domingue, a 30-year-old NHL journeyman, after the sport.

“I assumed Louis was stable. I assumed he made some large saves. He is giving us an opportunity. He is competing in there,” Sullivan mentioned.

Domingue gave up the sport’s first aim at 6:50 of the primary interval to Rangers ahead Andrew Copp on a one-timer from the slot. He surrendered deflection targets by Ryan Strome and Chris Kreider within the second interval. The Rangers’ fourth aim was Domingue’s most irritating of the evening, as Artemi Panarin deflected a shot off of Penguins defenseman Mike Matheson and behind Domingue. Frank Vatrano accomplished the scoring with a shot from the wing that beat Domingue after Vatrano fought by way of a Matheson test.

“That fourth one was a foul bounce, a few ideas there,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby mentioned. “I assumed he was stable. I assumed he made some large saves, particularly when there was a one- or two-goal distinction, that saved us in it.”

Defenseman Marcus Pettersson referred to as Domingue’s effort “superior” after the sport.

“Particularly in that second interval. He saved it shut for us,” Pettersson mentioned, after the Rangers put up 17 pictures within the center body.

The Penguins face the Rangers on Saturday evening again in Pittsburgh. There’s an opportunity Domingue might be their beginning goalie once more. DeSmith is day-to-day together with his lower-body damage. Jarry has but to renew skating. Pittsburgh was additionally lacking defenseman Brian Dumoulin in Recreation 2, whom Sullivan mentioned is out with a lower-body damage.

“We will take loads of positives [from Game 2]. At 5-on-5 tonight, for probably the most half, I assumed we had been fairly good. The one space the place we have to get higher is on particular groups, on each side,” Sullivan mentioned. The Rangers had been 1-for-4 on the facility play whereas the Penguins had been 0-for-2.

Crosby mentioned one key for Recreation 3 will probably be getting a greater begin. For the second straight time, the Rangers scored the sport’s first aim earlier than the 10-minute mark of the primary interval.

“It is the playoffs. There are going to be swings of momentum. However I assumed that in each video games, as they’ve gone on, we have most likely gotten higher. We simply need to discover a approach to come out of the gates a little bit bit higher,” he mentioned.

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