PITTSBURGH — How many times can the New York Rangers dig on their own into a gap and climb again out?

At least one particular more, as of Friday night time.

The Blueshirts came out flat in a acquire-or-go-home circumstance at PPG Paints Arena, but stormed back from a two-objective deficit for the next consecutive game. Mika Zibanejad capped the 5-3 win in opposition to the Penguins in Recreation 6 of their initial-spherical playoff sequence with Chris Kreider scoring the decisive target with 1:28 remaining, sending the collection back to Madison Sq. Back garden for Activity 7 on Sunday.

The Penguins ended up actively playing devoid of star forward Sidney Crosby, who sat out soon after struggling an upper-physique damage in Recreation 5, which ESPN’s Emily Kaplan claimed was a concussion.

New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and center Mika Zibanejad (93) celebrate a goal by Kreider against Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Louis Domingue.

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The Rangers expended much of the 1st interval pinned in their very own zone. Their tries to apparent the puck were being futile and missing function, which would typically end result in the Penguins regaining possession rapidly.

Eventually, it came back to bite them.

You couldn’t blame Igor Shesterkin for the initial one. The Vezina and Hart Trophy finalist stopped three consecutive photographs on that sequence, but the fourth was a backhanded rebound from Jeff Carter that created it 1- at the 14:12 mark.

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