The Pittsburgh Penguins are close to a Round 1 win over the New York Rangers in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs when the teams meet for Game 5 on Wednesday, May 11 (5/11/2022) at Madison Square Garden.
Game 4 of the series will air nationally at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, and in-market on MSG. It can be streamed live on fuboTV, Sling and other live TV services.
The Penguins are on a two-game winning streak after beating Rangers 7-2 in Game 4 on Monday night. The momentum is on their side, as are the record books, as the Penguins have won five of the seven previous postseason series between those teams.
While Game 3 seemed to indicate that the Rangers had improved by slowing down Pittsburgh’s top line of Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust, Game 4 painted a different picture. Crosby and Rust each scored a goal, but they know New York will fight tooth and nail to stay in the tournament on Wednesday.
“I think we know we have a lot of work to do,” Crosby told the NY Daily News. “When you’re in a game like that, you know next time you’re going to see the best from the other team.”
How to turn on.
What: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 Game
WHO: Penguins @ Rangers
When: Wednesday 11 May
From where: Madison Square Garden
time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: Nationwide on ESPN and in-market on MSG.
Channel finder: Verizon Fios, DirectTV stream, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimal/Altice, cox, DIRECTTV, court.
Live broadcast: fuboTV (FREE TRIAL), loop (FREE TRIAL), DirectTV stream, vidgo (FREE TRIAL), Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV (FREE TRIAL PHASE).
If Rangers win, the remaining schedule is:
- 5/13 Game 6 Rangers at Penguins if required, TBD
- 5/15 Play 7 Penguins at Rangers if required, TBD
How can I stream the games for FREE?
Cable subscribers can use their cable credentials to log into ESPN.com, MSGGo, or related apps to stream the show for free.
Cable cutters can sign up for free trials of fuboTV, Sling, Vidgo or YouTube TV to enjoy shows for a limited time.
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DraftKings has the Rangers -135 and the Penguins as +115 outsiders for Game 5, despite their two-game lead.
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Story from The Associated Press
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins were hampered by Igor Shesterkin during the regular season. They’ve now chased the New York Rangers’ Vezina Trophy finalist in their last two games and advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a win for the first time in four years.
They can do so this Wednesday night in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden, where they earned part of the first two games.
After scoring just four goals against Shesterkin in four regular-season games, the Penguins have fired him for 10 goals in three periods in the last two games. He left after giving up four goals in the first period of Game 3 and then again after conceding six goals in two periods of Game 4.
“He’s probably really frustrated. Probably four goals deflected (Monday night),” said New York coach Gerard Gallant after the 7-2 loss in Game 5, before declaring that he intends to stay with Shesterkin in Game 5. “He’ll be back and he’ll be ready to win the next game on Wednesday night. I have all the confidence in the world in him. … He’s the best goalkeeper in the league.”
As surprising as Shesterkin’s struggles were, so was Penguins goaltender Louis Domingue’s solid play. Pittsburgh’s No. 3 goaltender has been thrust into the spotlight due to the injuries to starter Tristan Jarry and backup Casey DeSmith and has gone 3-1 with 3.40 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.
The Penguins, who are in for the 16th consecutive postseason, also have plenty of confidence after their recent win put them on the brink of progression for the first time since reaching the second round in 2018 after back-to-back Stanley Cup championships Has.
“We have to stay hungry and just stay in the moment,” said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan. “We have an experienced leadership, we have a great group there that has had a lot of playoff experience and they understand how tough it is. The elimination game is always the most difficult.”
After a total of three goals and three assists over the past three postseasons, Crosby has two goals and seven assists in this streak. He expects Rangers to do their best.
“We know we still have a lot of work to do,” he said. “They are a good hockey team. We definitely have a chance, but we know going to New York will be a big challenge.”