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PITTSBURGH — How many times can the New York Rangers dig themselves into a hole and climb back out?

At least one more, as of Friday night.

The Blueshirts came out flat in a win-or-go-home situation at PPG Paints Arena, but stormed back from a two-goal deficit for the second consecutive game. Mika Zibanejad capped the 5-3 win against the Penguins in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series with Chris Kreider scoring the decisive goal with 1:28 remaining, sending the series back to Madison Square Garden for Game 7 on Sunday.

The Penguins were playing without star forward Sidney Crosby, who sat out after suffering an upper-body injury in Game 5, which ESPN’s Emily Kaplan reported 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 spent much of the first period pinned in their own zone. Their attempts to clear the puck were futile and lacking purpose, which would often result in the Penguins regaining possession quickly.

Eventually, it came back to bite them.

You couldn’t blame Igor Shesterkin for the first one. The Vezina and Hart Trophy finalist stopped three consecutive shots on that sequence, but the fourth was a backhanded rebound from Jeff Carter that made it 1-0 at the 14:12 mark.





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