Aware that his team is in transition, Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton continued his makeover of the Blueshirts on Friday afternoon.
3. Chris Kunitz, Penguins Kunitz, 37, and Matt Cullen, 40, combined for three assists. Not bad for a couple graybeards.
2. Matt Murray, Penguins Murray was out of work much of the third period as the Penguins blew the door open, but his stellar play in the first 40 minutes set the stage. He made 37 saves for the 20th playoff victory of his young career.
1. Jake Guentzel, Penguins A pair of goals gave Guentzel 12 for the playoffs, most in the NHL. With 19 points and counting, no U.S.-born rookie in history has scored more in a single postseason. He’s two goals away from the all-time rookie record.
Oshie hasn’t scored a goal since April 21 and was responsible for the Caps’ sixth offensive-zone penalty of the game with less than two minutes remaining. Upon further armchair review, his stick never touched the face of Nick Bonino, who fooled officials with a world-class sell job that would be near impossible to discern in real time.
And it isn’t just the number, but also the type of penalties. Given that the game is played at high speeds on a sheet of ice, infractions are inevitably part of the game. Most instances of hooking, holding and interference would fall into the category of execution penalties. Also there are those that result from carelessness, such as high-sticking and tripping.
The problem for the Penguins came when they compounded those mistakes with temper-based penalties: slashing, roughing, elbowing, cross-checking and, of course, unsportsmanlike conduct.