Jacob Trouba’s strike over Sidney Crosby gives New York a 5-3 win over the Penguins

But it was also clear from the first round that Rangers were prepared to be more physical. Chris Kreider and Trouba were called for simultaneous penalties: Kreider for the cut and Trouba for the nudge, just 24 seconds into the game, and they looked designed to set the tone. Rangers safely eliminated the 5-on-3 power play and never looked like the soft, aimless group they had been in Game 4 in Pittsburgh.

“They were competitive as hell tonight,” Gallant beamed, “and that’s what we wanted from them.”

He was also pleased that Igor Shesterkin, Rangers’ starting goalkeeper, played much better in Game 5 than in the previous two games in Pittsburgh, when he conceded 10 goals in three periods.

Gallant spoke at around the same time as Sullivan did, so he wasn’t informed of the Pittsburgh manager’s feelings regarding the Crosby strike. But there’s no denying the impact of Crosby’s absence on the game.

“Obviously, he’s one of the best players in the world,” Gallant said. “They still had a good chance. They still created a lot. He is a great player for them and we hope he is well. “

Rangers’ quick flurry of goals came within two minutes and six seconds of each other. Trouba’s goal, just over two minutes left in the period, put Rangers ahead and roared the fans so loud that the press stand deck swung high above the excitement.

“The building was unreal,” Lafrenière said. “Really cool tonight.”

But that lead didn’t last long as Jake Guentzel scored just 13 seconds later to even the count, 3-3. It was his sixth goal in the series and his 33rd in 56 career playoff games.

Rangers took the lead forever with Filip Chytil’s power-play goal three minutes from third, his first post-season goal, and the team sealed the win over Ryan Lindgren’s empty goal, securing a match 6.