Perhaps it was not the aggressive imbalance in the KHL skewing Igor Shesterkin’s quantities right after all.
Because the Rangers rookie Russian goalie gained however again, backstopping his workforce to a 3-two get around the Sharks at the Backyard garden on Saturday evening. The 44-save functionality followed his 27-save get in Carolina on Friday evening, supplying the 24-yr-old netminder 9 wins in his to start with ten NHL starts off. He is the to start with Rangers goalie to ever do that, and just the fourth goalie in heritage to do it.
His 7-sport successful streak is tied for the longest by a rookie goaltender in Rangers heritage (Jim Henry in 1941-42), and it’s the fifth-longest goalie successful streak in Rangers heritage (Mike Richter holds the report with 11 straight in 1996-97).
Oh, and Shesterkin is the to start with goalie in NHL heritage have a .900 save percentage or much better in all of his to start with ten appearances considering that saves grew to become a stat in 1955-fifty six, together with the to start with ever to have four forty-save game titles, and four forty-save wins, in his to start with ten contests.
“I considered he was outstanding again,” coach David Quinn stated.
Shesterkin stated as a result of an interpreter, “I like when there’s a great deal of shots, but it doesn’t matter how several shots there are, you generally have to be well prepared to support the workforce get.” As for having applied to the grind and the vacation, he stated: “It was a minimal challenging to get acclimated right after the flight, but I really feel very good.”
Veteran Henrik Lundqvist backed up right after he experienced been a healthier scratch for the to start with time in his job on Friday evening. (He also caught a puck on the bench, gave a shrug, and read a rapid “Hen-rik! Hen-rik!” chant from the fans).
When Lundqvist found out he was not taking part in versus the Hurricanes, he put in a great deal of operate on Friday early morning and advised to coach David Quinn that Alexandar Georgiev be the backup. Lundqvist has began just a few game titles considering that Shesterkin was named up on Jan. 6, starting this a few-goalie rotation.
Georgiev was a healthier scratch.
3rd-line middle Filip Chytil was ready to participate in right after he was a sport-time final decision with an upper-human body injury suffered late in the Carolina sport. Chytil received fourteen:forty nine of ice time, typically amongst Philip Di Giuseppe and Kaapo Kakko.
Julien Gauthier stayed in the lineup for the third straight sport considering that he was attained in a trade with the Hurricanes on Tuesday. The 22-yr-old winger gained a penalty shot late in the 2nd interval, but a pleasant shift to his backhand was stopped by goalie Aaron Dell. … Brendan Smith was a scratch.