Rangers goalie decision is a positive sign for Igor Shesterkin

Rangers goalie decision is a positive sign for Igor Shesterkin

So he’s back to Igor Shesterkin for Saturday afternoon’s game in Philadelphia, which is the best possible indication of the goalie’s health following his night of 41 saves on Thursday in an 8 win. -3 against the Flyers which followed three weeks. absence due to a strain in the groin.

“I thought he looked great,” interim coach Kris Knoblauch said. “I thought he made some really big saves in the first half. I don’t know what the score was back then, it was really tight, the save he made [Claude] Giroux.

That one, in which the goalkeeper exploded through the crease to keep Giroux from close range, came with 5:18 left in the period and the Rangers, 3-0. Compared to 6-0, which the score became at 2:42 of the second period, or 9-0, which was the final score between the fighters at the Garden on March 17, 3-0 could be considered “tight” .

But Shesterkin has been tested, and especially in the last two periods when the Blueshirts, to varying degrees, started looking for easy points once they turned 6-0. Shesterkin has faced 33 shots in the last 40 minutes and 44 overall, the most allowed by the Rangers this season.

Igor Shesterkin
Igor Shesterkin

“He played really well,” Knoblauch said. “I thought we gave up a very good scoring chance. In the end, the chances of scoring were very even. It says a lot about how Igor played.

The Blueshirts are going back to back with a game in Washington on Sunday afternoon, so presumably Keith Kinkaid or Alexandar Georgiev will get the mission against the Capitals.

With Phillip Di Giuseppe off the COVID-19 protocol list, the Rangers carry an additional one on the list. The schedule had not yet been defined when Knoblauch held its press briefing at the beginning of Friday afternoon.

“We haven’t decided yet,” Knoblauch said. “I talked to [heac coach David Quinn], obviously, and we’re still sitting on a couple of things. Everyone is healthy, but we don’t want to get into programming just yet. ”

It’s unclear if the Rangers feel they might need some sort of extra player in the roster in case the Flyers completely ignore coach Alain Vigneault’s “whistle-to-whistle” mandate, as they do. did so freely throughout Thursday’s game.

Sam Morin, who was apparently fined for pulling Brendan Lemieux’s hair in a fight the Flyer started at 6:34 pm of the third period, attempted to start a fight for almost every quarter of the season. work where he was on the ice.

Of course, the Rangers’ best response to insanity is to score on the power play, which the Blueshirts did on each of their first three chances through the game’s first 21:15, the last one came with Morin in the box. for a certain time. from the madness that came after the whistle.

The roster is unclear, but it doesn’t look like Vitali Kravtsov will be called up from the cab squad to make his NHL debut in this one.

“I don’t know what the plan is for Kravvy, when he comes [up]Knoblauch said. “I don’t think he’ll be back right away, but things could change.”


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