Jaroslav Halak impresses again for Rangers

Jaroslav Halak impresses again for Rangers

SUNRISE, Fla. — Jaroslav Halak turned in his second consecutive spectacular efficiency in nets albeit 15 days aside.

For the 37-year-old who had opened 1-6-1 in his first eight begins, received his second straight whereas turning apart 32 of 35 pictures after being a difference-maker within the Rangers’ double-empty-net-abetted 6-3 victory in Philadelphia on Dec. 17.

Halak was notably necessary all through the second interval and early within the third when the Panthers made just a few runs on the Rangers and crashed the online repeatedly.

Igor Shesterkin had performed the final 5 straight for the Blueshirts, who play at residence Tuesday towards Carolina earlier than contests in Montreal on Thursday and New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.

“He’s on our staff. He’s a giant a part of our group,” head coach Gerard Gallant stated when requested why he gave Halak the beginning. “He’s been actually good.”

Rangers goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) and middle Mika Zibanejad (93) hug after a win over the Panthers on Sunday. AP

Jonny Brodzinski was left with out a uniform Sunday, the fourth-line middle serving because the wholesome scratch to accommodate Alexis Lafreniere’s return to the lineup after his one sport in road garments in Tampa on Thursday.

Brodzinski had performed in 11 straight after sitting out the Dec. 3 match on the Backyard towards the Blackhawks on the day he was recalled from the AHL Wolf Pack. The 29-year-old had recorded two factors (1-1) with plus-three score at five-on-five (on for 5 targets for and two towards) whereas getting a median ice time of 9:41 per.

No. 76 is one among two Rangers facilities with a profitable report on the dots; Brodzinski’s 53.3 p.c (40 wins, 35 losses) ranks second to Vincent Trocheck’s 56.3 p.c.

Libor Hajek sat as a wholesome scratch on protection for the eighth straight match.

The Rangers entered the sport 0-for-8 on the ability play of their final two video games and 1-for-17 over their final 4 contests.

The 16-17-6 Panthers entered the match having misplaced one fewer sport in regulation underneath head coach Paul Maurice than they dropped all final 12 months in profitable the Presidents’ Trophy because the NHL’s greatest regular-season staff at 58-18-6 underneath the mixture of Joel Quenneville (7-0) and Andrew Brunette behind the bench.

Brunette, dismissed after Florida’s second-round sweep by Tampa Bay, is working because the Devils’ affiliate coach to go man Lindy Ruff.

The Panthers began the day eight factors out of a playoff spot whereas needing to go 4 groups — Buffalo, Detroit, the Rangers and Islanders — with a view to safe a wild-card berth.

For the reason that finish of World Battle II, there have been solely 5 situations through which a staff missed the playoffs one 12 months after having completed with the NHL’s greatest regular-season report.

The Bruins, who received the Presidents’ Trophy in 2013-14 however missed the playoffs the next season, remian the newest membership to realize that doubtful distinction.

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