Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin picks up first shutout of season

Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin picks up first shutout of season

Igor Shesterkin pitched his first shutout of the season, and he did it in type.

The Rangers star netminder made 19 saves, together with eight essential stops within the third interval, to propel his workforce to time beyond regulation earlier than Chris Kreider scored with lower than a minute remaining within the further interval to take a 1-0 win over the Flyers on Tuesday night time at Madison Sq. Backyard.

“Large,” Kreider mentioned of how necessary Shesterkin was to the win. “It’s like outdated hat at this level. He makes actually onerous saves look simple, so after they’re getting these flurries we on the bench in all probability don’t understand how good of an opportunity a few of these chances are high when he makes them look that simple. He’s our greatest participant just about each night time and he actually was tonight.”

Philadelphia had their finest scoring alternatives of the sport within the ultimate 20 minutes of regulation, however Shesterkin shut the door on each single one. He flashed the windmill on former Ranger Kevin Hayes. There was a diving save on the put up afterward, as nicely. And after giving up just a few rebounds earlier within the night time, Shesterkin tightened it up and gave the Flyers nothing to work with.

Igor Shesterkin makes a save in the course of the second interval of the Rangers’ 1-0 win over the Flyers.Robert Sabo

“He’s been large for us each sport for the previous nonetheless a few years he’s been right here,” mentioned Mika Zibanejad, who arrange Kreider’s game-winning objective. “He comes up clutch and that’s what we’d like.”

Vitali Kravtsov will likely be unavailable for no less than every week with an upper-body damage, the Rangers introduced Tuesday, that means the 22-year-old winger will likely be sidelined via no less than the following 4 video games.

This may mark the third stretch of video games Kravtsov has needed to miss because of damage, after he suffered upper-body accidents within the season opener and within the loss to the Avalanche on Oct. 25, which was simply two video games after he returned from the primary damage.

Kravtsov, who has a distinguished bruise on his nostril, sustained his most up-to-date damage — which is suspected to have one thing to do along with his head — in a race for the puck within the sport towards the Stars this previous weekend. He was crunched into the boards by Dallas defenseman Jani Hakanpaa and was sluggish to stand up earlier than exiting to the locker room.

Requested if he thinks Kravtsov will be taught to guard himself higher as he good points extra NHL expertise, Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant mentioned he hopes so.

“You bought to play the sport onerous, you bought to play the sport aggressive, however he in all probability put himself in a foul scenario the opposite night time,” the coach mentioned. “I need him going and being first on pucks, we talked about it. Not be a little bit smarter, however be a little bit safer than that. It’s too unhealthy, as a result of he’s performed okay.”

Filip Chytil (upper-body damage) continues to be thought-about day-to-day, however the Czech middle has resumed skating.

“I don’t wish to say how shut [he is to returning], I don’t know,” Gallant mentioned. “It’s day-to-day, that’s all I do know. He’s doing nicely. He’s skating onerous, working and on the point of play.”

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