SEATTLE — Goalie Igor Shesterkin buoyed the Rangers to a minimum of some extent of their 3-2 time beyond regulation loss to the Kraken on Thursday night time at Local weather Pledge Area.
The Rangers can’t afford to waste a spectacular efficiency from Shesterkin, who hasn’t been in a position to put forth such an effort as persistently as he did to begin final season. Shesterkin had been robust in sliding throughout the crease for a lot of the sport till Justin Schultz’s game-winner in time beyond regulation. He finally completed with 29 saves on 32 pictures.
“Positively,” Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant mentioned when requested if his staff must get two factors when Shesterkin is on like he was Thursday night time. “He was good. He made some nice saves and key saves, particularly in that second interval when it was 1-1. He stored us within the sport after which we discovered a solution to get some extent on the finish. Nevertheless it’s not ok. We’re higher than that.”
Igor Shesterkin makes a save on Daniel Sprong throughout the Rangers’ 3-2 time beyond regulation loss to the Kracken.AP
Shesterkin was the one factor standing between the Kraken and a multi-goal center body, over which Seattle outshot the guests 16-5 and managed the tempo of play for a lot of the interval. A minute and a half into the center body, Shesterkin gloved down a tough shot from Schultz earlier than Matty Beniers rung one off the put up. The Russian netminder later denied Daniel Sprong on a breakaway.
After the time beyond regulation loss, Shesterkin is now 8-2-3 on the season.
The final time Libor Hajek performed this many video games in a row was a stretch of 9 contests from mid-December to early January final season.
Hajek, who skated in his sixth consecutive sport Thursday night time in opposition to the Kraken, then didn’t play in 59 of the following 67 matchups, together with all 20 playoff video games, in 2021-22. Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant assured Hajek that he wouldn’t be subjected to the identical restricted taking part in time as final season, and to this point the membership has stored that promise.
“It’s been some time [since] I’ve performed that many video games in a row,” Hajek advised The Put up after the Rangers’ non-compulsory morning skate at Local weather Pledge Area. “I’m simply making an attempt to get pleasure from each sport. I simply assume I have to be assured. Each sport should be good, you already know, like constant. Simply engaged on that and being the most effective half for the staff and assist the staff to win.”
The 24-year-old defenseman mentioned he has tried to deal with the little particulars and simply holding his sport easy, which is one thing the teaching workers has requested of him. Within the 9 video games he’s been in to this point, Hajek has performed a comparatively strong sport, however Thursday night time wasn’t considered one of his greatest. Contemplating how little he performed final season, it seemingly will take some time till Hajek can start taking main strides.
“It’s actually useful for him,” Gallant mentioned of Hajek’s latest stretch of video games. “It’s not nice for [Zac Jones]. He will get an opportunity to go on a little bit little bit of a run right here. He’s performed good strong hockey, in order that’s what you need. That competitions has been occurring all 12 months lengthy. We like each of them. We’re proud of our protection clearly. It’s the way in which it’s.
“Jonesy will get one other probability. When he does, go in and play effectively and play strong. He’s a younger participant.”
Jones was a wholesome scratch for a fourth straight sport on Thursday.
The Rangers went with the identical lineup in opposition to the Kraken on Thursday as they did of their 4-1 win over the Coyotes this previous weekend at Madison Sq. Backyard. … Ryan Reaves was scratched for the sixth time this season and the fifth time within the final six video games.