After that, Rangers coach David Quinn said he and his team had planned to "sit down and find out what the next step is" considering that it was a successful Trifecta. He also said, "It's tempting to return to Alex Georgiev.
And that's how the Blueshirts netminding carousel turns when Georgiev scored 32 parades in the Garden on Monday evening on the way to his team's 6-2 victory against the islanders.
"He did some key rescues when we needed him," said Quinn.
It got tight when the Rangers called Igor Shesterkin a week ago, the 24-year-old who won twice in a row started his NHL career. But he has been a good scratch in the past two years, as Henrik Lundqvist lost in St. Louis on Saturday before Georgiev started, his first since January 4.
"It's not an ideal situation since we've all talked about it," said Quinn. "We wanted Hank and Georgie to play a game after Igor had his two starts, and then we can really sit down and figure out what the next step is."
Georgiev was firmly convinced that he no longer felt any pressure to succeed in this situation, but he admitted that it was good to continue his dominance over the islanders after winning two of three games against them last season and stopped 58 out of 60 shots.
"It feels really good," said Georgiev. “Obviously the team helped me a lot today. We took the lead and played a good defense. I just had to do my job. "
Quinn made a point of saying that two fights helped his team in the first period – the first a heavyweight fight between Micheal Haley and Ross Johnston, the second between Brendan Smith and Matt Martin, both of which were kicked out because the linesman didn't drop the puck on the faceoff and so their fight happened before the game resumed.
"I think it may have worked for us," said Quinn, whose team lost 1-0 after only 18 seconds but dominated after the fights.
In the third section, there was a hand-to-hand fight between Johnston and Tony DeAngelo and between Chris Kreider, who dragged Brock Nelson around on the shirt. It will surely come to mind for both teams when they meet in the Colosseum on Thursday evening.
"Every time you play three games in a week, there are emotions," said Quinn. "But that means we have to play hockey."
Pavel Buchnevich was a playful decision with the flu, but was able to play. Marc Staal returned after missing the game on Saturday with an upper body injury and driving Libor Hajek out of the lineup. … Winger Philip Di Giuseppe, who was recalled by AHL Hartford on Sunday, was a scratch.
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