Alexandar Georgiev insists that he doesn't do anything else to the islanders. It turns out that the Rangers' young goalkeeper almost always beats them.
Georgiev scored 38 saves when he defeated his team 3-2 against the islanders in the Coliseum on Thursday evening and won 6-2 against the islands in the garden on Monday evening. In the last two seasons, Georgiev has stopped 128 of 134 shots in five career starts against the islanders with a 4: 1: 0 win against the average of 1.40 goals and a saving of 0.955 percent.
"I like to play against every single team in this league," said Georgiev. "It's a little more special for the fans, but I try to do it like any other team."
Georgiev is now part of the unsustainable three-goal keeper situation of blues shirts, which Henrik Lundqvist underpinned in this situation, while Igor Shesterkin was a healthy scratch. Either Lundqvist or Shesterkin are playing the blue jackets in the garden on Sunday night – probably Shesterkin, who hasn't played since January 9 when he scored a second consecutive win at the start of his NHL career. Then again, it's the islanders in the garden on Tuesday night, and coach David Quinn will surely be tempted to see if Georgiev can win against six in the Battle of New York.
"If you kill penalties, your goalkeeper is better," said Quinn, whose team killed all five penalties they suffered for ten minutes of downtime. "He was great."
Quinn had a changing line-up in section three, and 18-year-old rookie Kaapo Kakko didn't play for nearly five minutes. Filip Chytil did a couple of shifts with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad and Greg McKegg did a few shifts with Chytil and Brett Howden.
Micheal Haley didn't have the slightest chance of getting into another fight. He only played one shift in the second before dropping the rest of the game. Linemate Brendan Smith got two shifts in the second and sat the whole third.
Quinn had said there were "a few guys who are questionable", and that included winger Pavel Buchnevich, who missed the flu training on Wednesday. Buchnevich was however able to play and threw a team high of five goals over 14:24 of the Ice Age.
Winger Phillip Di Giuseppe was a good scratch for the second game in a row. His Rangers debut was still pending after being called up by AHL Hartford on Sunday.
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