Igor Shesterkin said he knew the date – October 31, 2013, when the Rangers goalkeeper scored a goal while playing for Spartak Moscow in the MHL, the Russian youth league.
Shesterkin eyed a rare goal by the NHL goalkeeper in his fourth career start, but rarely missed two attempts in the empty net when he won 4-2 on Friday night against the last Red Wings at the Garden.
"I would be surprised if [Shesterkin] I don't get it, ”said coach David Quinn. "He has that ability. He is one of those goalies who can. He has balance and the ability to physically get the puck into the ice. "
The Rangers have never had a goal for a goalkeeper – or got really close to it – and the last time it happened in the league was the Predators' Pekka gutter on January 9, the first goal for a goalkeeper since 2013.
Shesterkin was also pretty good at keeping the puck out of his own net and scoring 23 saves on a rather slow night when the only two shots came from undisputed chances when the Rangers took the lead 4-0 and less than 15 Minutes left.
The 24-year-old Russian made the nine-day break with two games at AHL Hartford, where he scored three goals in 62 shots and two more wins. So he was sharp and has now won three of his first four games in the NHL.
"The rest of the team had a break, so I think it was more difficult for them than for me," said Shesterkin through an interpreter.
After Shesterkin came on again on Wednesday, the Rangers were again three goals on the squad – Henrik Lundqvist as a substitute, and Alexandar Georgiev was a healthy scratch.
Lundqvist will start in Detroit on Saturday evening. This is only his second start in the last nine games dating back to January 4th.
The new defensive pairs only lasted until Brady Skjei and Adam Fox scored both goals in the middle of the third half. Then Quinn reset Skjei with Jacob Trouba and Fox with Ryan Lindgren.
Brendan Lemieux was relegated to fourth duty in the second period and replaced by Brett Howden in the unit with Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko. Quinn said Lemieux was "a bit gassed" after missing a broken hand three weeks before playing only two games during the break.
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