WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Ho hum, just another win for the Rangers # 1 goalkeeper.
Igor Shesterkin was great again and although he missed a little over six minutes of play in the first phase when he was ridiculed by a league concussion, the 24-year-old Russian stopped the blues shirts with a 4-1 win over the Jets at Tuesday evening.
It was Shesterkin's first start on the road after winning five of his first six NHL starts in the Garden. After all the hype during his years in the KHL and his great North American start in the AHL this season, performance at this level is still remarkable.
"When you look at his track record and his professional career, there wasn't much of a difference between the venue and the place we play," coach David Quinn said before the game. "He just stops the pucks, so we definitely expect that."
The Rangers (28-23-5) recently felt they had run 4: 2: 0 in the previous six appearances, but have not won three times in a row since Thanksgiving. For Jacob Trouba and to a lesser extent for Brendan Lemieux, this was an emotional return to Winnipeg. And the Jets (29-24-5) fought for a place in the playoffs in the West – and their fans often fueled troubas that played here for six years before the blues shirts became a barter and sign of restricted freedom. Agent Defenseman last summer.
This deal was part of the rebuild, just as the current three goal scenario came about, which is due to a flood of good goalkeepers. But the situation is evolving from a rotation to a network owned by Shesterkin, while Henrik Lundqvist – who paused in his 6:04 first relief mission – and Alex Georgiev (a healthy scratch) vying for spot work here and there ,
"[Shesterkin] is a guy who has achieved this success at every stop, ”said Quinn. "He's 24 years old and a newcomer, but certainly not a professional newcomer. And he was definitely able to continue where we left off in the American Hockey League."
At the time of the third launch, the Rangers had scored two goals from Chris Kreider 2-0 – who increases his trade or contract value every day. Then Ryan Strome scored 53 seconds in the period, followed by Mika Zibanejad, who extended the lead to 4-0 25 seconds later.
The jets scored a power play goal from Nikolaj Ehlers at 4:45 a.m. to break Shesterkin and Lundqvist, who combined into a 4-1 draw. Then the Jets had a six-on-four lead in the final minute, but Shesterkin parried and ended the game at 42 for another win.
Shesterkin remained stable in the first minute, and defender Tony DeAngelo was called for interference at 8:12 a.m. when he pushed Andrew Copp into the goalkeeper. Shesterkin dropped into a pile and grabbed his left leg, but stayed in the game after getting up slowly.
But after almost six minutes of play, coach Jim Ramsay hit the ice and told Shesterkin that the concussion specialist had pulled him out of the game. The netminder was not happy, but Lundqvist came to a stop and then saw Kreider take the lead 1-0 after a right-wing explosion, 34.1 seconds ahead.
If that had emerged as the winner, the strange turn of fate would have helped Lundqvist to victory.
Still, there was a big sigh of relief in the Rangers front office when Shesterkin came out to start the second third, and Kreider managed 2-0 when he buried a rebound coughed by Connor Hellebuyck at 7:30 a.m. for a powerplay goal and his 22nd of the season.
"I think our boys are excited about the opportunities that are ahead of us," Quinn had said. "When I talk to the players, I feel like we keep improving and growing."