While the Rangers carousel continues to spin three goals, Alexandar Georgiev just waits for his turn and tries to be ready.
For the most part on Friday night, he faced a team other than the islanders for the first time since January 4, scoring 25 saves in a 2: 3 loss to the Sabers at the Garden.
"It is what it is not to say much," said Georgiev politely to another question, in which he shared the network with Henrik Lundqvist (who supported) and Igor Shesterkin (who was a healthy scratch). “Trainers make decisions, management makes decisions. I just have to be ready whenever I get the chance, and that's all I focus on. "
Georgiev did some cleaning up during the third game period of the 5-3 loss to the stars on Monday. Previously, he had started each of the three games against the islanders in a nine-day phase, the last one in January. 21, shortly before the long break that included the All-Star weekend and bye-bye week.
Despite the inactivity, Georgiev said he felt "good" and coach David Quinn called his performance "solid".
Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton is expected to have more in-depth discussions with Chris Kreider's agent Matt Keator in the next few days. There were no real talks yet about a new contract for the upcoming free agent, which made Kreider the most attractive option on the retail market ahead of the February 24 deadline.
The 28-year-old scored his 20th goal of the season on Friday, his fifth season with 20 or more goals.
With five minutes to go and a 3-0 deficit by the Rangers, Quinn put together his three best strikers – Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad and Kreider. Panarin defeated Zibanejad with 2:53 and reduced the deficit to 3-1.
The blueshirts scored four goals of equal strength against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night (a 5-3 success), but had previously only scored three goals of the same strength in their four games. When asked Quinn if he would consider putting Panarin and Zibanejad back together for a top-heavy configuration, he said no.
"Maybe," he said. "It's too early to say. But we'll see."
Winger Phillip Di Giuseppe stayed for the third game in a row after being called up by AHL Hartford after the break and started in the third row with Brendan Lemieux and Filip Chytil. Brendan Smith and Micheal Haley were scratched the skaters.