Along with his standard aptitude and depth, goalie Igor Shesterkin made seven saves to fend off a five-minute Flyers energy play early within the second interval to protect the Rangers’ lead on the best way to their 4-1 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night time.
After Dryden Hunt was handed a questionable five-minute main and a recreation misconduct for a cost on Flyers defenseman Justin Braun, Shesterkin and the Rangers penalty kill went to work. That’s when Shesterkin seemingly went into one in all his brick-wall modes.
Shesterkin, who earned his sixteenth begin of the season and seventeenth look via the Rangers’ 21 video games, didn’t really feel like seven saves in 5 minutes was so much — however his teammates had been actually impressed.
“You don’t want to give up seven shots,” penalty-killer Jacob Trouba mentioned. “But he was there when we needed him, like he always is.”
Added head coach Gerard Gallant: “A good penalty kill is a great goalie, and that’s what he did. At the right time of the game, he stood up and made some unreal saves.”
At one level, the 25-year-old netminder threw his stick within the air to redirect a shot towards the crossbar and out. Shesterkin then used Trouba’s stick with make three extra saves earlier than the Rangers had been in a position to escape of their zone. It’s removed from the primary time Shesterkin has misplaced his stick mid-play and needed to make due.
“I don’t really know, I was just trying to hit the puck and luckily it hit the crossbar,” Shesterkin mentioned via a translator. “Obviously, I asked for it back because I needed to finish playing and I would need it for any more dangerous moments later on.”
As soon as the five-minute shorthanded stretch expired, the Backyard crowd rose to its ft as an ‘I-GOR!’ chant reverberated all through the world.
“It’s honestly hard to describe,” Shesterkin mentioned of listening to followers shout his title. “It adds a lot of emotion, a lot of strength, it motivates me definitely. The most important thing is to try to not cry right then and there.”
The Rangers’ second power-play unit scored its first purpose of the season early within the first interval, when Trouba’s blast from the highest of the zone discovered twine to open the scoring.
“It’s great for them, great confidence for them,” Gallant mentioned. “They don’t get a lot of minutes and, you know, they stepped up and got a big goal for us.”
The NHL introduced Wednesday that it’s within the technique of rescheduling the Rangers’ Nov. 28 matchup with the Islanders, who’ve been cleared to renew play after eight gamers landed in COVID-19 protocol.