Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin picks up first shutout of season

Igor Shesterkin pitched his first shutout of the season, and he did it in type.

The Rangers star netminder made 19 saves, together with eight essential stops within the third interval, to propel his group to additional time earlier than Chris Kreider scored with lower than a minute remaining within the additional interval to take a 1-0 win over the Flyers on Tuesday evening at Madison Square Garden.

“Massive,” Kreider mentioned of how essential Shesterkin was to the win. “It’s like old hat at this point. He makes really hard saves look easy, so when they’re getting those flurries we on the bench probably don’t realize how good of a chance some of those chances are when he makes them look that easy. He’s our best player pretty much every night and he certainly was tonight.”

Philadelphia had their finest scoring alternatives of the sport within the last 20 minutes of regulation, however Shesterkin shut the door on each single one. He flashed the windmill on former Ranger Kevin Hayes. There was a diving save on the put up afterward, as properly. And after giving up just a few rebounds earlier within the evening, Shesterkin tightened it up and gave the Flyers nothing to work with.

Igor Shesterkin makes a save throughout the second interval of the Rangers’ 1-0 win over the Flyers.
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“He’s been big for us every game for the past however many years he’s been here,” mentioned Mika Zibanejad, who set up Kreider’s game-winning objective. “He comes up clutch and that’s what we need.”

Vitali Kravtsov will probably be unavailable for a minimum of per week with an upper-body harm, the Rangers introduced Tuesday, that means the 22-year-old winger will probably be sidelined by way of a minimum of the subsequent 4 video games.

This will mark the third stretch of video games Kravtsov has needed to miss on account of harm, after he suffered upper-body accidents within the season opener and within the loss to the Avalanche on Oct. 25, which was simply two video games after he returned from the first harm.

Kravtsov, who has a distinguished bruise on his nostril, sustained his most up-to-date harm — which is suspected to have one thing to do along with his head — in a race for the puck within the recreation in opposition to the Stars this previous weekend. He was crunched into the boards by Dallas defenseman Jani Hakanpaa and was gradual to get up earlier than exiting to the locker room.

Asked if he thinks Kravtsov will study to guard himself higher as he good points extra NHL expertise, Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant mentioned he hopes so.

“You got to play the game hard, you got to play the game aggressive, but he probably put himself in a bad situation the other night,” the coach mentioned. “I want him going and being first on pucks, we talked about it. Not be a little smarter, but be a little safer than that. It’s too bad, because he’s played okay.”

Filip Chytil (upper-body harm) continues to be thought of day-to-day, however the Czech middle has resumed skating.

“I don’t want to say how close [he is to returning], I don’t know,” Gallant mentioned. “It’s day-to-day, that’s all I know. He’s doing well. He’s skating hard, working and getting ready to play.”

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