Rangers waste Igor Shesterkin’s 29-save gem

SEATTLE — Goalie Igor Shesterkin buoyed the Rangers to no less than some extent of their 3-2 additional time loss to the Kraken on Thursday evening at Climate Pledge Arena.

The Rangers can’t afford to waste a spectacular efficiency from Shesterkin, who hasn’t been in a position to put forth such an effort as persistently as he did to start out final season. Shesterkin had been robust in sliding throughout the crease for a lot of the sport till Justin Schultz’s game-winner in additional time. He finally completed with 29 saves on 32 pictures.

“Definitely,” Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant stated when requested if his group must get two factors when Shesterkin is on like he was Thursday evening. “He was good. He made some great saves and key saves, especially in that second period when it was 1-1. He kept us in the game and then we found a way to get a point at the end. But it’s not good enough. We’re better than that.”

Igor Shesterkin makes a save on Daniel Sprong throughout the Rangers’ 3-2 additional time loss to the Kracken.

Shesterkin was the one factor standing between the Kraken and a multi-goal center body, over which Seattle outshot the guests 16-5 and managed the tempo of play for a lot of the interval. A minute and a half into the center body, Shesterkin gloved down a tough shot from Schultz earlier than Matty Beniers rung one off the submit. The Russian netminder later denied Daniel Sprong on a breakaway.

After the additional time loss, Shesterkin is now 8-2-3 on the season.

The final time Libor Hajek performed this many video games in a row was a stretch of 9 contests from mid-December to early January final season.

Hajek, who skated in his sixth consecutive recreation Thursday evening in opposition to the Kraken, then didn’t play in 59 of the following 67 matchups, together with all 20 playoff video games, in 2021-22. Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant assured Hajek that he wouldn’t be subjected to the identical restricted taking part in time as final season, and to this point the membership has stored that promise.

“It’s been a while [since] I’ve played that many games in a row,” Hajek advised The Post after the Rangers’ elective morning skate at Climate Pledge Arena. “I’m just trying to enjoy every game. I just think I need to be confident. Every game must be good, you know, like consistent. Just working on that and being the best part for the team and help the team to win.”

The 24-year-old defenseman stated he has tried to concentrate on the little particulars and simply conserving his recreation easy, which is one thing the teaching employees has requested of him. In the 9 video games he’s been in to this point, Hajek has performed a comparatively stable recreation, however Thursday evening wasn’t one in all his greatest. Considering how little he performed final season, it probably will take some time till Hajek can start taking main strides.

“It’s really beneficial for him,” Gallant stated of Hajek’s latest stretch of video games. “It’s not nice for [Zac Jones]. He will get an opportunity to go on somewhat little bit of a run right here. He’s performed good stable hockey, in order that’s what you need. That competitions has been occurring all year lengthy. We like each of them. We’re pleased with our protection clearly. It’s the way in which it’s.

“Jonesy will get another chance. When he does, go in and play well and play solid. He’s a young player.”

Jones was a wholesome scratch for a fourth straight recreation on Thursday.

The Rangers went with the identical lineup in opposition to the Kraken on Thursday as they did of their 4-1 win over the Coyotes this previous weekend at Madison Square Garden. … Ryan Reaves was scratched for the sixth time this season and the fifth time within the final six video games.

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