Rangers’ Shesterkin Back in Net After Extended Break


Mar 23, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) celebrates their victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO — Igor Shesterkin is back in net for the New York Rangers.

The goaltender will make his first start since Jan. 26 and first since the All-Star break on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.

“It was part of the plan,” head coach Peter Laviolette said. “He had some good practice work with [director of goaltending Benoit Allaire]. What I’m hoping to see from everybody who plays in the game [Friday night], is a good hockey game.

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“Looking for our guys, all of our guys, to compete, to play hard and to win a game on the road in Chicago and keep things moving in the right direction.”This comes after backup goalie Jonathan Quick started the first two games for the Blue Shirts after the All-Star break. Both resulted in wins.

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According to Laviolette, the plan was to get Shesterkin some extra rest. It was considered to be a reset for Russian goalie, who participated in All-Star weekend, despite struggling this season. Over his last 10 appearances, Igor has went 4-5-1 with a 3.25 goals-against average and a .863 save percentage.

“I think more than anything he’s helping me, right?” Quick said of Shesterkin. “He’s just such a phenomenal goalie. I learn a lot just from watching him. I’m a big believer in having that relationship with your goalie partner where if I see something I can help him, if he sees something he can help me. I think that goes a long way.

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