Bitter-sweet moment for the NY Rangers on Friday night, beating the visiting San Jose Sharks 0 -1, but losing goalie Igor Shesterkin to injury.
The sportsbooks were right to predict the victory for the New York Rangers in their home game against the Sharks last night, but the real concern is the condition of goalie Igor Shesterkin.
Shesterkin, who made 19 saves against San Jose last night, had to leave the game towards the beginning of the third period, after suffering a lower-body injury. The accident happened when he fell front-first on the ice, trying to cover the puck, but was unable to get up on his own volition. He also appear to favor his left leg, while being helped off the ice, but other than “lower-body” injury, nothing further has been released by the team. Fans remain hopeful, after coach Gerard Gallant was nonchalant, being quoted:
“They’re telling me it’s not as bad as it look. It’s not major yet. The trainer just said don’t worry about it.”
Shesterkin was replaced by compatriot Alexandar Georgiev, who stayed the course and made 9 saves to deny the Sharks any opportunity for a comeback.
The lone goal of the game came during a power play in the first period with 6:03 on the clock, when Ryan Strome found the net to give the Rangers another win. New York is now 15-4-3 and the victory over the visiting Sharks extended the Rangers winning streak to five games. They will be hosting the Blackhawks on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, and are a big favorite with the Vegas sportsbooks, hovering around the -190 money line to win their sixth in a row.