Igor Shesterkin shot the Penguins and put the Rangers on the edge

PITTSBURGH – The Rangers’ only goal was to score Igor Shesterkin’s goals as he landed on the ice of the PPG Paints Arena to make a name for himself after scoring six goals for the Penguins before the second leg of Game 4 on Monday night.

The team in front of him had confirmed what many had said about their incredible success throughout the season: The Rangers are not a club that seems to lack Shesterkin.

It was disgusting. It was embarrassing. It was a tragic 7-2 loss to Sidney Crosby and the Penguins that sent the Rangers back to New York to lick their wounds and face relegation in Game 5 on Wednesday. The Blueshirts now have an unbeatable three-time straight run to advance to Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Gerard Gallant slammed the words Rangers coach used to use knowing his team needed to hit back:

“He played softly,” he said. “We were soft on the ice. That’s the big difference, we were soft on ice all over. ”

Igor Shesterkin was eliminated for the second consecutive game after leaving five goals in the second half in Game 5.
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Shesterkin was drawn in the second game in a row in Pittsburgh with five goals in the middle. Security risks were high. The Rangers were chasing everything and came out 41-24. There was no plan, no improvement or anything he could do to reduce Crosby – who continued to beat Rangers with a good three-point lead as a goal by two assistants – or any other player in the yellow and black jersey. of this matter.

Throughout the season, the Vezina Trophy enthusiast became proficient in his exit after a loss, going 10-1-1 with a .931 percent save, 2.08 goals against the average and double closures. Shesterkin was unable to replicate this in Pittsburgh, where Penguins fans set a goal of their lives to harass Rangers players.

In games 1 and 2 at home, Shesterkin scored six goals in 124 shots in 165: 39. In Game 3 and 4 along the way, Shesterkin conceded 10 goals in 45 shots in 59:53.

Even though he was already at the Rangers’ game, the Pittsburgh crowd continued to mock him, chanting, “We want Igor.”

“He’s one of us,” Andrew Copp said after seeing the frustrated Shesterkin, who was replaced by Alexandar Georgiev (10 saves). “We were not playing well in front of him. It certainly wasn’t on him at all. It would be up to every guy in the room to get involved and do what we could to win Game 5.”

Alexandar Georgiev after leaving the goal in the third quarter.
Alexandar Georgiev took action after scoring a goal in the third half.
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The Rangers are expected to have a bigger goal than the Penguin, whose founder Tristan Jarry came down at the end of the season with a broken foot and was unable to play in this series. And Casey DeSmith came out in the second half and eventually kept his mid-range operations until the season, his chances would grow until the end of the season, the chances would increase.

Instead, the Rangers allow third Pittsburgh player Louis Domingue to beat them. Domingue has added 54 saves against the Ranger in the last two races.

However, Gallant put this in the public domain – and it did. It is unclear how much Shesterkin has played a key role in bringing the Rangers to this point. Now it is up to the others to do their part.

Jake Guentzel scored Igor Shesterkin's second goal.
Jake Guentzel scored Igor Shesterkin’s second goal.
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“She may be very upset,” Gallant said. “I don’t know, maybe there have been four goals that have failed tonight. It is a team project. He is back there and ready to win the next game Wednesday night. I have all the confidence in the world in him and it was a difficult night for our team.

“I am more disappointed with our team than with him. We just played a soft game. ”

Gallant did not stutter. Shesterkin will be between the pipeline of Game 5 and the Rangers season in line.

“The best players in the league,” Gallant said. “Then I’ll go with him.”

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