Rangers' Igor Shesterkin stops team-record 79 shots in Game 1 loss to Penguins

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New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin engraved his name in the history books with a team-record 79 conserves Tuesday night. But it wasn’t a favorable result for Shesterkin, as his superhuman efficiency can be found in a losing effort. The Rangers was up to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in triple overtime in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Shesterkin’s 79 conserves topped Gump Worsley’s previous Rangers record of 56 conserves, which came versus the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 3 of the 1962 Stanley Cup semifinals. Looking beyond the Rangers, Shesterkin created the second-most conserves in a Stanley Cup championship game, behind just Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo, who taped 85 conserves versus the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the 2020 Stanley Cup certifying round in the bubble in 2020.

Like Shesterkin, Korpisalo’s record-breaking efficiency ended with a loss for his group.

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin wound up taping the game-winning objective on a deflection that surpassed  Shesterkin in the 3rd overtime duration. Throughout the 3 overtime durations, Shesterkin made a tremendous 35 conserves after stopping 44 shots in policy. Shesterkin had actually taped a minimum of 40 minimizes 4 celebrations throughout the 2021-22 routine season.

“He made everything he had to do and we couldn’t get one [goal] for him obviously,” Rangers forward Ryan Strome stated after the loss. “We know he is going to be good for us every game. It’s a strength of our team.”

Making this even more remarkable is that it was simply Shesterkin’s 2nd profession postseason start. His just previous playoff start came versus the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 of the 2020 Stanley Cup certifying round in 2020, which led to a 4-1 loss.

Shesterkin is commonly deemed the preferred to win the Vezina Trophy, honoring the NHL’s finest goaltender. The Rangers netminder created a 36-14-4 record in 53 video games and led the league with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .935 conserve portion.

Shesterkin remains in simply his 2nd season as the Rangers’ main netminder after Henrik Lundqvist left the group. In his 3 NHL seasons, Shesterkin has actually collected a 62-29-7 record in addition to a 2.31 goals-against average and a .928 conserve portion. Also significant: The Rangers star keeper just lost back-to-back video games as soon as throughout the routine season, so the Rangers will likely stay positive going into Game 2 of the series vs. the Penguins.

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