Rangers, hoping for ‘spark,’ pull Shesterkin in loss

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New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant mentioned pulling star goaltender Igor Shesterkin after the primary interval in Sport 3 towards the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday evening was meant to spark the crew and provides the netminder some relaxation.

The Rangers would go on to lose that recreation in Pittsburgh 7-4, and now path the Penguins 2-1 of their Jap Convention first-round collection.

Gallant determined to drag Shesterkin after the primary interval, with the Rangers down 4-1 in Pittsburgh, with their star goalie having stopped 11 of 15 pictures.

“Two of them had been fortunate bounces. It is 4-1 and also you need to change momentum. Igor has been excellent — and actually, in case you have a look at it proper now, he is performed 10 intervals, roughly, in mainly four-and-a-half, 5 days. I assumed it was time to leap begin it,” the coach mentioned.

The Rangers responded with three targets within the second interval to tie the sport, however ultimately fell to the Penguins 7-4 as Pittsburgh took a 2-1 collection lead.

“It was 4-1. It was completely tilted. Generally you spark your crew with a goalie change. Igor was our MVP all season. I assumed we might give him a bit of relaxation tonight and hopefully spark our crew. And it labored,” Gallant mentioned. Backup Alexandar Georgiev made 19 saves in reduction however gave up a stoppable purpose to Penguins ahead Danton Heinen at 11:02 of the third interval to offer Pittsburgh a lead it might not relinquish.

However Gallant and the Rangers gamers mentioned the important thing to Sport 3 wasn’t how they completed however how they began.

“I do not suppose we’re enjoying collectively. Particularly at this level within the season, it isn’t one thing you query. It is a matter of working good, not simply arduous,” Rangers ahead Chris Kreider mentioned. “It is a good studying expertise for our group. First spherical interval for us within the playoff.”

Gallant mentioned his message after the primary interval was one in all pleasure.

“Let’s man up and be males about this. We’re not gonna die. We’re not gonna sit again and allow them to proceed to play like that towards us,” he mentioned. “We got here out and we battled again in that hockey recreation.”

The Rangers and Penguins play Sport 4 of their collection on Monday evening.

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