Sports Lundqvist starts Game 1, Shesterkin reportedly deemed unfit to play
Rangers turn to Shesterkin for must-win Game 3 vs. Hurricanes
The New York Rangers will start rookie Igor Shesterkin between the pipes for their must-win contest Tuesday night versus the Carolina Hurricanes, the team announced. Henrik Lundqvist started and lost the first two games (3-2 and 4-1) of the series, with Shesterkin deemed unfit to play. Shesterkin, 24, made his NHL debut in January and played a massive role in the Rangers' second-half surge up the Eastern Conference standings. Shesterkin went 10-2 in 12 starts with a .932 save percentage and 2.52 goals against average. Puck drop for the critical contest is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET. Copyright © 2020 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved.
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in goal when the Rangers opened their qualifying-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, the team .
was deemed unfit to play prior to puck drop, according to .
The Rangers carried three goalies - Lundqvist, Shesterkin, and- on their roster for most of the season. Shesterkin, 24, took over the starter's role with an impressive start to his NHL career, going 10-2-0 with a .932 save percentage to help New York climb into the playoff race before the league halted play.
Day 1 insight and analysis: Behind the scenes at Scotiabank Arena
The NHL is officially back. For the first time in nearly five months, hockey fans have something new to watch. Real, meaningful action. Five playoff qualifier games - three in Toronto and two in Edmonton - are on the schedule for Day 1. Here, theScore will provide running insight and analysis from behind the scenes at Scotiabank Arena, which is playing host to the Eastern Conference. Impact of no fans The referees stole the show in the second period (so much for putting the whistles away in the postseason). The teams combined for seven minor penalties, though only one opportunity was seized.
Lundqvist, 38, had the worst regular season of his career in 2019-20, posting a .905 save percentage across 30 appearances. He owns a .922 save percentage in 128 career playoff games, however, and he's been dominant against the Hurricanes throughout his NHL tenure.
Lundqvist went 3-0-0 with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage against Carolina this season. He owns a career record of 33-12-1 and a remarkable .934 save percentage versus the Hurricanes.
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Pastrnak, Kase miss 2nd straight practice .
Boston Bruins forwards David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase missed their second straight practice on Friday. Head coach Bruce Cassidy told the media that the pair's absence isn't related to conditioning issues or discipline, according to NBC Sports' Joe Haggerty. The two players were reportedly spotted working out at a local rink separate from the team earlier this week. "If the league allows them to work out on their own, I'm OK with them trying toHead coach Bruce Cassidy told the media that the pair's absence isn't related to conditioning issues or discipline, according to NBC Sports' Joe Haggerty.