Shesterkin stars in a wild 2-1 shootout win over Boston

Feb 15, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman K'Andre Miller (79) scores the game winning goal past Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman (1) during shoots outs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman K'Andre Miller (79) scores the game winning goal past Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman (1) during shoots outs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 15, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers trainer talks to New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) after hitting his head on the ice during overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers trainer talks to New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) after hitting his head on the ice during overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports /

Notes on the game

With the win, the Rangers improved their record to 31-13-4.  Their 66 points put them in third place in the Met Division, one point behind Carolina who has two games in hand.

The Rangers home record is now 16-4-2.  In the Eastern Conference, only Florida has fewer losses than  the Rangers, with three.  They are third in  home wins in the East as well.

The win improved their record against Atlantic Division teams to 13-2.  Gaining 26 of 30 possible points, their only two losses were to Toronto and Florida.

The nine round shootout was the fourth longest in franchise history and the longest for the Rangers since an 11-round loss to Tampa in December 2010.  The longest was an NHL record setting 15 round shootout against Washington in November 2005.  The Caps and Florida set the current record of 20 rounds in December 2014.

It was the longest shootout win since a 13-round win over Philadelphia in October 2006.

It was Igor Shesterkin’s third shootout win this season.  He is tied for the league lead in that category. He has stopped 14 of 18 shots this season.  His 14 shootout saves are the most of any NHL goalie.

Shesterkin has now won 23 games, fifth most in the NHL.  His .938 save percentage leads the league and his goals against average of 2.05 is one one-hundredth of a point behind Frederik Andersen of the Hurricanes.

The Rangers have played 43 games on February 15 and this was the first time that they have won in a shootout or overtime.

Adam Fox returned to the lineup and led all Rangers in TOI, playing 24:24. He had four shots on goal, most of any defenseman.  He didn’t miss a beat and almost scored on a neat move in the third period.<

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The Rangers outhit the Bruins 36-25 and Ryan Reaves led all Blueshirts with eight hits.

This was only the fourth time the Rangers had only one power play in a game. It was the seventh time that they allowed only one power play in a game this campaign.

The Rangers have gone into the third period of a game trailing 14 times this season and this was their third win.  It was the fifth time this season that they have overcome a third period deficit to win.

  • The evening up of penalties is a bit ridiculous. In the third period, Jacob Trouba threw a big hit into Tomas Nosek who retaliated with a  cross check.  Trouba pushed back at him and Nosek threw some punches.  The penalties?  Cross checking for Nosek and roughing for Trouba.   In the overtime Craig Smith was called for goalie interference when he ran Shesterkin.  Lafrenière jumped him and there was a fracas. The penalties? Interference for Smith and roughing for Lafrenière. In both cases, the Bruins players should have gotten roughing penalties for their actions after the initial infractions.