The New York Rangers made their last trip to Ottawa this season and came home with a close 2-1 win. It would have been a perfect road win if Igor Shesterkin had been able to do what no Rangers goalie has ever done, score a goal. With the Ottawa goalie pulled late in the third period, Shesterkin got to the puck behind the net and flung it down the ice. It looked like it was going to go in the net, but took a line that left it inches from the right post. Oh well.Next time.
Despite falling behind 1-0, the Rangers pulled out another win, scoring their standard one even strength goal and winning the game on the power play. The Rangers have allowed only 11 goals in their last six games while going 4-1-1. Of course, they have scored only 15 goals with just nine of them at even strength.
As long as the Rangers keep winning close games all is well in Rangersland, but they have some tough games coming up and heat up the scoring a bit.
Even without scoring, the afternoon belonged to Igor Shesterkin who was impenetrable after getting beat by a first period shot from Tim Stützle on a two on one. Shesterkin slammed the door shut, stopping 29 shots.
The Rangers are walking a fine line between winning and losing and by next Sunday, we’ll know a lot more about where this team stands in the NHL heirarchy.