The Rangers’ Goalie Is Adjusting to the Pressures of the Playoffs

Igor Shesterkin struggled in goal during the first round against the Penguins. But he’s back to showing why he’s the best goalie in the world.

At the bleakest moment of the Rangers’ season, just after they had been blown out for the second straight game in Pittsburgh to put their season on the edge of elimination, Coach Gerard Gallant sent a message of faith.

An hour earlier, he pulled Igor Shesterkin from his net — also for the second straight game — amid the deafening, derisive chants from the Pittsburgh fans: “Eee-gor. Eee-gor,” they yelled with delight as Shesterkin sat on the loneliest corner of the bench.

It was an odd scene.

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