After this, Rangers coach David Quinn said he and his staff had planned to “sit down and find out what the next step is,” considering his goal trifecta. He also said that “it is tempting” to return to Alex Georgiev.
And so the Blueshirts netminding carousel turns, while Georgiev made 32 saves on the way to his team’s 6-2 victory over the Islanders on Monday night at the Garden.
“He made some key salvages when we needed him,” Quinn said.
It was filled with people when the Rangers summoned Russian prospect Igor Shesterkin a week ago, the 24-year-old won two straight starts to start his NHL career. But it was a healthy scratch during the last two, as Henrik Lundqvist lost in St. Louis on Saturday before Georgiev began, his first since January 4.
“It is not an ideal situation, as we have all spoken,” Quinn said. “We wanted to get a game for Hank and Georgie after Igor had his two starts, and then we can really sit down and find out what the next step is.”
Georgiev insisted that he no longer feels more pressure to succeed in this situation, but admitted that it felt good to continue his dominance over the islanders, having won two of the three games against them last season while stopping 58 of 60 shots .
“It feels really good,” Georgiev said. “Obviously, the team helped me a lot today. We take the lead and play well in defense. I just had to do my job. “
Quinn made a point to say that two fights of the first period helped his team: the first heavyweight fight between Micheal Haley and Ross Johnston, the second between Brendan Smith and Matt Martin who were kicked out of the game because the line judge it did not. He drops the disc in the showdown and his fight happened before the game was restarted.
“I think it may have had an effect for us,” said Quinn, whose team lost 1-0 just 18 seconds in the game, but dominated after the fights.
There was also a close combat at the end of the third period between Johnston and Tony DeAngelo, as well as Chris Kreider dragging Brock Nelson by the shirt. That will surely be on the minds of both teams when they meet at the Colosseum Thursday night.
“Every time you play three games in a week, there are emotions that move,” Quinn said. “But with that said, we have to play hockey.”
Pavel Buchnevich was a game time decision with the flu, but he was able to play. … Marc Staal returned after missing Saturday’s game with an upper body injury, knocking Libor Hajek out of the lineup. … The end Philip Di Giuseppe, retired from AHL Hartford on Sunday, was a scratch.
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