Shesterkin replaced Keith Kinkaid (undisclosed) midway through the third period Saturday, stopping seven of nine shots in a 5-4 win over the Bruins. The two teams combined for four goals in the final 11 minutes, resulting in Shesterkin getting credit for the win, his 16th of the season. The 25-year-old battled injuries this season but was solid when he was on the ice, and he should head into next season as the Rangers' No. 1 netminder. Shesterkin went 16-14-3 with a 2.62 GAA and .916 save percentage in 35 appearances (31 starts).
Shesterkin turned aside 30 of 34 shots in Thursday's 4-0 loss to the Bruins. Shesterkin never really had a chance in this one, as the injury-riddled Rangers dressed an inexperienced and overmatched group of skaters in front of him. Boston finished with a 34-15 edge in shots, handing Shesterkin his third consecutive regulation loss. Like the rest of his teammates, Shesterkin has played well against the dregs of the East Division (Buffalo and New Jersey), but it's been a month since he notched a victory against any other team.
Shesterkin will start Thursday's game against Boston. Shesterkin was shelled to the tune of five goals on 39 shots in his last start Monday against the Capitals. He'll look for a better fate in the Rangers' penultimate game of the season against a Bruins team jockeying for playoff positioning with the Penguins, Islanders and Capitals.
Shesterkin turned aside 34 of 39 shots in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Capitals. Washington's final goal was scored into an empty net. Shesterkin didn't get a lot help in this one but also wasn't at his sharpest, and the loss helped eliminate the Rangers from the postseason. The 25-year-old has a 2.53 GAA and .918 save percentage on the year.
Shesterkin will protect the home cage Monday against Washington. Shesterkin gave up three goals in a shutout loss to the Islanders in his last start, but he's been excellent against Washington this season. In three previous meetings with the Capitals, he's gone 3-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .946 save percentage. The Rangers will be without a pair of defensive regulars in Jacob Trouba (upper body) and Ryan Lindgren (upper body), while the Washington attack will be missing T.J. Oshie (personal) and possibly Alex Ovechkin (lower body).
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