Alexandar Georgiev gets the nod on the net against the capitals tonight, but Igor Shesterkin seems close. Very close.
The 25-year-old was in full training yesterday, and coach Kris Knoblauch hinted at the possibility of a return on Saturday. « Shesty is an option this weekend, » he stated in his first post-training interview. This is great news for everyone involved.
On March 4th, as the Rangers cruised to an easy win over the Devils, Shesterkin made a sudden move from left to right and fell to the ground in great pain. The goalkeeper was lying on the ice, clenched his blocker hand and grabbed his leg.
The pain was so unbearable that Shesterkin needed two people to lift him off the ice and carry him into the locker room. As simple as the injury looked, he was diagnosed with mild groin strain, but has missed and counted 7 games since then.
Prior to his injury, Shesterkin had won two straight and three of his last four stars. In those three wins, he only gave up four goals. It looked like he was going to turn a corner and start coming.
Now the blueshirts are hoping he can pick up where he left off. In his absence so far, they have won 3-1 with Georgiev tonight.
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