A long Rangers playoff run depends on several factors, none more important than Igor Shesterkin.

The Rangers took on the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden for the first time since opening night of the 2019-20 season. The world sure has changed since then, hasn’t it? The Jets came into the game on a two game losing streak and 4-5-1 over their last 10. The Rangers looked to win their 3rd in row and re-tie the Hurricanes for first in the Metro. The game itself went as expected, so let’s keep this short and sweet.

Rangers 1 – Jets 0

After a relatively dull first period, things stepped up the 2nd as as the both teams traded grade a chances.  But the Ranger struck first on the power play with this cheeky little passing sequence.

Rangers 2 – Jets 0

Adam Fox scored the goal that effectively killed the Jets.  A great possession shift by the Blueshirts with all 5 Rangers buzzing and moving.  Panarin attracts so much attention and is able to lay it off to Fox high in the zone who snaps one through some traffic and goes top shelf.

Rangers 3 – Jets 0

Empty netter by Strome for his 19th of the year which ties a career high.

This was potentially the Jets last meaningful game of the season as they teeter on the edge of being eliminated from playoff contention, and they certainly played as the more desperate team.  But the Rangers were fine for the most part and Igor Shesterkin picked up any mistakes made.

Can’t say this is going to go down as a memorable win, but they took care of business and on top of that recorded their 3rd straight shutout for the first time since February 1973 (shoutouts Eddie Giacomin and Gilles Villemure). See you Thursday against the Isles.


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