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Igor Shesterkin shines as Rangers notch 3rd straight shutout

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Apr 19, 2022; New York, New York, USA;  New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) makes a save against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Igor Shesterkin made 31 saves as the host New York Rangers posted a 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

The Rangers (50-21-6, 106 points) reached 50 wins for the fifth time in team history and first time since the 2014-15 season. New York also posted its third consecutive shutout after blanking the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings in the last week.

New York also improved to 10-2-1 in its past 13 games and has allowed one goal or fewer seven times during that stretch. The Rangers have a shutout streak of 180 minutes, six seconds and have posted three straight shutouts for the first time since February 1973.

Shesterkin recorded his sixth shutout of the season and eighth career. He highlighted his 36th victory with a point-blank stop on Blake Wheeler’s breakaway try with about 5 1/2 minutes left.

Ryan Strome scored a power-play goal late in the second period and added an empty-netter, while defenseman Adam Fox also tallied for the Rangers. Artemi Panarin collected a pair of assists to become the second player this season to reach 70 assists and former Jet Andrew Copp also had two assists.

Winnipeg (35-31-11, 81 points) continued its late-season fade by losing its third straight. The Jets, who last missed the playoffs in the 2016-17 season, dropped to 2-6-1 in their past nine games following an 11-4-1 run from Feb. 27 to March 30.

Winnipeg goalie Eric Comrie made 31 saves.

Shesterkin’s first big save occurred with 5:13 remaining in the first when he leaned back to stop a 60-foot slap shot from Dylan DeMelo and cover up the subsequent rebound try by Dominic Toninato. He then stopped Mason Appleton on a two-on-one early in the second

New York finally broke through when Strome cut to the front of the net, waited for a cross-ice feed from Mika Zibanejad and deflected the puck over Comrie’s right shoulder.

With about 14 minutes left in the third, Shesterkin made a chest save on Ehlers and with 8:13 remaining, Fox made it 2-0 by getting a pass from Panarin and lifting a wrist shot from between the circles over Comrie’s right shoulder.

–Field Level Media