CHICAGO — Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev got his second straight start Tuesday in place of the injured Igor Shesterkin, and his second straight start against Chicago. He made 24 saves to improve his record to 4-1-1 on the season, and said after the game that he is available to play again Wednesday night when the Rangers return home to Madison Square Garden to host the Colorado Avalanche.
"Yes, I can go,’’ he said.
Georgiev had struggled badly before Shesterkin was forced to leave Friday’s game against San Jose. But he played well in closing out the 1-0 victory that night, and has now won two straight.
"It feels nice to be back in action, play a few in a row,’’ he said. "It's been a while, and I'm enjoying that. Thankfully, the guys are playing awesome too, making my job a little easier.’’
Coach Gerard Gallant said he didn’t know whether he will start Georgiev on Wednesday or go with Adam Huska, the goaltender the Rangers called up from AHL Hartford on Saturday to back up for Georgiev when Shesterkin was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
Fleury still at 499
Chicago goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury failed in his first crack at his 500th career victory. He allowed five goals on 29 shots. He got his 499th victory Sunday in a shootout win against the Islanders.
Fleury was the goaltender for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, coached by Gallant.
"With Marc-Andre Fleury, he come to play every day,’’ Gallant said. "He had a big smile on his face every day. Teammates loved him; coaches loved him. He’s just a great person, and he deserves everything he gets, because he's been outstanding.’’
The Nov. 28 game against the Islanders at the Garden that was postponed because the Islanders had eight players in COVID-19 protocol at the time, has been rescheduled by the NHL for Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m.