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Alexandar Georgiev gets the start in Rangers' season opener against Capitals

Washington Capitals right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) tries

Washington Capitals right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) tries to deflect the puck past Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Washington. Credit: AP/Alex Brandon

WASHINGTON — Alexandar Georgiev got the start in goal in the season opener for the Rangers Wednesday, and coach Gerard Gallant said the reason was basically because since the Blueshirts open the season with back-to-back games — they play their home opener Thursday night at Madison Square Garden against Dallas — he intended to split the games with his two goaltenders. That suggests Igor Shesterkin will start the home opener Thursday.

"Very seldom are we ever going to play goalies back-to-back,’’ Gallant said at the morning skate. "It might happen once in a while, but we’ve got two good goalies, and we're very confident in our goaltending.’’

Georgiev allowed five goals on 27 shots but Gallant insisted the goalie wasn’t bad.

"I think ‘Georgie’ played real well. I don't think … there's any issue with the goals with Georgie,’’ Gallant said. "He made some good saves, and they scored some good goals. And a few he didn't have a chance on, obviously.’’

Strome: It's nice to be recognized

Ryan Strome said being named one of six alternate captains Monday doesn’t define him, but it was "nice to be recognized.’’

"I've always tried to be a guy that tries to say and do the right things, try to lift my teammates up, be a good guy, keep it light,’’ he said. "But definitely, to be rewarded is a great feeling … I’ve been a captain at pretty much every level except the NHL, and I can tick that one off. So it’s a nice feeling. My mom was pretty happy. I'll have to get the trainers to give me a jersey with an ‘A’ on it for my basement.’’

Goodrow watches Lightning raise banner

Barclay Goodrow, another of the six alternate captains, said it was a little weird watching his old team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, play in the NHL opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday.

"I watched the banner raising,’’ he said. "It's pretty cool to see something going up in the rafters that you helped contribute to.’’

Goodrow said he has not yet received his Stanley Cup ring from the Lightning, but thought he may get it when the Rangers visit Tampa Dec. 31.

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